The Personality Trait That Makes You More Attractive
There are some women that simply love musicians, artists, or poets. Even when they aren’t all that attractive.
I could never really understood why. Are they drawn to moody individuals? The tortured soulds? Maybe it has to do with being dark or mysterious?
Those are a possibility. But new psychology research says they’re may be another explanation why some girls are drawn to artistic types…
It’s their creativity.
Creativity Makes You More Attractive
If you strum a guitar, work a blank canvas, or can get in front of an audience at a poetry slam, you might have a leg up on the competition when it comes to the ladies.
Research published in the journal Royal Society Open Science found over the course of several experiments that creativity boosted how attractive someone appeared.
In one of these experiments, researchers showed individuals pictures of some strangers. Some of them were plain looking, while others were attractive.
There was also a description about a piece of particular art, written by the people in the photos. The explanations ranged from unoriginal and straightforward to more creative stories about what was taking place in the artwork.
When people were asked to judge how attractive the the photos were, the researchers found that being creative could boost the attractiveness of plain looking men. How much did it boost levels of attractiveness?
Creative guys with less attractive faces were almost identical in attractiveness to really good looking guys who were not as creative.
And the boost was actually more substantial for an average looking Joe:
Creativity had a more substantial effect on the attractiveness of men with less attractive faces than it did for men with attractive faces.
So if you’re already an attractive man, being creative still helps. Just not quite as much.
Creativity May Not Make Women Sexier
Unfortunately, this effect may not work so well the other way around.
In two of the three experiments performed, being creative actually made average looking females less attractive. Researcher Christopher Watkins from the study commented:
“Creative women with less attractive faces seem to be perhaps penalized in some way.”
It may sound bad, but it may be because women are more picky about whom they choose (in a good way.) It may even have had some evolutionary advantages:
Women on average are a more selective sex when it comes to choosing romantic partners.
Creativity is thought to be a signal that an individual can invest time and effort into a particular task or can see things in novel ways that may be useful for survival.
Creativity Signals Intelligence
So what drives this effect? The researchers believe that creativity is seen as a sign of intelligence, a desirable trait in a mate. So showing off your creative side tells members of the opposite sex that you got stuff going on upstairs.
But it could be that the creative descriptions in the study made people appear more interesting. Those who describe the world in ways we hadn’t thought of, with different words, or from a different perspective really do pique our interest.
For example, there has been other research showing that good storytellers appear more attractive as well. I would argue that creative expression is key, not just creativity itself. There are definitely some creative individuals who have trouble communicating effectively via conversation.
We can’t all be models, some of us just weren’t born looking like Brad Pitt. But pick up a guitar, a brush, or simply be able to describe the mundane in interesting ways, and you’ll give yourself a leg up in the dating world.