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The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness

Brown Walker Press
Publication date: July 2006
ISBN: 9781581124446
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Gordon L. Patzer, Ph.D., brings to light that physical attractiveness impacts every person throughout every community across the United States and around the world. Although physical attractiveness is a readily visible feature. The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness documents its frequently unrecognized and often denied dynamics and consequences. Readers of this book will gain insight into the seldom acknowledged and seldom articulated influences that physical attractiveness exerts every day in their own lives, in the lives of family members and coworkers, and in populations of the past, present, and future. Dr. Patzer is uniquely qualified with cross-discipline perspective and long-term commitment to investigate hidden values connected to physical attractiveness that transcend surface looks. In a recent on-camera interview with Dr. Patzer, the primetime television news program Dateline NBC recognized that his formal research into physical attractiveness phenomenon spans more than three decades. With penetrating vision, The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness provides evidence that despite professed ideals, people do judge people by their covers. One ramification is that physical attractiveness as part of a person's appearance is a more powerful determinant of a person's fortune and misfortune in life than people admit or realize. No matter the words, thoughts, and ideals proclaimed by overwhelming majorities of people, these same people judge, assume, infer, believe, act, treat, decide, accept, reject, and behave toward or against individuals, in patterns consistent with their own physical attractiveness and that of others. While many dimensions define appearance, physical attractiveness predominates. All people inherit and alter their physical attractiveness, and complex interdependent factors, physical and non-physical, determine physical attractiveness. Hidden and not-so-hidden values drive thoughts and actions that, when unchecked, produce significant realities whereby higher physical attractiveness is overwhelmingly beneficial and lower physical attractiveness is overwhelmingly detrimental. These realities, or effects, impact every individual throughout the person's life-from cradle ("Oh, what a cute baby!") to casket ("Doesn't he look good?") and everywhere in between. Individuals of all ages, males and females, and ultimately entire populations, encounter realities that "beauty is ugly," or, at least, "beauty can be ugly." Physical attractiveness may look skin-deep as a surface aspect of appearance, but looks can be deceiving. Researchers throughout the world collect empirical data complemented with anecdotal data to probe beyond the surfaces. Through investigations that meet meticulous scientific methodological procedures, acute observations reveal previously undetected dimensions that continuously advance understanding about physical attractiveness. The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness explores, discovers, and documents the theory, evidence, and circumstances in which physical attractiveness is a remarkable veneer with influences that extend considerably beyond what we call skin-deep. The author, Dr. Patzer, formally cites more than 700 references as he identifies a universal and complex phenomenon. Through a multiple-stage process, physical attractiveness serves as an informational cue that drives this phenomenon. People, knowingly and unknowingly, infer extensive information based on this cue, which triggers assumptions, expectations, attitudes, and behaviors. The process leads to powerful consequences with significant benefits and detriments for every person, caused by his or her respective level of physical attractiveness.
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