Is Beauty in the Eye of the Familiar

There have been studies done that the more we see people the more beautiful they appear to be. We also have a feeling of liking towards people the more we see them. This aspect of familiarity helps us to form social bonds and foster freindships. To see poeple a number of times through mere exposure helps us to simply think better of people.

We can relax if we don’t get a good first impression and wait until we’ve seen a person numerous times and then decide whether we’d like to get to have them as a friend. We will probably feel better about our friends when we have had a chance to make their introduction a number of times. This I am remembering from first year psychology and some of the studies we were told about at University of Waterloo.

Ontario's beautiful provincial flower.

Ontario’s beautiful provincial flower.
c 2012 Kelly Babcock

I’d like to see more people feeling comfortable to say hello with and strike up a nice conversation with. Perhaps some people don’t follow the study that I have been discussing but are more comfortable with just a small circle of friends and family.

Do people also tend to converse with others that are similar to them? I’m not sure but it could be that when we see someone dressed and acting in a similar way to us we feel more comfortable to start a friendship.

I think my friends are beautiful anyways and not just on the surface. They have a lot of qualities that are super awesome and I am glad to have seen them in action with their skills and wonderful characteristicss.

I like meeting friends through other friends or through family members. It’s good to break bread with a friend even when they look more beautiful than me.

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About friendofsnowflake

It is my pleasure to welcome you to my Blog! My name is Melanie and my nic-name Snowflake as you may already know. I'm excited to share some of my ideas and writings with you. It's interesting how psychological concepts can make things a little clearer. I have a psychology degree from the University of Waterloo. It is my hope that I can share some knowledge with you. Some of my hobbies include playing piano, guitar, drawing and more recently beading. It also really interesting to recieve comments from the amazing people who read my Blog. I hope if you feel inclined that you will tell me a bit about yourself. I would like to think that some special time spent off the net is also important for you or me. In this time you could sing or dance or just sit with a book. In the mean-time it's nice to have met you because there is some quality time spent on the net. I hope you have had time to look at your favourite song or look up your favourite author. My favorite song is True Colour by Cyndi Lauper and my favourite author is Gretchin Rubin. I feel gratitude that I can write this Blog. I hope you come back and see what new Blog is here over time. In the mean time have a great day and stay you!

Posted on May 19, 2012, in Balance, Happiness, Self Esteem and Positivity, Social Psychology Education and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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