Evaluating the Physical Attractiveness of Oneself and One’s Romantic Partner: Individual and Relationship Correlates of the Love-Is-Blind Bias

Viren Swami, Stefan Stieger, Tanja Haubner, Martin Voracek, Adrian Furnham

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Abstract

The present study sought to extend recent work by examining individual and relationship variables that predict the love-is-blind bias, that is, a tendency to perceive one's romantic partner as more attractive than oneself. A sample of 113 men and 143 women completed a battery of tests that included various demographic, individual difference, and relationship-related measures. Results provided support for a love-is-blind bias, in that both women and men rated their romantic partners as significantly more attractive than themselves on overall attractiveness and the attractiveness of various body components. Results also showed that the Big Five personality factor of Extraversion, self-esteem, relationship satisfaction, and romantic love were positively correlated with the love-is-blind bias, whereas relationship length and playful love were negatively correlated with the bias. The results of this study are considered in relation to previous work on positive partner illusions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-43
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Individual Differences
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

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