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Personality and Hair Color: Blondes Are the Most Aggressive

Personality and Hair Color: Blondes Have More War

A study by the University of California found that fair-haired women are more aggressive, determined, and ready to go to war than brunettes and redheads.

Why so tough? The demurely named "princess effect" — a sense of entitlement from years of being treated as special — is said to be the culprit. The study found that the more special a woman felt, the more likely she was to get angry in order to attain social goals. And most often, these women were blonde, though natural blondness was not necessary as those who dyed their hair were equally likely to feel special.

I wouldn't reach for the bleach yet though. The study was small and the sample specific — 156 college women in Southern California. But it does seem to suggest one thing: hair color has nothing to do with personality and everything to do with buying into stereotypes.

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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
They debunked this in a recent post, not sure if you ladies saw it. False report. I'm naturally a really light blonde and this is not me at all.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
My dishwater blonde hair is both a blessing and a curse: going with my natural color isn't an option (for me, at least), but I feel like I have license to dye it whatever color I want. I did red for many years, and men gave me this goddess-like reverence that was almost creepy... but enjoyable at times too. As for being feisty, I already AM feisty, but I did occasionally get comments about my feistiness. My current color is brown. Men see me as intelligent and down to earth. Since I have blue eyes, a few have said I must be evil, because light-eyed dark-haired girls are evil. I never heard that one before, but a few different men had said it. I've been debating going blonde, and I think I'm going to do it. Not that this article has convinced me so much as I take it as a sign: what are the chances of me reading this while I'm planning on dying my hair within the next couple of weeks? Knowing first hand how brunettes and red-heads are perceived, I look forward to giving blonde a try.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I'm a natural blonde who dyes her hair to be red. Guess I must be feisty, aggressive, and prone to a short temper. It's funny, being a natural blonde, I always hated that there were so many other blondes (well people trying to dye their hair blonde) and that when my parent's generation thinks of blondes, they think of Pam Anderson. Um, I'll pass on that, thanks! I look like I was born to be a redhead anyways, green eyes, super pale skin and freckles.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I agree with you, Blackwood! I love redheads and wish I was one (I've been known to fake it with a good dye ;)). But like blondes getting stuck with the "dumb" stereotype, redheads have historically been associated with feistiness and short tempers.
janneth janneth 7 years
I believe this to be true.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Picture source is IMDB; the news source is BBC. Not that makes it more legit, I just like to point out when anons are wrong
Blackwood Blackwood 7 years
@postmodernsleaze: really? they accuse redheads of being aggressive? the only thing I'd accuse them (well, some of them) is of being unfairly and ruthlessly beautiful. especially the ones with freckles.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Maybe they have to get more aggressive because they're not always taken seriously by those who do impose upon them the "dumb blonde" stereotype. And everyone accuses redheads of being aggressive!
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