Improving self-esteem by improving physical attractiveness

J Esthet Dent. 1997;9(1):44-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1708-8240.1997.tb00915.x.


Many characteristics comprise a person's personality: achievement orientation, interest to be sociable, aggressiveness, need for order, disposition, and so on. One of the most important personality characteristics in every person's life is self-esteem, which can be defined in terms of cognitive generalizations derived from past experiences. Since people are not isolated from their environment, a person's experiences impact his or her self-esteem. Since a person's physical attractiveness is known to be a major factor in his or her experiences, it is logical (as well as empirically documented) to be a substantial influence on self-esteem. The research shows that improving a physical trait improves attitude, personality, and self-esteem. Likewise, improving physical attractiveness improves interpersonal interactions. These more positive interactions are internalized intrapersonally (within a person), with direct, corresponding impact on the person's self-esteem.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Beauty*
  • Body Image*
  • Esthetics, Dental
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personality
  • Psychology, Social
  • Self Concept*
  • Social Values