جذابیت فیزیکی و ارتباط آن با خشونت بی دلیل و واکنشی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|29833||2013||8 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||6260 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Research in Personality, Volume 47, Issue 1, February 2013, Pages 70–77
Studies have linked facial attractiveness to positive outcomes and unattractiveness to negative ones. However, no study has examined whether attractiveness and aggression are related, even though there is a relationship between unattractiveness and risk factors for aggression like neglect and bullying. In this study, 78 men and women engaged in unprovoked and reactive physical aggression tasks, and reactive derogation of a fictitious opponent. The participants were graded on attractiveness by a group of independent raters. The results indicated that for male participants, unattractiveness predicted unprovoked and reactive aggression as strongly as callous/unemotional psychopathic traits. Among female participants, attractiveness predicted derogation of the opponents more strongly than any psychopathic trait. Implications from gene-environment correlation and social role theory perspectives are discussed.
Across various domains, studies suggest that attractive persons are perceived more favorably than unattractive ones, leading early researchers to propose that there is a “beautiful is good” stereotype (Dion, Berscheid, & Walster, 1972, p. 285). Indeed, subsequent studies and meta-analyses have shown that attractive individuals are perceived as more socially skilled, mentally healthy, intelligent, and also accrue more dating experiences, satisfying social interactions, and occupational success, than their unattractive counterparts (e.g., Eagly et al., 1991, Feingold, 1992, Langlois et al., 2000 and Reis et al., 1982). Therefore, it is not surprising that many people spend substantial effort and resources to increase their attractiveness. In 1998, Americans spent eight billion dollars on cosmetics. By 2016 these sales are expected to exceed ten billion dollars in the US and 41.4 billion worldwide (Etcoff et al., 2011 and United Nations Development Programme, 1998). More drastic attractiveness-enhancement tactics are also on the rise. In 2001, there were an estimated 3.4 million facial dermatological surgeries in the US and by 2007 the number had reached 7.6 million with soft tissue augmentation having the largest percentage increase (405%) followed by non-ablative skin “rejuvenation” (e.g., laser skin resurfacing, 330.7%) and botulinum toxin injections (324%, Tierney & Hanke, 2009). The above statistics attest to the perceived importance of facial adornments as a component of attractiveness. However, attractiveness is a multifaceted construct that also includes biological characteristics and behavior (e.g., Elliot and Niesta, 2008, Etcoff et al., 2011 and Gangestad et al., 2004). In general, these data indicate that both biological and artificial cues that signal reproductive fitness (i.e., youth and physical vigor) are perceived as more attractive and are related to positive life outcomes. For example, experimental findings show that women tend to prefer men who display interpersonal dominance and competitiveness (although these preferences vary across the menstrual cycle, Gangestad et al., 2004). On the other hand, with regard to artificial adornment, another study found that third party observers rated photographs of Caucasian women wearing make-up as more attractive, having greater earning potential, and more prestigious jobs than when the women in the pictures did not wear make-up (Nash, Fieldman, Hussey, Lévêque, & Pineau, 2006). Nonetheless, of the different biological, behavioral, and artificial attractiveness cues that have been studied, facial attractiveness has received outsized research attention (e.g., see Thornhill & Gangestad, 1999 for a review). This may be because across multiple studies, facial attractiveness reliably relates to various important life outcomes including longevity, physical strength, fertility and even IQ, leading some researchers to dub it an “honest” signal of reproductive potential (Gallup & Frederick, 2010, p. 247). Facial attractiveness also presents a research advantage because it shows high observer agreement across ages, and in contrast to other biological or artificial cues like waist to hip ratio, or use of cosmetics, it is less susceptible to influence by cultural and social norms (Gallup and Frederick, 2010 and Langlois et al., 2000). Finally, the impact of innate facial attractiveness is evident very early in life, well before other cues like musculature, socially dominant behavior, or adornment come into play. For example, observers and parents give attractive infants better ratings in behavior, health, and intelligence measures, and mothers of attractive infants are more affectionate and playful with their babies (Cash, 1990, Langlois et al., 1995 and Stephan and Langlois, 1984). Notably, the same