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Bald Men Are Perceived As More Attractive, Study Finds

Bald Men Are Perceived As More Attractive, Study Finds

If you are a man who has recently looked in the mirror and noticed some tell tail signs of hair-loss you will be pleased to find that there is a simple solution to your problem; a shaved head.

According to a new study conducted by Albert E. Mannes at the University of Pennsylvania men with shaved heads are seen as 13% stronger, taller and having greater leadership potential than men who have either a full head or hair that is thinning.

Mannes conducted three experiments and found that “Men with shaved heads were rated as more dominant”. He also concluded that “Men whose hair was digitally removed were perceived as more dominant, taller, and stronger than their authentic selves.” Furthermore, he noted that “Men experiencing natural hair loss may improve their  interpersonal standing by shaving”.

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According to the American Hair Loss Association, two thirds of men will lose some hair by the age of 35 and by the age of 50, 85% will have experienced a significant hair loss. So it is likely that Mannes findings will be welcomed by many men.

Mannes conducted three studies as part of his research.

Study 1. Are men with shaved heads perceived as more dominant and authoritative?

In the first of these studies, 59 participants were shown 25 photos. Of these 24 photos 10 men had shaved heads. The remaining men had various hair styles of different lengths. The participants were asked to rate each photograph based on their perceived power, influence and authority of men with hair and men with shaved heads. The results found that men with shaved heads were seen as more dominant thatn similar men with full heads of hair.

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Study 2. Do men with digitally removed hair look more dominant, taller and stronger than their authentic selves?

In the second study 344 participants were shown photographs of four different men. The first photograph was of the man with his real hair and the second photograph was of the man where his hair has been digitally removed. The participants perceived the men with shaved heads as more dominant, an inch taller and  13% stronger.

The results from the first experiment may be explained by saying that men who chose to shave their heads were more dominant. However, the results of the second experiment can not be justified in this way as it was the same man who was shown with and without hair.

Study 3. Do non-photographic stimuli provide the same results?

In the final study participants were given written descriptions of men. No photographs were used. More than 500 adults rated their perception of a given man based purely on the information they gathered from the written descriptions. The descriptions were all the same except for the parts that described the hair. The man that was described as having a shaved head was rated highest in masculinity, dominance,  leadership potential and strength.

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Explanations for the effect

Mannes argues that the link between shaved heads and dominance comes from cultural associations (just as being tall and having a deep voice signal dominance).

As he states: “In US society … shaved heads are often found on men in traditionally masculine professions,” he writes, “so dominance may emerge through stereotypical associations with these figures.”

Mannes believes that men who take the initiative to voluntarily shave their heads give the impression of being bold and dominant. Instead of being self conscious about their condition these men take an active step to improve their image.

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The study also showed that men with thinning hairlines were considered to be less masculine then those who shaved their hair off. In this way men with shaved heads were seen as more honest than men who tried to hide their condition with toupees or comb overs.

“Instead of spending billions each year trying to reverse or cure their hair loss,” Mannes writes, “the counterintuitive prescription of this research to men experiencing male pattern baldness is to shave their heads.”

So there is new hope for men out their who are experiencing hair loss. The answer is simple; shave it off and you will improve your image in no time. For those of you who have already taken the bold move and have shaved their heads you will be pleased to know that your are sporting a more dominant and masculine image.

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Rebecca Beris

Rebecca is a wellness and lifestyle writer at Lifehack.

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What Makes People Happy? 20 Secrets of “Always Happy” People

What Makes People Happy? 20 Secrets of “Always Happy” People

Some people just seem to float through life with a relentless sense of happiness – through the toughest of times, they’re unfazed and aloof, stopping to smell the roses and drinking out of a glass half full.

They may not have much to be happy about, but the simplicity behind that fact itself may make them happy.

It’s all a matter of perspective, conscious effort and self-awareness. Listed below are a number of reasons why some people are always happy.

1. They Manage Their Expectations

They’re not crushed when they don’t get what they want – or misled into expecting to get the most out of every situation. They approach every situation pragmatically, hoping for the best but being prepared for the worst.

