This week, I’m turning to the fascinating subject of human attraction to share two unexpected and slightly bizarre aspects that seem to have a positive impact on how attractive we seem to others.
I’ll start with an aspect of a man’s face that seemed to lead to women giving them higher attraction ratings – and this one is really unusual as the aspect that made a difference was… scars.
Yes, especially when it came to shorter term relationships, women rated men with facial scars as more attractive by an average of 6% in research undertaken by British psychologists.
As far as an aspect of a woman’s body that led to more attractive ratings – well, it all seems to do with the lower back. Psychologists in Portugal, Sweden and the USA found that the curvature of the lumbar spine (the lower spine just above the backside) had a big impact. They created female avatars with varying degrees of lumbar curvature and those with a curve, when compared with those with no curve, were rated more positively by men and women in terms of attractiveness.
An added point to the latter piece of research was that the authors suggest that wearing high heels may oblige women to curve their lower back a little and may lead to the common perception that they add to a woman’s attractiveness.
I hope this week’s insight are of interest and I’ll be back in the New year with some more meetology® – helping you thrive professionally and personally by making people skills one of your superpowers.
1:Burriss, Robert P., Hannah M. Rowland, and Anthony C. Little. “Facial scarring enhances men’s attractiveness for short-term relationships.” Personality and Individual Differences 46.2 (2009): 213-217.
2:Pazhoohi, Farid, et al. “Arching the Back (Lumbar Curvature) as a Female Sexual Proceptivity Signal: an Eye-Tracking Study.” Evolutionary Psychological Science (2017): 1-8.