Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Change, and Be More Attractive

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Change, and Be More Attractive

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Byline: Chiara Atik

WHEN you're single and dating, odds are you spend a fair amount of time worrying about your looks.

Even someone who isn't especially prone to narcissism will find him or herself staring at a reflective surface before a date, contemplating their own pulchritude.

aAm I good looking?'' aAm I better looking than his last date?'' aWill she find me attractive?''

It's a troubling worry, because, you know, we were all born with either Angelina Jolie genes or ... without. Luckily, science, for once, has some good news.

There are things you can change about yourself (hairstyle, clothing, physical fitness) and things you can't (face shape, eye colour, height).

Psychology Today's Dr Jeremy Nicholson recently rediscovered a 1997 study that sought to discover which physical features would be most attractive to the opposite sex. After surveying a number of men and women, the researchers were surprised to discover that the highest marks went to changeable qualities.

aTheir shocking finding was that, by far, the most attractive features fell under the category of a[approximately]self care','' he said.

aThese were changeable aspects like good grooming, neat hair, nice fitting and quality clothing, good posture, and healthy weight. Essentially, the most attractive features about a person (male or female) is that they put forth some effort to shower, groom, select some nice clothes, stand up straight, and manage their diet a bit. No plastic surgery, major gym time, or extensive overhauling required.''

Really good to hear, right?

Sure, a male model is probably going to have an easy time getting dates. But just because you don't look like a supermodel does not mean you're unattractive to the opposite sex, as long as youtake care of yourself.

When it comes to dating, looking neat is more important than looking hot. …

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