Why do we find symmetrical faces attractive


    Why do we find symmetrical faces attractive

  • 1 Symmetrical faces indicate having good genes

    A symmetrical face is a sign that a person has good genes and that they were not subject to genetic mutation while growing up. People are programmed to look for symmetrical faces in order to ensure the health of their future offspring.

  • 2 The face is easier to process

    A symmetrical face is easier to process by the brain, and so people feel at ease when they see someone with a symmetrical face. See also why simpler products are more likely to succeed

  • 3 Symmetry leads to children with symmetrical faces

    Facial symmetry can increase the chances of bringing a child who also has a symmetrical face. People might be attracted to symmetrical faces because they unconsciously want their children to look good.

  • 4 Might be linked to positive personality traits

    Some people connect facial symmetry with agreeableness, extroversion and conscientiousness, thus suggesting that people with symmetrical faces might have good personalities.

  • 5 Better health

    A symmetrical face can indicate that a person has better health as it might show that this person hasn't been subject to serious diseases during their childhood.

  • 6 People with asymmetrical faces are more prone to psychological distress

    In a study published in 1997, it was claimed that people with asymmetrical faces are more prone to psychological distress and instability.