Self-perceived attractiveness, romantic desirability and self-esteem: a mating sociometer perspective.

@article{Bale2013SelfperceivedAR,
  title={Self-perceived attractiveness, romantic desirability and self-esteem: a mating sociometer perspective.},
  author={Christopher W. Bale and John E. Archer},
  journal={Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior},
  year={2013},
  volume={11 1},
  pages={
          68-84
        }
}
Sociometer theory proposes that self-esteem is an adaptation which evolved to monitor and regulate interpersonal relationships. It is therefore sensitive to self-assessments in domains relevant to relational desirability. Positive relationships between self-perceived physical attractiveness and self-esteem found in previous studies may reflect the functioning of a mating sociometer, designed to monitor individuals' desirability as romantic or sexual partners. We thus predicted that these… CONTINUE READING

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