Body image, as most know, is entirely dependent on the mindful thinking of the person it is related with. Human behavior is perhaps one of the most interesting and predictable yet baffling topics of study. People respond to each other by past experiences and then draw a conclusion about that person judging them by their looks, personalities, backgrounds, and reputation. At my school, I noticed that for the most part, all the popular students were good looking, which, needless to say, a common stereotype is for “those” people. I then began to wonder to myself if looks might be emphasized more psychologically then we realized. I started observing how I treated my good-looking peers in contrast with my not so “privileged” in the good looks category peers. I noticed that I was a lot more open, conversational and less tense with those with lesser good looks. I also observed that my behavior changed into more of what would be called, respect or even fear. I became tense and worried what they might think of me because surely they would report anything “strange” about me to their fellow good-looking/popular peers and to me, what they thought really counted.
Why does it matter?
Looking good gives you an edge. Multiple studies have addressed this fact and their conclusion is simple: yes, good-looking people tend to get unfair, beneficial treatment. The benefits can be found everywhere – schools, organizations, etc. In fact, such an unfair treatment usually can be attributed to people thinking the visually attractive person is better at the core basics too. It can be called the ‘halo effect’ as it creates a positive energy vibe around the attractive person. This gets worse when you notice that the people around don’t care how they’re being treated by the ‘genetically gifted’. This majorly impacts the people who are not too good looking in a bad way, as lesser people talk to them. The lesser they talk, the more introverted, shy, and anxious they become. This, over a period of time, dynamically transforms into depression and other anxiety issues. The very basic physical feature like height can give people inferiority complex and basically ruin their self-image whenever they try to achieve something.
What studies show?
However, there’s the exception of some people, who genuinely have a nice personality. They have something about their persona that just attracts people even when they’re not physically attractive. All this over time leads to a more positive of an impact on their social circle as a whole. Nonetheless, it has been noted through studies that better-looking people have a different mindset altogether. They tend to believe they belong to higher strata in the society and this often comes up in their behavior. The way they talk, act, and socialize is a big and probably the best indicator of what their beliefs are. They tend to be cockier and usually boast a lot. Furthermore, they have also been noted to socialize with a general crowd less solely based on their belief that they are on a step higher than the rest. This gets to their minds and eventually ends up hurting the less attractive ones. However, physical beauty is just a way of assessing a person first-hand. It is like judging a book by its cover. It can either be good or bad. Quite similarly, it really doesn’t matter if you’re not attractive, it’s what you have on the inside that matters the most. After all, we’re all a part of the same society desperately trying to be a part of it and get better.