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Good-looking people full of themselves

world Updated: Oct 26, 2012 02:07 IST
Good-looking people

Those who are blessed in the looks department are lacking in other areas of their personality, as attractive people tend to be self-promoting and conformist, a study suggests.

In a warning not to judge a book by its cover, these findings put an end to the stereotype "what is beautiful is good".

Instead, physically attractive people tend to be less independent and tolerant than those less blessed with good looks.

Psychologists set out to find out if attractive people really have attractive traits and values, noting it was difficult to resist the temptation of assuming that a person's outward appearance reflects something meaningful about his or her inner personality.

Research showed that people tend to perceive attractive adults as more social, successful, and well-adjusted than less attractive adults - a phenomenon dubbed "what is beautiful is good" or "the halo effect" whereby we see a "halo" of good qualities around attractive people.

It tested the theory of whether outside observers would perceive attractive women as more likely to have socially desirable personality traits than less attractive women.

Specifically they would judge attractive women to be more agreeable, extroverted, conscientious, open to experiences, and emotionally stable than less attractive women.

Attractive women were perceived as more likely to value achievement than less attractive women.