international poll asking men whether they thought they were hotties.
Somebody took the trouble to conduct an
Demur? Brush the question away with a coy 'really, how would I know'? No way. At least not in Greece, Russia and South Africa, where a resounding 81%, 80% and 78% are pretty sure they are hot. Very sure. 'Am I sexy? Hell yeah. Is the sun going to come up tomorrow?'
It's not a male trait generally. Averaging the 12 countries polled, men aren’t strutting too much: less than half (49%) think they're too sexy for their shirts. The cocksure Greeks, Russians and South Africans are balanced by modest men in Malaysia, China and France, who – charmingly – don’t think they’re particularly good-looking.
All of which raises questions, in my mind, around self-image: is confidence in your own gorgeousness a self-fulfilling prophecy; or is it simply a delusion that no-one shares? We’ve seen the grotesque results of too many interventions – surgical or steroid-based – on the part of people who’re obsessed with bizarre extremes of self-image (though body dysmorphic disorder is, of course, not the same thing as over-confidence).
(Heather Parker, Health24, December 2008)