The Beautiful Woman Syndrome (BWS) is a term coined by Pick-Up Artists (PUA; a male seduction community) for an undesirable condition that affects people with unusually good looks. The term was originally a parody and referred to women, but can to a lesser extent also apply to men with an above-average appearance. When applied to men it is called the Beautiful Man Syndrome.
Most people will have a close encounter with someone suffering from BWS. But most will not recognize the symptoms, nor will they usually care until they are personally hurt or offended by the BWS-er.
Characteristics of the Beautiful Woman/Man Syndrome include:
- Little intellectual development and personality. Those suffering from the syndrome are used to getting by in life on their appearance alone. Because they were never pressed to develop personal qualities, conversation with a person suffering from BWS is uninspiring.
- Treats people they perceive as less attractive as if they are inferior. Associates mainly or only with those they think are as attractive as them, or of the same social class.
- Despite lack of development, an overestimation of personal qualities such as intelligence, charm, and friendliness.
- Inability to appreciate good qualities in less attractive people; belief that the only admirable trait in a person is beauty (or money/social position).
- Dislike of hard or dirty work. The BWS-er thinks they are above that: others should help them or give them what they want.
- Little tolerance for disagreement. The BWS-er demands that others treat them admiringly because, well, they are gorgeous and clearly superior.
All good-looking people are not afflicted with BWS. However, most beautiful people are prone to acquiring the syndrome if given excessive attention and admiration on a regular basis.
If you come across a person suffering from BWS, the best action to take is to treat them like you would any other person. Do not stare, stumble over yourself trying to gain their attention, or compliment them. This behavior only adds to the BWS by confirming to the sufferer that they are indeed as outstanding as they believe. The syndrome can only be cured by the BWS-er realizing they are a mere mortal like everyone else.