3 Unexpected Things Your Physical Appearance Says About You

Kelsey Clark
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For better or for worse, humans are innately judgemental. We use visual cues to make subconscious assumptions about a person's life or personality. Of course, these first impressions can be wildly off-base or even tainted by damaging stereotypes. Other times, these gut reactions are rooted in truth. But validity aside, psychology has enlightened us to the many surprising things we determine about a person based on how they look, however superficial. Below, read up on the assumptions people are possibly making about you, as originally reported by Business Insider

People assume you have positive traits if you are attractive.

Dubbed the "halo effect" by psychologists, people often assume that conventionally attractive people possess other positive qualities separate from their looks, like intelligence or a good sense of humor. What's more, the University of Texas at Austin psychologist Daniel Hamermesh actually discovered that good-looking people also tend to make more money

People judge your leadership ability based on your height.

Two factors go into subconsciously determining whether or not someone has leadership ability: height and, to our dismay, gender. This is according to a 2013 study by European and American psychologists, neuroscientists, and computer scientists. The researchers found that "people used factors in the photos like gender and face length to make guesses about people's height, and then used these same factors when they judged their leadership qualities," explains Business Insider. "Faces that appeared to belong to taller people were rated as belonging to better leaders."

People can tell how outgoing you are based on photo poses.

People can glean insights about your personality type, self-esteem, and even religiosity by how you pose in a photo. That's according to a 2009 study from the University of Texas at Austin in which participants looked at 123 photos of undergraduate students. In the end, participants could accurately determine whether a person was extroverted, introverted, conscientious, religious, or confident based on a person's spontaneous photo pose (as opposed to a standard headshot).

Head over to Business Insider for more, and share your thoughts on these psychological insights below! 

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