Positive illusions about one's partner's physical attractiveness

  • Barelds-Dijkstra P
  • Barelds D
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This study examined couples' ratings of self and partner physical attractiveness. On the basis of the theory of positive illusions, it was expected that individuals would rate their partners as more attractive than their partners would rate themselves. Both members of 93 heterosexual couples, with a mean relationship length of about 14 years, provided ratings of both their own and their partner's physical attractiveness. Results support the theory that individuals hold positive illusions about their partner's physical attractiveness. Implications of these results in terms of relationship-enhancing biases are discussed. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • BMI
  • Physical attractiveness
  • Positive illusions
  • Romantic relationship

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  • Pieternel Barelds-Dijkstra

  • Dick P.H. Barelds

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