Social studies on dating
They often don't trust praise of their work or talents, believing positive evaluations to be influenced by their appearance.
What people see and how they react to their reflection in a mirror will vary according to: species, sex, age, ethnic group, sexual orientation, mood, eating disorders, what they've been watching on TV, what magazines they read, whether they're married or single, what kind of childhood they had, whether they take part in sports, what phase of the menstrual cycle they're in, whether they are pregnant, where they've been shopping – and even what they had for lunch.
In 1917, the physically perfect woman was about 5ft 4in tall and weighed nearly 10 stone.
Even 25 years ago, top models and beauty queens weighed only 8% less than the average woman, now they weigh 23% less.
Up to 8 out of 10 women will be dissatisfied with their reflection, and more than half may see a distorted image.
Every period of history has had its own standards of what is and is not beautiful, and every contemporary society has its own distinctive concept of the ideal physical attributes.
If you were a dog or a cat or a horse you wouldn't realise that the image was a reflection of yourself.