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Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
We all know one hard and undeniable truth: Physical beauty comes with tremendous power, and tremendous benefits. Those who possess it are generally luckier in love, more likely to be popular, and more apt to get better grades in school. But very few of us realize just how much looks affect every aspect of our lives. Recent studies document that people blessed with good loo ...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by AMACOM/American Management Association
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Christina V.
Oct 10, 2011 Christina V. rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The main point of the book (as I'm sure you can guess from its subtitle) is that looks are extremely important in life. Each chapter then goes into more detail about how one's PA (physical attractiveness) comes into play when it comes to specific areas of life and the world. For example, some of the chapters include how it affects love and relationships, family dynamics, education, employment, and the law.

In all honesty, sometimes I found the book a little repetitive, but I suppose that is beca
Jun 20, 2008 AE rated it it was amazing
I'm totally biased because I adore this author. We had a long email back and forth since last summer and I find him lovely, charming and a damn fine writer. And believe me, I hate just about everyone and everything.

He's a messager you don't really want to shoot. It's all there in the research. Looks matter and people are notorious for attributing positive qualities based on nothing but a person's appearance. I observed this phenom in college where I was surrouned by some of the stupidest people
Jun 02, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I find this subject fascinating. Study after study reveals how shallow people really are when it comes to looks. It seems almost hardwired, as even newborns prefer good looking people. The study results were informative, surprising and depressing, but really made me think about my physical presentation more than ever. Guess I'll continue to bleach my hair after all.
With Butterflies
Eh. It was interesting from several standpoints, but I'm not sure I buy it completely. I don't deny that we're all judged on looks every day, but I'm not sure all of the data reported is completely honest.

The author's selective data suggests that looks are more important than any other factor, and I respectfully disagree.

Still, a worthwhile read.
May 03, 2017 Maya rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
read the introduction & this book is totally only skin deep. To write a book telling people looks are better than brains is really crappy & low, so superficial.
Thanks for telling us average beauties that we're doomed because we're not super models or barbies.
Alicia Fox
Feb 05, 2015 Alicia Fox rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Basically Crap

The first half seemed to be based on evolutionary psychology and scientific research on why folks hate fuglies. It was okay.

The second half read like something they give panicky teenage girls to read: OMG you're beautiful just the way you are and OMG anorexia kills and OMG people die from breast implants! Not that the first half of the book was so great, but I didn't expect the second half to turn into a PSA. By PSA given to impressionable youths, I mean anecdotal horror stories.
Dec 14, 2014 Gavin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
I have conflicted feelings about this. I like and respect Gordon Patzer, having listened to several interviews with him, but I found the book repetitive, unfocused, and bland. Far too much of the book is dedicated to just confirming his thesis that high-PA (personal attractiveness) individuals have an easier time getting ahead in life, rather than addressing the complexities and wider implications; then, when he does address the wider implications, it reads like something from a tabloid for depr ...more
May 28, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
malaysia book #3. This book fleshes out an idea that we all know: physical attractiveness matters in most realms of life and affect and affects most aspects of our judgments about people. I thought the last half was not nearly as engaging and though provoking as the first half where the author really lays out his argument. If anything, I see how my confidence in how I look has ramifications for my overall self confidence and success, though really makes it suck to be unattractive. Damn that natu ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
The first half seems to suggest that if I don't have good looks, I'm out of luck. The second half convinces me I'd rather go without luck than deal with the complications and prices of cosmetic surgery. A worthy book for a society who sees no dangers with rampant lookism.
Stephen Cranney
I have a hard time accepting psychology studies that have extremely small sample sizes, so I took a lot of what this author said with a grain of salt. That said, he does a decent job of arguing that lookism is a pernicious problem that deserves more overt attention.
Kurt Gopaulsingh
Jan 19, 2011 Kurt Gopaulsingh rated it it was amazing
I like the research included within this publication and the sources were almost overly abundant, ensuring that i had lots to investigate. I like the stats provided, they give me evidence to back up widely spread claims.
Aug 13, 2012 Sarah rated it did not like it
I found the actual data to be very persuasive, but the writing is so bad as to be almost unreadable. I put it down repeatedly because I was so frustrated with the author's hokey idioms, badly constructed paragraphs, and incessant exclamation points.
Aug 03, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it
really interesting insight
Tian Xie
Sep 12, 2014 Tian Xie rated it did not like it
A series of pop-psychology articles collected into book. Considering the fraud scandals that have plagued the social psychology in the past few years, I would take these claims with a grain of salt.
Jun 23, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it
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This was fascinating but parts felt redundant. The studies were really interesting and some of the findings were unexpected.
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