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The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness

by Gordon L. Patzer

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Publisher: BrownWalker Press
Pub date: 2006
Pages: 332
ISBN-10: 1581124430
ISBN-13: 9781581124439
Categories: SociologyMedicine & HealthSocial Science


The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness is a scholarly look into physical attractiveness. It articulates the great importance placed on this dimension of a person’s appearance. Analysis of the dynamics and consequences reveals a powerful, pervasive, and frequently unrecognized or denied physical attractiveness phenomenon. This phenomenon transcends time, geography, and culture, regardless of demographics and socioeconomics of individuals and populations.

With penetrating vision, Dr. Patzer provides evidence that despite professed ideals, people do judge others by their looks. Physical attractiveness is a more powerful determinant of a person’s fortune and misfortune in life than people admit. No matter the words, thoughts, and ideals proclaimed by people, these same people judge, assume, infer, believe, act, treat, decide, accept, reject, and behave toward or against individuals, in patterns consistent with their own physical attractiveness and that of others. While many dimensions d

About the Author

Gordon L. Patzer, Ph.D., is respected and recognized internationally for his expertise concerning physical attractiveness phenomenon. Hundreds of researchers and scholars have cited formally his published analyses and perspectives, while scores of reporters for popular mass media have published interview quotes. His commitment to scientifically understand the psychology and sociology of physical attractiveness at levels far more than meets the eye and far beyond skin deep is a long-term quest. The national American primetime television news program Dateline NBC, while featuring his expert analyses on-camera for an investigative segment broadcast in 2004, reported that, “Dr. Patzer has spent more than 30 years studying physical attractiveness.” He formally conducted his first related experiment in 1973 and published his first related book in 1985 (The Physical Attractiveness Phenomenon, Plenum Press, NY).

Interviews with Dr. Patzer discussing physical attractiveness phenomenon have bee