Why do men see something different when they look in the mirror?

Posted by Ruth Miller on Mon 4th June 2007 at 03:45 AM, Filed in Body Language

This is a natural phenomenon. When a man takes a look in the mirror he sees someone completely different, normally far better looking and 10lbs lighter. Why the hell is this?


Well, there are three main reasons according to research:

• Thanks to the media, we have become accustomed to extremely rigid and uniform standards of beauty. TV, billboards, magazines etc mean that we see ‘beautiful people’ all the time, more often than members of our own family, making exceptional good looks seem real, normal and attainable – we want to compete for female attention.

• Men generally have a more positive body image than women.

• Men may be feeling insecure and vulnerable.

Whilst women tend to be super critical about their appearance, men re more likely to be either pleased with what they see or indifferent. Women are so much more self-critical because they are judged more on their appearance than men are.

Blame it on the media - It has been estimated that young women now see more images of outstandingly beautiful women in one day than our mothers saw throughout their entire adolescence.

In comparison to men, All research to date on body image shows that women are much more critical of their appearance than men – much less likely to admire what they see in the mirror. Up to 8 out of 10 women will be dissatisfied with their reflection, and more than half may see a distorted image.

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