15 Dec '11, 11pm

Ugly men compensate with overconfidence, says study

LONDON - Some men can get by on a wink and a smile, but those who lack good looks make up for it with misguided optimism about their own sex appeal, a study published in the Psychological Science journal claims. Researchers believe this could be down to an evolutionary trait that tricks men into overestimating the value of their looks and trying their luck with a greater number of women - some of whom are better-looking than they are - because they are less likely to see them as unattainable. While approaching more women raises the man's risk of rejection, it also reduces the chance of his missing out on a potential partner. Only the most attractive men are not inclined to have an inflated view of their desirability. The experiment by United States-based Williams College psychologists had involving 96 male and 103 female undergraduates, who were asked to rate their own att...

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