Interpersonal Realities

  • Gordon L. Patzer
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (PSPS)


Research findings clearly, repeatedly, and consistently show people do not behave in a manner consistent with the adage, You can’t judge a book by its cover. Based merely on an individual’s physical attractiveness, people formulate complex, elaborate, and comprehensive ideas about another person. Research in the area of physical attractiveness and interpersonal realities has produced four general findings:
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    Greater social power is experienced by those of higher as opposed to lower physical attractiveness.

  2. 2.

    All other things being equal, individuals of higher physical attractiveness are better liked than those of lower physical attractiveness.

  3. 3.

    People of higher physical attractiveness are assumed to possess more positive and favorable characteristics than their counterparts of lower physical attractiveness.

  4. 4.

    Those higher in physical attractiveness have different effects on others and receive different responses from others than those lower in physical attractiveness.



Student Teacher Physical Attractiveness Preschool Teacher Rape Victim Stimulus Person 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordon L. Patzer
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  1. 1.Loyola Marymount UniversityLos AngelesUSA

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