2. They Don’t Set Unrealistic Standards

Similar to the last point, they don’t live their lives in a constant pursuit towards impossible visions of perfection, only to always find themselves falling short of what they want.

3. They Don’t Take Anything for Granted

Happiness rests with feeling fulfilled – those who fail to stop and appreciate what they have every now and again will never experience true fulfillment.

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4. They’re Not Materialistic

There are arguing viewpoints on whether or not money can really buy happiness; if it can, then we know from experience that we can never be satisfied because there will always be something newer or better that we want. Who has ever had enough money?

5. They Don’t Dwell

They don’t sweat the small things or waste time worrying about things that don’t really matter at the end of the day. They don’t let negative thoughts latch onto them and drain them or distract them. Life’s too short to worry.

6. They Care About Themselves First

They’re independent, care for themselves and understand that they must put their needs first in order to accommodate the needs of others.

They indulge, aim to get what they want, make time for themselves and are extremely self-reliant.

7. They Enjoy the Little Things

They stop to smell the roses. They’re accustomed to find serenity when it’s available, to welcome entertainment or a stimulating discussion with a stranger when it crosses their path. They don’t overlook the small things in life that can be just as important.

8. They Can Adapt

They’re not afraid of change and they work to make the most out of new circumstances, good or bad. They thrive under pressure, are not overwhelmed easily and always embrace a change of pace.

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9. They Experiment

They try new things, experience new flavors and never shy away from something they have yet to experience. They never order twice from the same menu.

10. They Take Their Time

They don’t unnecessarily rush through life. They work on their own schedule to the extent that they can and maneuver through life at their own relaxing pace.

11. They Employ Different Perspectives

They’re not stuck in one perspective; a loss can result in a new opportunity, hitting rock bottom can mean that there’s no where to go but up.

12. They Seek to Learn

Their constant pursuit of knowledge keeps them inspired and interested in life. They cherish information and are on a life-long quest to learn as much as they can.

13. They Always Have a Plan

They don’t find themselves drifting without purpose. When something doesn’t go as planned, they have a plan for every letter in the alphabet to fall back on.

14. They Give Respect to Get It

They are respectful and, in turn, are seen as respectable; the respect they exude earns them the respect they deserve.

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15. They Consider Every Opportunity

They always have their eyes open for a new road, a new avenue worth exploring. They know how to recognize opportune moments and pounce on them to make the most of every situation. Success is inevitable for them.

16. They Always Seek to Improve

Perpetual self-improvement is the key towards their ongoing thirst for success. Whatever it is they do, they take pride in getting better and better, from social interactions to mundane tasks. Their pursuit at being the best eventually materializes.

17. They Don’t Take Life Too Seriously

They’re not ones to get offended easily over-analyze or complicate matters. They laugh at their own faults and misfortunes.

18. They Live in the Moment

They don’t live for tomorrow or dwell on what may have happened yesterday. Every day is a new opportunity, a new chapter. They live in the now, and in doing so, get the most out of every moment.

You can learn how to do so too: How to Live in the Moment and Stop Worrying About the Past or Future

19. They Say Yes

Much more often than they say no. They don’t have to be badgered to go out, don’t shy away from new opportunities or anything that may seem inconvenient.

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20. They’re Self-Aware

Most important, they’re wholly aware of themselves. They self-reflect and are conscious of their states of mind. If somethings bothering them, they fix it.

We’re all susceptible to feeling down every now and again, but we are all equipped with the necessary solutions that just have to be discovered.

Lack of confidence, inability to feel fulfilled, and susceptibility to stress are all matters that can be controlled through the way we handle our lives and perceive our circumstances.

Learn about How Self-Reflection Gives You a Happier and More Successful Life.

Final Thoughts

The main philosophy employed by the happiest includes the idea that life’s simply too short: life’s too short to let things get you down, to take things for granted, to pursue absolute and unrealistic perfection.

For some, employing these characteristics is a second nature – they do it without knowing. For others, a conscious effort must be put forth every now and again. Self-Awareness is key.

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