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Advances in Psychological Science    2019, Vol. 27 Issue (10) : 1743-1757     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.01743
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What is beautiful is good? The role of physical attractiveness in intimate relationships
LI Xue, ZHENG Yong()
Faculty of Psychological Science, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China
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Abstract  

Physical attractiveness plays an important role in the formation and development of intimate relationships. Since individuals with higher ratings of physical attractiveness are perceived as having more socially desirable traits and better genes, they are regarded as having a higher mate value that can facilitate the establishment of intimate relationships. However, because of the dissimilarity in physical attractiveness, the less attractive partner tends to employ a range of mate retention, jealous, insulting, and sexual coercion behaviors. These behaviors contribute to an acceleration of the breakup of intimate relationships. Other studies have suggested that attractive men have a higher probability of not possessing good genes, which would be favorable to intimate relationships and women do not show a stronger preference for attractive men when in the hormonal states associated with high fertility. The viewpoint of “what is beautiful is good” is currently being questioned, the findings of which have been controversial and divergent. As a result, the relevant direct evidence needs to be further consolidated.

Keywords physical attractiveness      mate value      mate retention     
:  B848  
  B949:C91  
Corresponding Authors: Yong ZHENG     E-mail: zhengy@swu.edu.cn
Issue Date: 19 August 2019
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Xue LI,Yong ZHENG. What is beautiful is good? The role of physical attractiveness in intimate relationships[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2019, 27(10): 1743-1757.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.01743     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2019/V27/I10/1743
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