Study: You Are Less Beautiful Than You Think

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    May 22, 2013 1:49 PM GMT
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=you-are-less-beautiful-than-you-think

    However, what Dove is suggesting is not actually true. The evidence from psychological research suggests instead that we tend to think of our appearance in ways that are more flattering than are warranted. This seems to be part of a broader human tendency to see ourselves through rose colored glasses. Most of us think that we are better than we actually are — not just physically, but in every way.

    The most direct evidence that the Dove commercial is misleading comes from the work of Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago and Erin Whitchurch of the University of Virginia. In a series of studies, Epley and Whitchurch showed that we see ourselves as better looking than we actually are. The researchers took pictures of study participants and, using a computerized procedure, produced more attractive and less attractive versions of those pictures. Participants were told that they would be presented with a series of images including their original picture and images modified from that picture. They were then asked to identify the unmodified picture. They tended to select an attractively enhanced one.

    Epley and Whitchurch showed that people display this bias for themselves but not for strangers. The same morphing procedure was applied to a picture of a stranger, whom the study participant met three weeks earlier during an unrelated study. Participants tended to select the unmodified picture of the stranger.
  • kew1

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    May 22, 2013 4:59 PM GMT
    Oh crap. I thought I was merely ugly, I must be a double-bagger.
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    May 22, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    Don't care whether you're beautiful external.
    Know that, what counts & what only counts is 'what you're on the inside'. What I say is true and is more commonly seen in long term.

    If you're beautiful instead, the outside beauty manifests 1000 times more.
    If you're heartless inside, the outside beauty degrades itself into utter repulsion and disgust.
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    May 22, 2013 5:36 PM GMT
    There are several parody videos of the concept and this one I like very much

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    May 22, 2013 5:44 PM GMT
    Harry7785 saidDon't care whether you're beautiful external.
    Know that, what counts & what only counts is 'what you're on the inside'. What I say is true and is more commonly seen in long term.

    If you're beautiful instead, the outside beauty manifests 1000 times more.
    If you're heartless inside, the outside beauty degrades itself into utter repulsion and disgust.


    Yes it is important to be more beautiful inside. However doesnt mean that all good looking people are ugly inside and all ugly people are beautiful inside.

    In my personal experience (I am below average looking like may be a 4 or a 4.5 on a scale of 10) I have found that most (not all) people who are beautiful outside are also more beautiful/happy inside, while the ones that are unattractive outside are also less attractive inside (a lot of times they reek of jealousy/bitterness).



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    May 22, 2013 6:19 PM GMT
    @ whatever3009
    Yes, that's what I meant...an ugly guy looks more ugly if he is ugly inside & the same guy looks beuautiful(thought physically he is unattractive) when he is good on the inside.

    & BTW, that video is hilarious, made me laugh...
    Thanks for sharing :-]
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    May 22, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
    whatever3009 saidThere are several parody videos of the concept and this one I like very much

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    Funny icon_smile.gif

    My rose-colored glasses are cracked.....sat on em.
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    May 22, 2013 8:58 PM GMT
    It's the end of the world for everyone....

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  • HottJoe

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    May 22, 2013 9:06 PM GMT
    Yet some of the most beautiful men seem to think they are ugly.icon_sad.gif
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    May 22, 2013 9:17 PM GMT
    I don't even know if i'm beautiful but I don't care by any standards, beauty does SOOOOO much, anyone who's by this get over it....minutes later
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  • BloodFlame

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    May 22, 2013 10:37 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidYet some of the most beautiful men seem to think they are ugly.icon_sad.gif


    I've seen this with both men and women, especially women.

    Honestly, even if a person isn't what you consider attractive, if he/she is confident in themselves and do what they can and are happy, why should you put them down? I never use the word ugly when describing a person's looks because it's rude and I think no one is truly ugly.

    I might feel this way because I watched a few vids about how celebrities aren't what they appear to be. It really changed my perception and I'm glad it did.
  • HottJoe

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    May 22, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    Elysian_Fields said
    HottJoe saidYet some of the most beautiful men seem to think they are ugly.icon_sad.gif


    I've seen this with both men and women, especially women.

    Honestly, even if a person isn't what you consider attractive, if he/she is confident in themselves and do what they can and are happy, why should you put them down? I never use the word ugly when describing a person's looks because it's rude and I think no one is truly ugly.

    I might feel this way because I watched a few vids about how celebrities aren't what they appear to be. It really changed my perception and I'm glad it did.


    I don't think anyone is ugly either. I just meant it's sad when people see themselves that way. I don't think anyone should think that about themselves, and I do think confidence empowers people..... The thread seems to say we're deluded if we think we're as good as we think we are, and I'm saying people are better than they think they are.icon_smile.gif
  • Eli_jah

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    May 23, 2013 4:41 AM GMT
    Well, this makes perfect fucking sense.icon_mad.gif
  • wherewillwebe

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    May 23, 2013 10:42 AM GMT
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    May 23, 2013 10:51 AM GMT
    Beauty fades for even the hottest among us.Look at Brad Pitt.I love hot men but who wants a hot dickhead?Not me.
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    May 23, 2013 12:15 PM GMT
    What kind of negative bullshit is this ? Considering so many people seem to suffer from low self esteem I'd think a good dose exaggerated confidence in the looks department is a good thing.

  • BloodFlame

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    May 23, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    Elysian_Fields said
    HottJoe saidYet some of the most beautiful men seem to think they are ugly.icon_sad.gif


    I've seen this with both men and women, especially women.

    Honestly, even if a person isn't what you consider attractive, if he/she is confident in themselves and do what they can and are happy, why should you put them down? I never use the word ugly when describing a person's looks because it's rude and I think no one is truly ugly.

    I might feel this way because I watched a few vids about how celebrities aren't what they appear to be. It really changed my perception and I'm glad it did.


    I don't think anyone is ugly either. I just meant it's sad when people see themselves that way. I don't think anyone should think that about themselves, and I do think confidence empowers people..... The thread seems to say we're deluded if we think we're as good as we think we are, and I'm saying people are better than they think they are.icon_smile.gif


    I agree icon_biggrin.gif It's nice to know I'm not the only one who feels this way. I mean, when I hang out with my brother and his friends, while they are nice, they do say things like "Ew, he/she is so ugly, you can do better" and stuff like that. I just stay quiet and if they ask my opinion, I'm not critical at all and I can tell they think I'm weird when I don't share the same views as them lol. Even if the guy wasn't my cup of tea, I would never say something like "he's f**king ugly" and such. *shrugs*

    WickedRyanBeauty fades for even the hottest among us.Look at Brad Pitt.I love hot men but who wants a hot dickhead?Not me.


    I agree and I feel that the only person who'd want to be with a hot dickhead are either the tolerant people who can put up with their attitude or another person who has the same views.

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    May 23, 2013 8:14 PM GMT
    Relevant:

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    May 23, 2013 8:44 PM GMT
    whatever3009 saidThere are several parody videos of the concept and this one I like very much


    That's one of the better ones, although it kinda fizzled out at the end.

    Beauty is in the dick of the beholder. No matter how ugly you think you may be, someone will be attracted to you just the way you are.
  • Apparition

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    May 24, 2013 8:32 AM GMT
    it's not what you look like on the outside that matters...it's how you feel on the inside.

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    my dick.

    lol
  • Apparition

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    May 24, 2013 8:32 AM GMT
    it's not what you look like on the outside that matters...it's how you feel on the inside.

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    my dick.

    lol