Assessment of Positive Illusions of the Physical Attractiveness of Romantic PartnersBarelds, D. P. H., Dijkstra, P., Koudenburg, N. & Swami, V., 2011, In : Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 28, 5, p. 706 - 719 14 p.
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Positive illusions about a partner's physical attractiveness occur when individuals' ratings of their partner's attractiveness are more positive than more objective ratings. Ratings that may serve as a''reality benchmark' include ratings by the partner him/herself and observer ratings. The present study compared the effects of using different reality benchmarks on the strength of positive partner physical attractiveness illusions (n = 70 couples). Results showed that individuals positively biased both their own and their partner's physical attractiveness. As a consequence, using a partner's self-ratings as a reality benchmark results in an underestimation of positive illusions. Presenting participants with photographs had a small effect on physical attractiveness ratings provided by women, showing that photographs, to some extent, might constrain positive illusions.
|Pages (from-to)||706 - 719|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Social and Personal Relationships|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
- ASSESSMENT, PHYSICAL ATTRACTIVENESS, SELF, COUPLES, partner-ratings, positive illusions, close relationships
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