Psychologists have figured out how people perceive their appearance

(ORDO NEWS) – It turned out that the perception of the image of oneself largely depends on how a person relates to himself and how he perceives his personality.

How people perceive themselves is a topic that has been discussed for a long time in psychology and is of great interest to specialists. This question has become especially relevant today – in the era of selfies and social networks. Psychologists from the Bangor and London Universities (UK) have developed a method for visualizing the mental self-portraits that we hold in our minds.

They analyzed how these inner images may differ from what others see and demonstrated how they are influenced by our beliefs about ourselves, as well as self-esteem. The scientists presented their findings in the journal Psychological Science. The study involved 116 adults.

For each subject, mental images of their own faces were reconstructed using computer simulations. To create a “mental selfie”, the volunteer was asked to choose from two random faces the one that looked more like him. This process was repeated several hundred times, until the psychologists eventually averaged all the images that the participants felt were more like themselves.

At the same time, scientists found that people’s mental ideas about their appearance did not necessarily correspond to reality, but rather depended on what kind of persons they see themselves. “We asked the participants to create their own“ mental self-portrait ”, as well as answer questionnaires of personality and self-esteem in order to identify what type of personality they consider themselves to be.

It was found that the subjects’ perceptions of themselves strongly influenced the way they presented their appearance. For example, if a person considered himself to be an extrovert, he thought that his facial expression seemed to people more confident and conducive to communication than it really was. ”

In the second phase of the study, psychologists used the same approach to assess how realistic the participants were about their body image. And they found out that these images also often did not correspond to reality and strongly depended on the attitude of people towards themselves. Participants who perceived their own appearance in a negative way, as a rule, imagined themselves to be more corpulent than they really were


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