Jeff Berg Posted almost 3 years ago Are we less attractive than we think we are? I'm willing to bet that the studies to which you are referring have been debunked as pseudoscience. Most people have a rather accurate assessment of how they look. Very rarely do you see an ugly person claiming they're beautiful and vice versa. Most peoples idea of whether they are attractive or not comes from the previous experiences interacting with the opposite sex. If a guy or girl gets positive attention from the opposite sex and told "you're hot" "you should be a model" they will generally regard themselves as attractive. People who don't get this type of feedback will more than likely feel that they are unattractive. It boils down to feedback from the opposite sex during formative years.