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10 January 2011

Hello, gorgeous

Somebody took the trouble to conduct an international poll asking men whether they thought they were hotties

Somebody took the trouble to conduct an international poll asking men whether they thought they were hotties.

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)

 
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