studies that show a “beautiful is good effect” also find that unattractiveness is related to a negative pattern of attitudes and behaviors from others, leading some researchers to suggest that there is a form of “beautyism” (Cash, 1990, p. 56) or that “ugly is bad” (Dermer and Thiel, 1975 and Griffin and Langlois, 2006). Parents and observers of unattractive infants are more likely to have negative attitudes towards them (Langlois et al., 1995 and Stephan and Langlois, 1984), and later in life, unattractive children may be more likely to be physically abused, treated less favorably by teachers in preschool, and bullied more during pre-teen years (Roscoe et al., 1985 and Sweeting and West, 2001). The aforementioned findings are notable because these negative attitudes from caregivers and peers have been etiologically linked to aggression later in life (e.g., Jaffee et al., 2005 and Kotch et al., 2008). Therefore, unattractiveness may be a distal risk factor for aggression through its elicitation of unfavorable treatment from others. Additional data from adult samples provide further indirect support for a possible association between unattractiveness and aggression. First, lower attractiveness has been linked to worse psychiatric outcomes even after accounting for factors such as age, education, frequency of hospitalization, and pre-discharge adjustment (Farina, Burns, Austad, Bugglin, & Fischer, 1986). Second, a study found that observers rated digitally “masculinized” photographs of men and women’s faces as less attractive, more dominant, less honest, less emotional, and less cooperative (Perrett et al., 1998). Some of those same traits (dominance, self-centeredness, and unemotionality) are the hallmark of psychopathy, a personality constellation consistently related to interpersonal aggression in correlational and experimental studies (e.g., Muñoz et al., 2008, Patrick and Zempolich, 1998 and Reidy et al., 2007). Therefore, various studies implicate attractiveness with risk factors and personality traits linked to aggression, but do not address whether attractiveness itself is related to aggression. While previous studies have examined how perceived attractiveness and aggressiveness interact to affect psychosocial outcomes such as popularity (e.g., Borch, Hyde, & Cillessen, 2011), or how attractive socially aggressive/dominant behavior may be perceived by others (Gangestad et al., 2004), to date no study has examined a possible link between attractiveness and aggression. This relationship may have been ignored because of the legacy of discredited pseudoscientific approaches which claimed that physical characteristics could be used to distinguish criminal personalities (for critical review see, Gould, 1996). However, despite this historical precedent, modern researchers within criminology caution against discarding biological and genetic factors (such as attractiveness) as influential in the development of antisociality (e.g., Wright et al., 2008). The current study helps address this gap by examining if physical attractiveness as rated by third party observers is related to willingness to engage in laboratory analogues of unprovoked and reactive physical aggression, as well as reactive aggression in the form of derogation of a fictitious opponent’s attractiveness. Given data linking unattractiveness to risk factors associated with aggression, it was hypothesized that unattractiveness would be related to higher levels of aggression. In addition, given the association between interpersonal dominance and unemotionality to aggression, these traits were also assessed to determine whether they played a moderating role between unattractiveness and aggression. Previous self-report and objective data show that men are more physically aggressive, while women display more indirect or relational aggression, although these differences tend to be smaller or disappear in experimental settings (Archer, 2004 and Eagly and Steffen, 1986). Also, other studies show that attractiveness for men and women has differential correlates (e.g., assertiveness and trust of others, Reis et al., 1982). Therefore, relationships between attractiveness and aggression were initially examined separately for men and women, and then a set of analyses with gender as a moderator were performed to determine whether any differences that emerged between the men and women were significant.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
This study suggests that attractiveness may be related to aggression and supports further efforts that examine the influence of attractiveness on interpersonal aggression. However, these results should not be interpreted to mean that unattractive men or attractive women are inherently more aggressive. On the contrary, these findings suggest that (un)attractiveness may place individuals at greater risk for environmental factors linked to aggression such as physical abuse among men, or pressure to maintain beauty-related social status among women.