Pretty women ‘anger more easily’

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Attractive women may have the competitive edge by letting their temper flare more, research suggests.Researchers found women who rated themselves as pretty displayed a war-like streak when fighting battles to get their own way.The University of California interviewed 156 female students to gauge their temperament and how they handled conflict.The findings appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.In the study, the women who believed they were good looking were more likely to respond angrily in disputes than those who rated themselves as less attractive.

Attractive women also had higher expectations of what they deserved.These were strategies that appeared to work because the same women were better at resolving situations in their favour.When the researchers, led by Dr Aaron Sell, scrutinised the findings further, they found how attractive other people rated the women also tallied.And so did hair colour – with blondes rated as more attractive than brunettes and redheads, as reported in an earlier version of this story.However, Dr Sell insisted to the BBC that this link was less strong and his research had not set out to test this.

The researchers believe the findings have an evolutionary basis, ensuring that the “fittest” people mate and have offspring.In men, they found a similar link but with physical strength rather than attractiveness per se.Consultant psychologist Ingrid Collins, of The London Medical Centre, said the latest findings were interesting but should be interpreted with caution.”This is a small study on a very limited sample group so it is not possible to generalise.”

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