The Psychology of Looking Good and Feeling Good

Everyone has heard the famous saying, “beauty is only skin deep”. Despite this common notion, beauty is much more than skin deep. There is a strong connection between looking your best and feeling confident, capable, and empowered. These are some of the ways in which your outer appearance may affect your emotions and behavior.


Psychologist Nathaniel Branden explains that self-esteem has profound effects on thinking processes, emotions, desires, values and goals. Your physical appearance is closely tied to your self-esteem. Flaws, like blemishes and wrinkles can have a negative impact on your self-confidence and make you feel self-conscious. Whether you have scars you wish to hide, unwanted hair or wrinkles, having these removed may give your self-esteem a major boost. Braden states,

“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.”

Social Skills

Human beings naturally crave social interactions. Looking good and feeling good can have a significant effect on how you see yourself and how you present yourself to the world. When your insecurities are at the front of your mind, it becomes easier to avoid social interactions and new situations.

Emotional Well-being

When you take steps to take care of yourself and make the changes you desire, your self-esteem and emotional well-being may improve as well. Psychologist Vivian Diller explains the term “beauty self-esteem” and that feeling better about you requires internal work that reflects the external appearance. That being said, it is important to have balance in your life and work on yourself both internally and externally to make a more beautiful you.

Having high self-esteem, social skills and good emotional well-being all lead to a happier life. Take the time to work on “you”. We’re here to help.

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