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FYI: Why Are Mean People So Hot?


Society & Culture  (tags: humans, culture, society, interesting, interesting, ethics )

Carrie
- 501 days ago - popsci.com
Mean people are attractive because of their meanness, not in spite of it. What I call meanness is more officially known as the "Dark Triad" of personality traits--narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy.



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BarbKnight SunshineLady (1607)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 3:48 pm
On my one-and-only-fave-abc-soap General Hospital, the fans know instantly who the 'bad guy' is because he USED to be 'to die for' but not anymore. Now the 'bad guy' or 'bad girl' just aren't that 'HOT.'
 

Vicky P. (462)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 5:02 pm
to me mean people are ugly, they are rude, narcissist, etc, that's not attractive even if the person has decent looks, they are still an ugly person
 

Carrie B. (279)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 5:31 pm
There is a reason why people who are physically attractive somehow become less attractive as we know more them. Inner beauty is what counts.
 

Jason S. (57)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 6:01 pm
good posting, thanks
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 7:01 pm
Mean people lack emotional maturity, appropriate to their age, no matter what they look like...and know inside themselves, that most people will distant themselves when given their own choices..........so taking the time to enhance their own looks does 2 things: A.) acts like bait to everyone initially... , to draw in as many people as possable into their personal circle, to try to fill that inner hole of emptiness and insecurity. B.) So the "meaness" comes out, towards anyone that "can see right through them", because of their huge fear of rejection, they "reject first", make fun of others to bolster a false sense of superiority,because they know that people can see their flaws and they can't handle that due to lack of skills and understanding and true selfesteem and the people in their "clic" are usually follower type personalitys...........what they all need is a great psychologist and desire to learn whom they really are and what their inner hearts can be!!!...........Myself, I walk away from these "toxic" people!..Life is too short for crap and I am not a psychologist!!!
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 7:20 pm

Not the traits I look for in people. To me the most important issue is empathy. Beauty is as beauty does....
 

Carrie B. (279)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 7:33 pm
Beauty is as beauty does.
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Friday November 30, 2012, 6:40 am
I think a lot of people on Care2 are high in empathy. Empathetic people can easily be perplexed by the "Dark Triad" traits because it's hard to understand that a person could not be empathetic. Therefore, it's easy to be taken in by people who have these traits. The other reason is that they are often exceptionally charming when they want to draw people in to their scheming. There is a really good book about "Dark Triad" types called "The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us" by Martha Stout, Ph.D .
 

Carrie B. (279)
Friday November 30, 2012, 7:22 am
Thank you Suzanne L.
 

Suheyla C. (233)
Friday November 30, 2012, 5:25 pm
Thanks
 

Pat A. (117)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 4:59 am
You WHAT?!!! "Mean people are hot..." REALLY???!!! 'Handsome is as handsome does', as my grandmother used to say. And she was right too - horrible people may have an attractive exterior - but if they are vile inside - people notice sooner or later (hopefully sooner). I have never liked attractive spiteful people - poor souls - empathy is FARRRR more attractive!.

Green star to Suzanne - as she definitely has a point...
 

Michael Barth (43)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 9:04 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing.
 

Joanne Dixon (34)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 2:28 pm
Sometimes it is helpful to know what the competition is up to, and I think this is a good example. Take now, when a number of CEOs have gone to Washington DC to testify before Congress that their taxes should not be raised. but that the budget should be balanced on the backs of the poor. These CEOs are very, very good at making themselves appear attractive. That is why they are CEOs. Many people with more talent who also have empathy have been passed over so that these specimens might become CEOs. I would say it is beneficial for us to know what we are up against. In the circumstances, rational thinking is not going to win the day without a LOT of help.
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 4:21 pm
I will take pretty/handsome on the inside over on the outside hands down every time.
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 4:40 pm
I saw this at first and wondered if their body temperature was higher than other peoples'. Ooops...looks like I'm showing my age. Good article, thanks, Carrie.
 

onita Caldwell (32)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 5:12 pm
Hey Lois I am on the same page with you, Ithought that was the reason the sweat pours off me in buckets. Oh well guess not. I used to be hot in the other connotation, now I'm just fat and going through the change.
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 9:35 pm
(hey Lois & Kay...so did I when I first saw the title..I thought science had figured it out as, " some extra misguided fermones"....which, I think it just might be!!!..why followers, don't run away as fast as they need too!)
 

Gloria H. (88)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 11:59 pm
I have experienced very mean ugly people too. Sometimes they take their inner loathing out on more attractive people. It's called being catty....or what it really is....bullying.
 

june t. (62)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 12:43 am
some souls are just full of darkness. You can sometimes catch a glimpse of it when they don't know you are looking at them.. That's when you really notice that their "beauty" is really quite ugly..... but some people are so dazzled by the mean beauties they don't see it until or unless they personally get burned....
 

g d c. (0)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 8:47 am
this is a surprise??
 

LMj Sunshine (112)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:21 pm
Thank you for sharing.
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:45 pm
For a more thoughtful comment than I made above: Some begin life as "beautiful" and take advantage of that...growing ugly with time.....like the picture of Dorian Grey. Some begin life more as "plain" and grow more beautiful as their love for others and kindness shapes their physical features.
 

Anne K. (125)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:09 pm
Mean people are not "hot". They are despicable. Part of being "hot" is compassion, empathy, and humility.
 

Anne K. (125)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:22 pm
I always thought that Pierce Brosnan was very handsome. He is a vegetarian who cares about the environment, people, animals...he is a humanitarian, so he is the total package. Handsome plus peace, empathy, compassion, intelligence = "Hot"
 

pam M. (98)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:23 pm
"as ugly as the rest of us" not really they're uglier. Ugly inside and out. Sad and pathetic. Once beauty fades nothing left but their ugly insides. Empty hearts, souls and heads.
 

Jan L. (399)
Monday December 3, 2012, 5:46 am
Mean people are NOT hot, just mean and often insecure.
 

Mitchell D. (123)
Monday December 3, 2012, 7:05 pm
I think it possible that mean people are found attractive because of their intensity, and that this will look still better on those mean people who have attractive physical traits.
But, yes, who and what one is inside is what cunts in the end.
 

Veronica C. (42)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 8:35 pm
Gotta disagree with this one.
 

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:56 am
that is why things using not real people are great. all the mean and evil people are always ugly.
 

bob m. (32)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 4:22 am


Hot; just givin off some of the perfumes of their ultimate destination.
 

Sheri J. (16)
Monday December 10, 2012, 10:08 am
I look at a person's character than their physical appearance more.
 
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