Laws of Attraction

Are YOU a perfect… “nine?”

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.

Thousands of beauty ads hit our inbox every day. And don’t get me started on those Instagram feeds! It’s hard not to judge ourselves against these impossible standards! But does OUR vision of ourselves differ from what OTHERS think?

Tobias Greitemeyer from University of Innsbruck, Austria investigated.

Nearly two hundred people participated in a lengthy survey. The quiz asked questions about their own personality and physical beauty. While the subjects completed the questionnaire, two random participants rated their looks on a scale from one to nine.

Results? People who were scored as LESS attractive by others usually rated themselves as — pretty good-looking! Those who were considered MORE attractive by others? They usually rated themselves lower. People don’t always recognize their own beauty!

The rationale behind these results? Puzzling! The researchers theorize that most people generally see themselves as…pretty much as hot as the next guy. Or gal… 

Hot or not, learn to work with what you got! I AM buying that face cream, though. It really is a miracle!

Reference: Greitemeyer, Tobias. “Unattractive People Are Unaware of Their (Un)Attractiveness.” Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. (August 2020).