Idealized beauty versus idealized intelligence
Our household has been struck with the flu this week (how we got the flu in August when it’s 110 out is beyond me!). So, I thought I’d pass along a quote from a friend that made me stop and think about my own body image.
“When women evaluate their physical attractiveness, they compare themselves with an idealized standard of beauty, such as a fashion model. In contrast, when both men and women evaluate their intelligence, they do not compare themselves to Einstein, but rather to a more mundane standard.”
Richard Robins, professor of psychology at UC Davis
This made me think, “Why do I think it’s a reasonable expectation to look like Heidi Klum after a workout session at the gym? I don’t think I should be as smart as Marilyn vos Savant just because I completed a crossword puzzle this morning.”