Itâ€™s a tough life if you are beautiful. Research has shown us that beautiful people have better jobs, are more successful, have more friends, and earn on average twelve per cent more than average looking folk. Given the arduous nature of their existence then it will come as a great relief to beauties that people understand them more easily as well.
The expressed aim of this new study was to see if a personâ€™s attractiveness would impact other peopleâ€™s ability to discern their personality traits.
To test this male and female subjects were put into pairs for a three-minute, one-on-one conversation. After talking to one person the subjects then moved on to another and so on. After each interaction the subjects rated their partners for physical attractiveness and also on five major personality traits; openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Each person also rated their own personality.
The researchers then established the accuracy of participants assessments of others by matching them to their self-assessment. This was after adjustments were made to allow for the positive bias that comes with self-assessment.
First, there was a significant overall positive assessment of beautiful people and people more accurately assessed the personality of attractive people as well.
This is probably because people are motivated to pay close attention to beautiful people for a range of reasons including curiosity, romantic interest, a desire for friendship, or a desire for social status.
It just goes to show that as the adage has it, not only do we judge books by their covers but we are also more likely to read them if that cover is attractive.