A lot of think that attractive people are successful in careers. Though our thoughts are not entirely true, attractiveness works as a plus point in many sectors. As a result, success, at least in part, depends on the physical aspect. Of course, an attractive person is not always regarded as a good candidate, but more often than others. So, how does the attractiveness affects success?
Attractive people usually have a better salary
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There is a phenomenon that social psychologists call the “halo effect,” which is our tendency to assume that someone who is attractive has other positive qualities. Thanks to this cognitive bias, attractive people usually have a better salary.
Daniel Hamermesh, a psychologist at the University of Texas carried out a research and found that an attractive person earn at least 1.69 million in his/her 40-year career, while a person with a normal physical appeal earn an average of 1.46 million. According to a study conducted with a sample of Americans and Canadians, attractive people earn between 12% and 14% more than unattractive people. It was also found that attractive estate agents generate more benefits.
Attractive people are usually more confident
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Experiments have shown that due to the halo effect, we believe attractive people are more sociable and influential, more interesting sex partners, intelligent and socially sophisticated. Beautiful children appear to be more attractive to adults, and they remain in the advantageous position, which makes them more confident over time.
Markus Mobius and Tanya Rosenblat of the University of Michigan wrote an article titled ” Why Beauty is so important?” They note that this is the effect of “self-fulfilling prophecy.
Attractive people tend to have better social skills
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The Mobius and Rosenblat studies also found that physical attractiveness improve social and communication skills, what makes entrepreneurs believe that these people are more productive. The result – a significant impact on career development. Studies also show that foster social skills of children could have a greater impact on their future benefits that foster their intellectual abilities.
Attractive women seek better conditions in the negotiations
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According to research, men are more likely to tolerate injustice of attractive women.The study, conducted by the School of Management of the Chinese Zhejiang University, Chinese men between the ages of 18 and 26 years viewed images of faces 300 Chinese women, the attraction of those were assessed in advance by another group of men. Then they showed a photo of one of the women and asked to decide whether they would accept the offer of the woman to divide a sum of money. Men were more likely to accept an unfair offer of an attractive woman.
Attractive people less likely to receive job offers from less attractive interviewers
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Believe it or not, being attractive is not always good.
As Heidi Grant Halvorson explains in his book, “No One Understands You And What To Do About It,” the ego of a job interviewer may be threatened if he/she is less attractive than the candidate who is interviewing. And as a result, the interviewer doesn’t recruit the attractive person to avoid competitiveness.
And numerous studies confirm this. “Actually this happens unconsciously, nobody says to himself, I won’t hire the person because he/she looks better than me and i feel threatened by this person, but that’s exactly what happens,”says Halverson.
being attractive can be useful in many times, but there are also times when your attractiveness can give you less opportunities to succeed in life.