PSYCHOLOGICAL CORRELATES OF SEXUAL ATTRACTIVENESS: AN EMPIRICAL DEMONSTRATION OF DENIAL AND FANTASY GRATIFICATION PHENOMENA?

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Abstract:

Sexual attractiveness ratings of 97 female student teachers were investigated as predictors of personality, social attitude, and humor preference variables. Eysenck's major “temperamental” factors were not correlated with attractiveness, but social attitude variables showed a pattern of correlations that could be interpreted as reflecting rationalization and denial; unattractive girls tended to be more idealistic, religious, puritanical and opposed to sexual freedom. A humor test based on ratings of risqu´ seaside postcards revealed that unattractive girls preferred cartoons which depicted attractive girls being admired or approached by young men.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1974.2.1.30

Publication date: January 1, 1974

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