The Gains and Losses of Beauty

The Gains and Losses of Beauty - Eng. 100 - Sum. 198 Hafez,...

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Eng. 100 - Sum. 198 Hafez, Fall 2000 Directions: You have 45 minutes to read and summarize the following passage. The number of words in the passage is indicated in brackets, at the end of the passage. Your summary should be approximately one third the length of the original text. The Gains and Losses of Beauty No doubt about it, extremely good-looking people have a significant social edge. They are less lonely, less socially anxious (especially about interactions with the opposite sex), more popular, more sexually experienced, and more socially skilled. The social rewards of sexual attractiveness appear to get off to an early start. Given such benefits, one would expect that the beautiful would also have a significant psychological advantage. But they do not. Physical attractiveness has little, if any, association with self-esteem, mental health, personality traits, or intelligence. One possible reason why beauty does not affect psychological well-being is that actual physical attractiveness, as evaluated by others, may have less impact than self-perceived physical attractiveness. People
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