Did you ever stop to wonder why your friend is attracted to a person that you find repulsive? Or maybe you interviewed for a new position and were very qualified for it, but got passed over for someone who was younger, thinner, more attractive? Did you know that this topic has actually entered the science books and there is a scientific conclusion to the answer to these questions?
Much attention has been give to discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin and age, this form of discrimination is taboo in the workplace. One form of discrimination is seldom ever addressed, yet it is perhaps the most obvious form of favoritism when it comes to job hiring, promotions and social acceptance, both on the job and in society in general…beauty discrimination.
A survey by Timur Kuran and Edward J.McCaffery of the University of Southern California; revealed that respondents consider discrimination based on appearance and economic status to be more prevalent then discrimination on ethnicity. Respondents also reported that they themselves have been victimized more by physical appearance and economic status discrimination then ethnic discrimination.
It is so bad that you have to consider these points:
- Attractive people are 2-5 times more likely to be hired for a position.
- Attractive people earn more money.
- Attractive people are 7 times more likely to date and have many friends.
- Unattractive people are more likely to be the first to be laid off a job.
- Unattractive people are more likely to be convicted of a crime and commit a crime.
- Unattractive people are more likely to be passed over for promotions at work.
Much of the criteria that differentiates between those who are beautiful and those who are not stems from things that are innate, things that are learned from childhood, and of course we cannot forget about the media. In fact, being “average looking” is just as bad as being “unattractive”. Appearance in fact is everything…unfortunately. So what do us “average joes” do about it? Some suggestions on how to improve our appearance are as follows:
- Smile more often, if you have bad teeth you can get braces to straighten them or use a teeth whitener if they are yellow. Some good choices would be www.colgatesimplywhite.com, www.pluswhite.com, www.rembrandt.com, or www.teethwhite.com
- Feel good about yourself, if you do the reflection of you inside glows on the outside. People are attracted to others who have a happy, upbeat disposition. Build skills to physically present oneself successfully and effectively for all environments
- Dress in a stylish clothing appropriate to your age. If you are over 40, don’t wear those low cut tight tops that show too much cleavage and tight jeans that show the crack of the butt when you sit down. Those wide leg jeans and backwards baseball caps and funky shirts that seem so popular now….just don’t. Learn to use good judgment when buying clothes, focusing on quality and affordability, not brands and labels. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to look good.
- Improve your posture and walk with your head held high, it greatly improves self-esteem and can be an instant fix.
- Cleanliness is next to godliness, or so the saying goes. Personal hygiene is a big one here. No one wants to hang around someone who has an undesireable odor. Shower and wash your hair often, once every other day is fine.
- Be aware of one’s own body language and the message it sends forth. If you speak to people and are always looking down and never establish eye contact, the message is that the person may not be able to trust you or yo are unsure of yourself.
I cannot stress the importance of choosing appropriate dress for the occasion and the need for good hygiene habits enough. The social and health benefits of good grooming, including brushing teeth, washing hair, caring for nails and applying deodorant are huge. The truth is that good grooming and projecting a clean, neat image are effective ways to build better self-esteem and achieve goals.
I must be honest, It really is sickening to think “average looking people” have to do anything to make a better impression on others in the more “desireable realm. I really do feel that there should be some legislation making beauty discrimination a crime. Truth be told that even up against a jury in court, the more attractive lawyer would have a more favorable outcome then one who was less attractive whether the client was guilty or innocent. Its those “average” looking politicians that we need to address this issue with, after all those beautiful ones most likely feel this is not an issue at all.