Self Evaluation of Physical Attractiveness as a Function of Self-Esteem and Defensiveness
The accuracy of people in estimating their physical attractiveness and the extent to which these estimations related to self-esteem, defensiveness, and gender was investigated. Subjects were 114 male and 202 female undergraduates. They completed the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the K scale of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), and rated their physical attractiveness (p < .0001), with the tendency significantly greater for males (p < .001). Overestimation was greatest for low attractive subjects and least for high attractive subjects. In addition, overestimators were significantly more defensive (p < .01), and had significantly higher self-esteem (p < .001>. Further research was suggested regarding the conditions under which self-ratings are obtained and relationships between physical appearance and other personality traits.
Journal of Social Behavior and Personality
Gurman, E. B.,
(1990). Self Evaluation of Physical Attractiveness as a Function of Self-Esteem and Defensiveness. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 5(6), 575-580.
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