Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined

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We all know one hard and undeniable truth: Physical beauty comes with tremendous power, and tremendous benefits. Those who possess it are generally luckier in love, more likely to be popular, and more apt to get better grades in school. But very few of us realize just how much looks affect every aspect of our lives. Recent studies document that people blessed with good looks earn about 10% more than their average-looking colleagues. They are also more likely to get hired and promoted at work. What exactly is this "physical attractiveness" phenomenon and how does it affect each and every one of us?

Dr. Gordon L. Patzer has devoted the last 30 years to investigating this unsettling phenomenon for both women and men, and how it touches every part of our lives. In Looks, he reveals not only its impact on romance, but also on family dynamics, performance in school, career, courtroom proceedings, politics and government. Looks is the first book to explore how the power of beauty affects both sexes and how the rise of reality TV shows, cosmetic surgery, and celebrity culture have contributed to our culture’s overall obsession with being beautiful.

Unflinching and topical, Looks uncovers the sometimes ugly truth about beauty and its profound effects on all our lives.


Both eye-opening social history and cautionary tale, Looks exposes the pervasive, sometimes pernicious impact that physical appearance can have on your life from cradle to grave.

It’s true that beauty pays. Better grades, success in romance, higher salaries—these are just a few of the well-documented advantages bestowed upon the good-looking, at the expense of everyone else. But the beauty fixation gets even uglier than that. A constant flood of images celebrating the thin and glamorous has triggered deadly eating disorders, dangerous cosmetic surgeries, and unhealthy obsessions that are affecting women and men of all ages--even young children.

Dr. Gordon L. Patzer has spent more than thirty years studying this phenomenon. In Looks, he uses original research to provide a unique examination of physical attractiveness and how it has changed the lives of both men and women.

Looks is the first book to explore how attractiveness affects every aspect of our lives -- from whom we chose to befriend and hire to the candidates we chose to elect and whom we presume to be innocent or guilty in a court of law.

Unflinching and revealing, Looks uncovers the sometimes ugly truth about beauty and its profound effects on all of us.

"Having worked the highest levels of Hollywood for 25 years, I feel I uniquely understand the power of beauty. Dr. Gordon Patzer's new book is an important work on an understated subject. Looks is a compelling investigation of an interesting topic." -- Michael Levine, Hollywood publicist and best-selling author

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