NCBI ROFL: Unhappy yearbook photos herald crappier lives.

By ncbi rofl | August 22, 2011 7:00 pm

Expressions of positive emotion in women’s college yearbook pictures and their relationship to personality and life outcomes across adulthood.

“To test hypotheses about positive emotion, the authors examined the relationship of positive emotional expression in women’s college pictures to personality, observer ratings, and life outcomes. Consistent with the notion that positive emotions help build personal resources, positive emotional expression correlated with the self-reported personality traits of affiliation, competence, and low negative emotionality across adulthood and predicted changes in competence and negative emotionality. Observers rated women displaying more positive emotion more favorably on several personality dimensions and expected interactions with them to be more rewarding; thus, demonstrating the beneficial social consequences of positive emotions. Finally, positive emotional expression predicted favorable outcomes in marriage and personal well-being up to 30 years later. Controlling for physical attractiveness and social desirability had little impact on these findings.”

Photo: Awkward School Pictures

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  • Baramos

    I can’t believes some parent picked the laser background for the school picture when they filled out the form. Plain blue was always the classy choice.

  • Kristina Bjoran

    Thank you, just…thank you. I saw that lead image in my Reeder and just lost it. Interesting study too, I suppose. But the photo just makes it.

  • Cleo

    She looks thrilled in the picture!! That photo should be sent into the Ellen show for bad paid for photos!


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