7 Psychological Reasons Why Someone Looks More Attractive to Us

We tend to think that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But, as one study suggests, this is not necessarily true. In fact, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Standards of attractiveness are, indeed, broadly shared, however, our personal preferences also play a very important role.

We decided to dive deeper into this topic and find out what features in people we consider more appealing without even realizing it.

What Makes Someone More Attractive?

7. Pupils

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The Pupils change size in response to emotions and grow larger when we are happy. Some studies have shown that we unconsciously find people with great Pupils more attractive because it indicates their mutual interest in us.

In the past, Italian women deliberately dilated their pupils using a poisonous extract of the belladonna plant to make it appear more attractive to male suitors.

6. The proportion of The Waist

The waist’s proportion to the hips has always been considered one of the most important characteristics in a woman’s appearance.

And, as some research shows, the lower the waist-to-hip ratio, the more attractive a woman looks to a man.

5. Face symmetry

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The researchers confirmed that we classify symmetrical faces as more attractive than those with less symmetry because our visual receptors can process them much more easily.

Another reason for this is that we biologically associate symmetrical faces with good genes.

4. Averageness

As one study suggests, we prefer an appearance that seems more average to us. And that can have different explanations: either we link it to biological advantages, like good genes, or our brain simply prefers more typical faces.

3. Diet

There is a small study that shows that food preferences can make a man more attractive to a woman.

The smell of men who ate fruits and vegetables recently was considered more preferable over men who ate foods like bread and pasta.

2. Smell

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A woman’s perfume can really affect how attractive they seem to men. But this is true for a specific smell: one based on women’s reproductive hormones.

As research shows, women are much more attractive to men during the ovulation phase, because the level of hormones at that time is highest in the middle of the cycle, indicating their fertility.

1. Taste

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When we kiss, we exchange a lot of bacteria, and this, as studies show, also has practical significance. This helps us discover if we are a good match with that particular person. So a person’s taste can really make it more or less attractive to us.

What features do you pay the most attention to when you meet someone? Share your answers with us!

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