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Personality Research articles on personality

9Nov/091

The Effect of Self Rated Attractiveness on Personality

The following table is a list of items that show the most significant differences between people who rated themselves very highly on physical attractiveness and the average (i.e. everyone else).   Keep in mind that this is entirely self rated, who knows whether any of the high raters are actually very physically attractive.  But, the topic here is what are people who 'think' they are in the words or Derek Zoolander really ridiculously good looking like compared to everyone else.    Items are broken down by gender results, as some clear gender differences exist on some of the items.

item high avg. diff.
I am very sexual.(m) 3.35 2.13 1.22
I exercise regularly.(m) 2.7 1.58 1.12
I am more calm than worrying.(m) 2.91 1.85 1.06
Being physically attractive is very important to me. (w) 3.04 2.05 0.99
I seek out positions of leadership.(m) 2.78 1.79 0.99
I plan on being very famous.(m) 2.21 1.35 0.86
I feel best when I am taking risks.(m) 2.58 1.74 0.84
Being physically attractive is very important to me. (m) 3.1 2.26 0.84
I drink alcohol or smoke.(m) 2.59 1.76 0.83
I am very sexual.(w) 3.14 2.34 0.8
I would make a good actor.(m) 2.75 2.07 0.68
I am mystical. (w) 2.34 1.69 0.65
My main motivation is express my individuality. (w) 2.84 2.21 0.63
My greatest strength is artistic creativity.(w) 2.42 1.83 0.59
My own happiness and success are not more important
than the happiness and success of others.(m)
2.12 1.57 0.55
I have had dreams where I was fully aware I was dreaming
and able to control the events of my dream.(m)
2.71 2.17 0.54
Having a pet is very important to me.(w) 2.57 2.03 0.54
I do a lot in my spare time.(m) 2.53 1.99 0.54
I remember my dreams at night.(w) 2.72 2.19 0.53
I drink alcohol or smoke.(w) 2.47 1.96 0.51
I tend to act out when I am being ignored.(w) 2.04 1.53 0.51
I am financially wealthy.(m) 1.51 1.01 0.5
Artistic achievement is very important to me.(w) 2.53 2.05 0.48
I would make a good actor.(w) 2.54 2.08 0.46

High self rating men rate highest on emotionally stability and physically activity.    High self rating women actually self rated as a little less stable than the average female.   They rated as slightly more active than the average female.   High artistic personality ratings were unique to female high SI (self image) raters.    Male high SI raters were no more artistic than average.  Sexuality and interest in acting scores were similar for both genders.

The next table is a break down of the difference between high SI scorers vs. the average by gender and personality type.

male female average
Vanity 0.83 0.72 0.78
Sexuality 0.90 0.59 0.74
Need to dominate 0.98 0.31 0.65
Narcissism 0.97 0.28 0.63
Physically active 1.14 0.07 0.61
Adventurousness 0.88 0.27 0.58
Hedonism 0.72 0.39 0.56
Actor 0.62 0.47 0.55
Extravagance 0.86 0.03 0.44
Hobbyist 0.55 0.31 0.43
Fame seeking 0.64 0.22 0.43
Histrionic 0.36 0.48 0.42
Extraversion 0.27 0.58 0.42
Individualism 0.31 0.51 0.41
Dreamer 0.41 0.36 0.39
Inventive 0.68 0.03 0.35
Mystical 0.17 0.47 0.32
Artistic 0.09 0.53 0.31
Similar friends 0.36 0.21 0.29
Stability 0.90 -0.34 0.28
Change averse -0.33 -0.24 -0.28
Family driven 0.07 0.48 0.27
Traveler 0.14 0.38 0.26
Wealthy 0.42 0.10 0.26
Materialism 0.32 0.12 0.22
Accountability 0.42 0.01 0.21
Religious 0.00 0.42 0.21
Orderliness 0.18 0.21 0.20
Accommodation -0.41 0.08 -0.16
Intellectual 0.36 -0.15 0.11
Interdependence -0.07 0.08 0.01
Work ethic 0.24 0.18 0.21
Conflict seeking 0.58 -0.08 0.25
Romantic 0.28 0.21 0.24
Avoidant -0.17 -0.07 -0.12
Anti-authority 0.20 0.18 0.19
Dependency -0.23 0.09 -0.07
Cautiousness 0.04 -0.12 -0.04
Peter pan complex -0.25 -0.06 -0.15
Humanitarian -0.11 0.36 0.12
Fiscal acumen -0.22 -0.21 -0.21
Honor 0.24 0.07 0.15
Paranoia 0.05 -0.06 0.00
Indie -0.03 0.12 0.05
Pet lover -0.20 0.36 0.08
Discreet 0.15 -0.07 0.04
Reflective -0.01 0.21 0.10
Locus 0.03 0.00 0.01
Liberal 0.00 0.13 0.06
Rule abiding -0.11 0.11 0.00
Reader -0.04 0.36 0.16
Friend centered 0.14 0.15 0.14
Modest -0.17 -0.09 -0.13

Male and female high SI raters both share high Vanity and Sexuality trait scores.    High SI women score higher on being religious which is interesting.    I recall a study which showed that non religious men were happier than religious men and religious women were happier than non religious ones.    High SI men, based on the Accomodation trait score, appear to be more selfish than the average male.  They also self rate as more inventive, extravagant, leadership oriented, and adventurous than female test takers.

The following table shows the sample size and gender break down of the test takers and high SI scorers.    There are more high SI women, but the overall gender percentage is pretty similar.

male female
total 11663 16307
high scorers 1556 2490
13.34% 15.27%

In the future I plan to gather physical attractiveness ratings from strangers and see how that data compares to self ratings.

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