Huh. Unattractive People Overestimate Their Attractiveness; Attractive People Underestimate Theirs.

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to a super attractive friend or romantic partner tell me they looked like crap.  Or asked for reassurance that they looked okay — when in fact, they looked stunning.

This kind of behavior can actually be a little trying. It can come off as a disingenuous form of attention-seeking.  » Read more

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Women Aren’t Attracted to Men That Seem Like Easy Marks

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There has been a lot of research on sexual exploitation. But I’ll admit that today’s study really grabbed my attention for a simple reason: Most of the body of scientific literature focuses on men as the ones who exploit others sexually. This study instead looked into women and how they might sexually exploit men, something that hasn’t received much objective empirical focus.  » Read more

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The Better Looking You Are, the More Likely You Are to Think That Life Is Fair

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In a previous installment of this series, we talked about a psychological consistency theory known as Belief in a Just World. Here’s a good explanation of the phenomenon by prominent researcher, Carol Tavris:

“Consistency theories all assume that human beings have a fundamental need to find meaning and order in life’s experiences.  » Read more

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Do Women Actually Dig Beards on Men?

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Man, I gotta tell you. I have a great love of reading research studies. But sometimes their native titles are a real hoot. Here’s an example. So I just read one today that basically is investigating whether women dig men with beards. Here’s what it’s called though:

“A multivariate analysis of women’s mating strategies and sexual selection on men’s facial morphology.”  » Read more

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