Why symmetrical faces are attractive

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Our faces are not 100% symmetrical

In many of my articles about Attraction psychology i said that we humans tend to find symmetrical faces very attractive.

Any normal human will have a face that is not 100% symmetrical. This means that the right side of your face isn't actually identical to the left side of your face. If you tried to replicate each side of your face using a computer program then probably you will end up with two completely different faces.

When it comes to the psychology of attraction it was discovered that the more symmetrical a face is the more attractive it seems to be for both males and females. See We we like beautiful faces.

Why symmetrical faces are attractive

  • 1) They signal better health: There is a strong connection between a person's health, immunity system and the symmetry of their faces. The better a person's immune system the more symmetrical their faces will be. See also how men and women perceive attractiveness
  • 2) They reflect better genetic quality: During the early stages of the development of the human body gene mutation can lower the genetic quality of a person. If the genetic quality of a person wasn't much affected by gene mutation then their faces are going to be more symmetrical.
  • 3) They are Easier to process: In a previous article i said that symmetrical faces are easier for the brain to process. When you see someone with a symmetrical face your brain will do less effort interpreting the facial features of that person. This will result in an a pleasant feeling when you see that person. See also Facial attractiveness psychology

But why does this make sense?

The health of the individual is one of the factors that strongly affects their overall level of attractiveness. It seems that we humans were designed to get more attracted to other healthy humans so that we end up having healthier offspring.

The selection of the healthy mate happens on the unconscious level. The person might see someone and get attracted to them without realizing that one of the main factors that got them attracted to that person in the first place is the person's genetic quality and overall health.

In my previous article 9 things that make a woman's face attractive to men i said that men find women with full lips very attractive. The reason this happens is that full lips usually reflect higher levels of estrogen and so more femininity.

In addition to that the feminine features of the face indicate that the woman is healthier and more likely to conceive. A man will hardly tell you that he likes a woman because she is healthy or more fertile because he won't be aware of this unconscious process taking place inside his brain.

That man will just end up finding this woman attractive without actually knowing why it happened. This is actually good news for you because even if you aren't really attractive you can still target some of those unconscious processes indirectly and so end up being much more attractive to people.

People who don't understand how others perceive physical attraction usually develop the imagined ugliness disorder.

The book The psychology of physical attraction explained was released by 2knowmyself. This book won't just help you understand how the attraction process happens but it will also help you discover how attractive you are and will assist you in getting over the imagined ugliness problem.

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