A Look at the Impact of Physical Appearance on Social Treatment and Behavioural Development

The theoretical perception of how things should be and the practical aspect of how things are is often a point of socio-political conflict. From a purely practical and scientific point of view though, the effect of physical appearance on both social treatment and behavioral development is profound and proven. Let’s delve deeper.

Good Looks are Subconsciously Perceived as a Sign of Prosperity

For thousands of years, physical attractiveness has been directly related to wealth and prosperity. Better nutrition, clothing, living standards, lifestyles and various other, similar positive influences are directly related to better health and attractive features in a majority of situations. Therefore, associating health, wealth and prosperity with attractiveness is embedded in our subconscious through genetic memory.

This in turn affects our own perception and behavior towards people with certain features that are universally considered to be representative of prosperity and success. It is to be understood that in today’s society, these may not have much relevance any more, but due to the subconscious suggestions, how we look does play a role in how we are treated.

The Visual Nature of Human Beings

Simply and scientifically stated, most, if not all human beings are highly visual in nature. What this means is that we rely on our perception of aesthetics to take decisions even without realizing it. This doesn’t just apply to human beings only, but to everything in general. For example, from a purely scientific point of view, a cockroach and a butterfly are both insects, but the perception and treatment of the two by humans are vastly different, based primarily, if not exclusively, on appearance.

The Impact of Social Treatment on Behavioral Development

Someone who enjoys more privileges for superficial reasons may come to expect special treatment from others, which can and often does create conflicting situations, as and when the visual impact fails to have the same effect.

On the other hand, someone who has never received special treatment may find it much easier to deal with unfavorable situations, simply because they have never received special treatment. That is of course just one aspect of behavioral development which social treatment based on physical attractiveness can have, and not every one of them work out in favor of one or the other.

Improved Appearance Improves Confidence and Performance

Due to the reasons stated above and multiple other reasons responsible for affecting social perception and consequent behavior towards an individual, it would only be natural for someone to grow in confidence when one or more aspects of their physical appearance is improved.

Women often suffer from vein health issues such as varicose veins and spider veins, post pregnancy or after a certain age. As these veins appear on easily visible sections of the leg in particular, insecurity developing from them can limit one’s confidence and may even change their behavior over time. However, new technology from companies like YLSC can offer treatments for vein health issues via laser and sclerotherapy, which can completely make the unsightly veins disappear.

Similar to how easy it can be to get rid of vein health problems, most superficial issues that affect our confidence level are easier to treat today than we think. Rather than considering them shallow measures, they should be thought of as steps for boosting confidence and improving mental health in the process.

While it would be easy to mistake the findings discussed here as preconceived limitations, the approach should be towards taking the research findings as knowledge, rather than anything else, since that is precisely what these facts are.


Lewis Mitchell

Lewis Mitchell is a freelance writer from the U.K. who specializes in technology and Internet niches.