Evaluating the physical attractiveness of oneself and one's romantic partner

Swami, Viren, Stieger, Stefan, Haubner, Tanja, Voracek, Martin and Furnham, Adrian (2009) Evaluating the physical attractiveness of oneself and one's romantic partner. Journal of Individual Differences, 30 (1). pp. 35-43. ISSN 1614-0001

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/1614-0001.30.1.35


The present study sought to extend recent work by examining individual and relationship variables that predict the love-is-blind bias, that is, a tendency to perceive one's romantic partner as more attractive than oneself. A sample of 113 men and 143 women completed a battery of tests that included various demographic, individual difference, and relationship-related measures. Results provided support for a love-is-blind bias, in that both women and men rated their romantic partners as significantly more attractive than themselves on overall attractiveness and the attractiveness of various body components. Results also showed that the Big Five personality factor of Extraversion, self-esteem, relationship satisfaction, and romantic love were positively correlated with the love-is-blind bias, whereas relationship length and playful love were negatively correlated with the bias. The results of this study are considered in relation to previous work on positive partner illusions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 06 May 2009 08:26
Last Modified: 06 May 2009 08:26
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/6759

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