June 7, 2010

Coffee Talk: The Halo Effect...

***Warning...the post below is that of MY opinion only. I am not stating that I fully agree with the research, I am stating what I may have witnessed, and/or what I've heard (either actual stories or simply other research). It's not to offend anyone***

I recently read, in the June issue of Allure magazine, an article called "Pretty in the City". It basically talked about how attractive females are happier as opposed to less attractive females. This was also in correlation with personal relationships as well. It was a very small article, and, after reading it, I began thinking of 'The Halo Effect' and the similarities.

In society, attractive people tend to be more intelligent, better adjusted...more popular. This is described as the halo effect (due to the perfection associated with angels). It was stated that attractive people also have more occupational success and more dating experience than their unattractive counterparts. One theory behind this halo effect is that it is accurate -- attractive people are indeed more successful.

An alternative explanation for attractive people achieving more in life is that we automatically categorize others before having an opportunity to evaluate their personalities, based on cultural stereotypes which say attractive people must be intrinsically good, and ugly people must be inherently bad.

Whatever the reason, the notion that attractiveness correlates with success still rings true. Yet beauty is not always advantageous, for beautiful people, particularly attractive women, tend to be perceived as more materialistic, snobbish, and vain.

For better or worse, the bottom line is that beauty matters; it pervades society and affects how we choose loved ones. Thus, striving to appear attractive may not be such a vain endeavor after all.

What do you guys think?

Now for my outfit posts...
Taken Saturday...movie night
NY&CO Tank; jeggings??; Target shoes; WalMart necklace & bracelet

Taken today after work
Target dress; Shoe Land shoes; Necklace from Macy's (Miami) for $4


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  2. That is a very interesting read and I agree with your thoughts.

    But I was asked by a colleague this question: would you prefer to be dumb but beautiful or ugly yet smart? I chose the latter... my theory is that bright and intelligent people will find ways to make good money and can do a lot of wonders in their appearance when finance is not a problem.

    Love your outfits... the first is so effortlessly chic and so relaxed... I'm loving your tattoo too.

    The second outfit is simple and elegant. You've got style... you can transform from being laid-back to ultra glam in a jiffy. xoxo

  3. Thanks Leah...I do, however, agree with your response. I would choose the latter as well.

  4. Love the outfits. I dunno about the study? But I guess its probably true. :-)

  5. Thanks Bianca! It's amazing though...I've received a ton of private emails regarding this article & people are really upset by it. The reality is that this nonsense does go on ... It's unfair.

  6. Love the outfits! As always!

    I think that looks do matter but a lot of people don't want to admit it. I don't think they are #1 or make or break ones happiness.

    I do think how you FEEL about yourself shows on the outside and when you feel good that just exudes confidence and beauty to everyone. I've met plenty of non-attractive people (by society's terms) but their personalites made them gorgeous. Know what I mean?

  7. Mimi...I totally know what you mean. I too have met individuals who are "non-attractive" but after speaking with them & actually spending time with them...I thought they were beautiful people. It's funny because my mother always told me that there are some beautiful people out there (outer looks)but some may be so "ugly" inside that it comes out on the outside...then they're not so beautiful anymore.

  8. I love the way that top drapes you and love the look w jeggings!

  9. thanks! I love that top...I should have purchased it in every single color.

  10. Corie ... you have a tattoo! How cool!

  11. @Nina - I've had this tattoo since I was like 18...it's the only one and for good reason! lol

  12. great outfits corie! my mom also said the same thing...you may be beautiful on the outside but if you have an ugly personality than you become not beautiful at all. i have met people who were pretty but after getting to know them, they didn't seem so pretty anymore. plus beauty wears off after a while if you don't have the personality to keep up with it.


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