Tuesday, August 2, 2011

When Beauty Backfires

Queen Psychological studies have long shown that physically attractive people get the benefit of the doubt, get away with bad behavior, and make more money than everyone else.  However, a paper in this month's Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, as reported in Psychology Today, being attractive can negatively affect a job application.

One study demonstrated that people give more favorable ratings to attractive job applicants of the opposite sex, but less favorable ratings to job applicants of the same sex.  The same held true of people asked to evaluate videotaped college applicants.  Moreover, "[t]he tendency to judge attractive people of the same sex more harshly is particularly strong among individuals who, themselves, are low in self-esteem. The effect of appearance on evaluations gets smaller for respondents with moderate self-esteem, and goes away entirely for high-self-esteem participants."

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