How do personality traits affect perceived attractiveness?
Attractiveness matters in many situations. You should ask the question conversely. If you look good, you feel good. Every person wants to look his best. In reality, you are not making a first impression, you are creating a first impression.
When you meet someone, that person conveys a roughly estimated image of you but the person doesn't know you from the inside. Always the same story, actually.
Physical appearance does affect your overall personality. Those who are fortunate to be born beautiful or handsome have an edge over others in their public dealings.
People all over the world spend millions of dollars to look good. They undergo plastic surgery, visit the beauty parlor regularly and undergo herbal treatments to improve their physical appearance.
It happens every day. But why so?
I am of the opinion that you are beautiful just the way you are, unless you violate public morality, you are of evil will, you have evil intentions all along the line and it is unfortunate that it takes other people so long to see and vice versa.
Don't get me wrong. It's a generally accepted truth that people who are conventionally physically attractive have an advantage when it comes to dating.
Not only do visual signs of health – clear skin, facial symmetry, etc. – stir certain ‘instincts'. Because they're good looking, attractive people are also seen as being more trustworthy, kinder and smarter – all very attractive traits to have. And by virtue of being more attractive, they tend to have more attractive boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives – after all, people tend to date other people at their level of attractiveness.