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Beautiful people are 'selfish by nature'

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    Kate Moss, George Clooney, Natalie Portman or Cristiano Ronaldo may be many people's ideas of dream dates, but pioneering research that combines economics with biology suggests they may not be perfect life partners. According to a study to be discussed this month at a gathering of Nobel prizewinners, people blessed with more symmetrical facial features, which are considered more attractive, are less likely to co-operate and more likely to selfishly focus on their own interests.

    Santiago Sanchez-Pages, who works at the universities of Barcelona and Edinburgh, and Enrique Turiegano, of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, base their claims on the "prisoner's dilemma" model of behaviour, played out under laboratory conditions. Two players were each given the option of being a "dove" and co-operating for the greater good; or a "hawk", taking the selfish option, with a chance of gaining more if the other player chose "dove" and co-operated. The subjects' faces were then analysed. The study found that people with more symmetrical faces were less likely to co-operate and less likely to expect others to co-operate. The findings will be presented at the annual Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Germany, from 23 to 27 August.

    The explanation may be found in evolution. The two academics speculate that, on a subconscious level, people tend to view symmetrical physical attributes as a sign of good health and find people with them more attractive as a result. Earlier studies have suggested that individuals with symmetrical faces tend to suffer fewer congenital diseases and therefore make better potential mating partners. As a result, the studies suggest, they are more self-sufficient and have less need for seeking the help of others.

    The pair write: "As people with symmetrical faces tend to be healthier and more attractive, they are also more self-sufficient and have less of an incentive to co-operate and seek help from others. Through natural selection over thousands of years, these characteristics continue to the present day." The authors also examine the relationship between co-operation levels and exposure to testosterone during development. Testosterone is usually associated with aggressive behaviour, suggesting "alpha males" do not make great team players.

    But the authors suggest this is only a partial truth and that testosterone can promote co-operative behaviour. They write: "Subjects exposed to higher levels of testosterone during foetal development did not co-operate less than the rest and even co-operated more than subjects with average levels. It seems that leading co-operation and not necessarily obtaining a higher individual profit are seen by some as a source of status."

    The pair warn against jumping to the "simplistic conclusion" that facial asymmetry or testosterone can be used to predict a person's behaviour, but they suggest their research could help to design public policies and act as a corrective to purely economic-based decision making. They note: "If certain behaviours such as smoking, drinking or high-speed driving are perceived by those who engage in them as part of their quest for status, it is very unlikely that providing economic disincentives like higher taxes, prices or fines will have a strong deterrent effect."

    Are beautiful people 'selfish by nature'? | Science | The Observer


     
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    We are all selfish beings at one point or another!!!
     
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    ... and hoestly it disturbs me!
     
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    why??
    are you one of the beautifull people??????
     
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    Hollywood stars are they the only quintessential beautiful people .......................i meet beautiful people wherever I go..............
     
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    Do you?
     
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    it is human being nature
     
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    i believe its true
     
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    Si ndio hata magazeti yao sijui vogue.....eti 100most beautiful girls in the world???? wameenda huko lugoba au chanika?au hata kuchukua nchi zingine za afrika?
     
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    So, you're beautiful and selfish by nature to the extent that it disturbs you?
     
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    If ur not selfish then ur not human!
     
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    Isn‘t everybody ?!

    Maana hata kumkanyaga mwenzako na kumbana katika harakati za kupanda daladala ni ubinafsi vile vile.Sema tu hua hatufikirii matendo yetu ya kila siku na kuyaangalia kwa jicho tofauti.I‘ll bet you that even YOU have done something selfish today... Somehow...sometime...someplace!!!
     
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    Nilikuwa nakuchokoza tuu. Kila mtu ni selfish. Marriages or relationships in general are utterly based on selfishness. In deed, selfish ndio inayotufanya tu survive. Lakini nafikiri selfish varies from one person to another na inategmea na jamii ambayo unaishi. Labda waliofanya hiyo study wangesema beautiful people are more selfish than others. Pia zipo aina za selfish. A baby is selfish because s/he doesn't understand beyond his/her self. The kuna ego selfish which we learn when we grow up. Hapa ndio tunapojifunza kuiba, kudanyanya na pia kuwa addictive na personality zetu na mazingira yanayotunzunguka.

    Najaribu kulinganisha hii study na study nyingine iliyofanyika huko nyuma ambayo ilisema kuwa beautiful people have additive personality. In other words, beautiful people want to feel good most of the time and many will go to great extremes to avoid the negative. So, if you have an addictive personality you will be primarily focused on self. If someone strokes you then that will be an inducer to include that person. But this study may raise more questions than answers. For example, who is a "beautiful" person? What criteria would one use to define a "beautiful" person?
     
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    Who would you be then? I bet you won't be an animal because even animals are selfish.
     
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    kila mtu ni selfish nahisi in anyway
     
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    Bearing in mind the beautiful ones are not yet born anyway. Sijui wakizaliwa itakuwaje.
     
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    additive personalty kwa mwanamke inaweza kumfanya awe malaya...
    akisifiwa tu ananasa
    au akipondwa atajaribu to prove otherwise mwishowe ananasa
    nawajua watu hapa wenye traits hizo huwa najiuliza..
    ina maana wananasa nasa kirahisi???lol
     
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    Sio wanawake tuu. Nasikia pia wanaume wana addictive personality. You can test yourself here: Do You Have An Addictive Personality? Quiz : Men's Health
     
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    Perfect people do not exist! yote tunayoulizana jibu jibu lake ni hili.
     
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    mkuu hiyo quiz kwa europe zaidi....

    kwa waswahili tunahitaji maswali tofauti kidogo
     
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