Researchers discovered that women with kind dispositions are perceived as more physically beautiful than cruel ones in a recent study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.... The study also found that men prefer female faces that express kindness over cruelty.
Beauty is much more than just about how you look. It's also about how you feel on the inside.
The characterization of a person as "beautiful," whether on an individual or group basis, is frequently based on some combination of inner beauty, which includes psychological factors such as personality, intelligence, grace, politeness, charisma, integrity, congruence, and elegance, and outer beauty (ie, physical beauty).
In modern culture, where physical attractiveness is highly valued, many people use cosmetics to try to improve their appearance. The application of makeup and other skin care products has been a part of human history since prehistoric times. Evidence of cosmetic use has been found in the cave paintings of France (approximately 30,000 years old) and Spain (about 20,000 years old). As civilization progressed, so did the knowledge about skin care; by the Renaissance era, physicians were recommending specific treatments for skin diseases, including blistering chemicals used to remove tattoos.
Makeup has come a long way since then. Today's cosmetics include ingredients such as minerals that help maintain healthy skin, vitamins that aid in collagen production, and antioxidants that fight free radicals. They also may contain traces of metals such as zinc, copper, iron, and silver which are needed for various functions in the body but which can become toxic at higher levels. However, even with these advancements, many cosmetics still contain large amounts of harmful chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, and mineral oils.
Indeed, according to a research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, individuals consider conventionally handsome people to "possess more socially acceptable personality qualities" and "have better lives" than traditionally ugly people. The study also found that women prefer attractive male partners in relationships and men prefer beautiful female partners in mate selection processes.
Beauty has the power to influence our daily lives in many ways. From a practical point of view, it is well known that people tend to trust others who they think are good-looking, so physical attractiveness plays a role in determining how we are treated by other people.
From a scientific perspective, there are several studies showing that perceptions of beauty are linked with social acceptance, relationship success, and even health. A survey conducted by University College London found that adults perceive happiness as a main attribute in faces they find attractive. The same study also revealed that attractive people are perceived as healthier and less likely to suffer from depression. However, this correlation was observed only among women. No such link was reported for men.
Finally, there is some evidence indicating that beauty benefits those who possess it. Some studies have shown that healthy-looking people are treated better by employers and more likely to be hired. Also, attractive people tend to get paid more than their less attractive peers.
However, beauty is not always favorable because beautiful people, particularly gorgeous women, are viewed as more materialistic, snobby, and egotistical. For better or worse, research demonstrates that beauty matters; it penetrates society and influences how we see ourselves and others. Beauty can even matter to animals: scientists have shown that animals, from insects to mammals, use physical attractiveness as a guide for choosing mates.
In humans, there is considerable evidence that attractive people are treated differently by others. They are asked for dates more often, hired more frequently, and promoted faster. They also receive higher wages, on average. The most plausible explanation for these effects is that they are products of social norms: people want to fit in, so they try to act like the most attractive people around them. If those people get preferential treatment, then others will, too.
The study of facial beauty has a long history, with artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti painting portraits of some of the most beautiful people in history. In modern times, scientific studies have confirmed what many people already knew: faces that are attractive to one person may not be so to another. Different people find different qualities desirable in a face and will place different weights on each factor in deciding how attractive they find someone else's face.
But what about other aspects of human beauty? Do teeth matter? Hair?
International outcomes The preference for personality above appearance is shared by people all across the world. The aggregate results in every nation polled suggest that people value personality more than physical appearance. For example, according to a 2005 study conducted by British newspaper The Guardian, most Russians prefer Ayn Rand's character Natasha Romanoff as their favorite superhero, despite the fact that she is not particularly attractive.
The survey also found that Japanese fans prefer Kensei Kotomine from Fist of the North Star over his more handsome American counterpart, Kenji Kurokawa. Russian readers chose the title character from the novel The Master and Margarita instead. As for Indians, they picked up Andhra Pradesh-based villain Krishna "Krisna" Bhaktavatsala from Marvel Comics instead of its Indian hero Indian Subhas Chandra Bose.
In addition to this list, other personalities who have been chosen by their fans include Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Steve Jobs, Charlie Chaplin, George Clooney, and Marilyn Monroe.
Why do characters from comics get popular votes among global audiences? In reality, it is because many famous characters come from comics. From superheroes to villains, there are lots of choices for fans to vote for. If you ask me, I would say that beauty does matter but so does personality.
Some people are unconcerned with their appearance. It varies from individual to person. For some people, personality can overshadow physical appearance right away. For others, it may not be as clear until later in life. Sometimes people will find out that one of their friends or colleagues is also unkempt looking, but still manage to maintain a strong personality.
The overall meaning is that although you can tell immediately how a person appears physically, it takes more time to judge them based on their personality. Both aspects are important in making a good first impression.