Dating more attractive men updating egocentric representations in human navigation
Women prefer men with a V-shaped torso, but this preference varies among cultures (Swami et al., 2007).For example, women from Greece desire a stronger V-shape than women from the United Kingdom. Beyond Physical Attractiveness We may also underestimate how physically or facially attractive we appear to others. The relative contribution of profile body shape and weight to judgments of women's physical attractiveness in Britain and Malaysia.
Another reason that our partner sees us as more attractive may be that physical/facial attractiveness is not the only way to be beautiful or sexy. A., Aavik, T., Alcalay, L., Allik, J., Anderson, D., & ... Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36(3), 309–325.
These results imply that both heterosexual and lesbian/bisexual women are judging themselves by harsher standards than their partners or potential partners actually desire.
Although men’s body weight and shape are not as important to their appeal as women’s (see Kurzban and Weeden, 2005), men’s waist-to-chest ratio can strongly affect women's ratings of their bodily attractiveness.
They are not just trying to make us feel better about our imperfections; we really do underestimate our own attractiveness.
Researchers may recognize a contradiction in this area: Although under some circumstances we idealize ourselves, even seeing ourselves as more attractive than we actually are (Epley and Whitchurch, 2008), we still often underestimate our own appeal. Body Shape and Size Among women, perception of our own attractiveness is strongly influenced by our body shape and size, as well as by what we to be ideal body shapes and sizes.