The psychology of appearance: why health psychologists should “do looks”
Rumsey, N. (2008) The psychology of appearance: why health psychologists should “do looks”. European Health Psychologist, 10 (3). pp. 46-50.
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Societal interest in appearance has a long history, but has never been more prevalent than now. Messages associating physical attractiveness with success and happiness are unremitting; researchers and commentators consider that extensive, and for a proportion of the population, debilitating levels of appearance concerns are considered normative. In this article I will offer a brief history of appearance research as a context for the current state of play in this area, explore reasons why the topic of appearance remains peripheral at best for most health psychologists, and offer arguments for why it should become more central.