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People can be too perfect effects of subjects and targets attractiveness on interpersonal attraction






Psychological Reports 55(2): 351-360

People can be too perfect effects of subjects and targets attractiveness on interpersonal attraction

This study provided an explanation of selections of others to meet based on composites of qualities inputed to the others. Women, consensually identified as representative of 1 of 3 levels of attractiveness, made attraction responses to female targets consensually identified as representative of 5 levels of attractiveness. Attraction responses were attributions of personality traits and the selection of 1 target person to meet. Socially desirable attributions increased and the attribution of psychological disturbance decreased with targets' increasing attractiveness. The attribution of negative or egocentric qualities increased with targets' increasing attractiveness, except for targets of moderately high attractiveness, who were described as significantly less egocentric than targets of average and very high attractiveness. Targets of moderately high attractiveness were the overwhelming favorites for interaction. All results were uninfluenced by subjects' attractiveness. Results were discussed in terms of a social-exchange theory of human relations.

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