Why do people judge others on appearance

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Why do people judge others on appearance

Why do people judge others based on appearance? Weren't we all told that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover when we were young?

And if that's the case then why do so many people judge others by how they look and by their external appearance?

The answer is simple, just a people were told few times not to judge a book by its cover they were told numerous times indirectly to judge others based on their outer appearance.

Read this article to know why do people judge others on appearance.

The reason people judge others by appearance

Beliefs are formed in the subconscious mind as a result of repetition. If you were told each day that you should not judge a book by its cover then you will grow up as an adult who never judges people by appearance. (see How beliefs are formed)

One popular psychological fact states that if you met a person who was really nice and interesting then most probably you will think that all of those who look like him to be interesting people.

This is the reason why you might not feel comfortable as soon as you see someone who looks like your arrogant boss. Even though you might not notice this consciously still your subconscious mind will notice the similarity and will judge the person by his appearance by assuming that this person is as arrogant as your boss.

This is the first fact you must put in mind before i continue further.

How the media taught people to judge others by appearance

The crime the media has done is that they portrayed good looking people as heroes, kind ones and doers of good while on the other hand they gave the evil roles to people who are not that handsome.

When was the last time you saw a movie where the good looking guy was the evil one while the average looking guy was the hero? This doesn't happen everyday of course and because of this continues mind programming they received through the media people have learned to associate certain qualities with certain facial features and body shapes.

This is the biggest reason why do lots of people judge others by their outer appearance.
Had the media been more balanced in the choice of roles for people in movies this stereotype might have not been developed.

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