Psychological correlates of sexual attractiveness: An empirical demonstration of denial and fantasy gratification phenomena?

Glenn D. Wilson1, Anthony Brazendale2
1University of London, United Kingdom
2Berkshire College of Education, United Kingdom
Cite this article:  Wilson, G. D., & Brazendale, A. (1974). Psychological correlates of sexual attractiveness: An empirical demonstration of denial and fantasy gratification phenomena?. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 2, 30-34.

Volume 2 Issue 1 | e54 | Published: February 1974 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1974.2.1.30

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Sexual attractiveness ratings of 97 female student teachers were investigated as predictors of personality, social attitude, and humor preference variables. Eysenck’s major “temperamental” factors were not correlated with attractiveness, but social attitude variables showed a pattern of correlations that could be interpreted as reflecting rationalization and denial; unattractive girls tended to be more idealistic, religious, puritanical, and opposed to sexual freedom. A humor test based on ratings of risqué seaside postcards revealed that unattractive girls preferred cartoons which depicted attractive girls being admired or approached by young men.
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