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Do You Think You're Sexy, Tall, and Thin? The Prediction of Self-Rated Attractiveness, Height, and Weight


Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Julie A. Pozzebon, Brock University, Psychology Department, St. Catharines, ON, Canada L2S 3A1. E-mail:


Research suggests that self-reports of personal attributes, including physical characteristics, are often distorted. The present study examined discrepancies between self- and observer or actual reports of attractiveness, height, and weight, and investigated the role of esteem and gender role scales in the prediction of such discrepancies. Results indicated that attractiveness discrepancies were predicted by high esteem and traditional gender roles, height discrepancies were predicted by agency, and weight discrepancies were predicted by personal efficacy. Results also indicated that esteem and gender role characteristics are important in the perception of self-relevant information.