Love is blind

Why your partner thinks you're more attractive than you really are

Love is blind, it would seem, well, partially sighted at least, with news that our partners think we are far better looking than we actually are.

According to research from scientists, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, after a study of 93 couples found that men gave their girlfriends and wives much higher scores for their attractiveness than the women gave themselves.

And the same was true when women rated their partners.

The couples were all in their 30s and had all been together for an average of 14 years.

The study’s report said: ‘Whereas women typically believe that men prefer a female shape thinner and larger busted than men actually prefer, men falsely assume that women prefer a heavier, more muscular and larger-chested male physique than women actually want.

‘Realising that one’s partner holds a relatively positive view about one’s body may alleviate some body-image concerns as well as the negative consequences that these concerns may have on the relationship.’

Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at Hertfordshire University, said: ‘Most people are optimists. They like to think they have an attractive partner because it makes them feel better.’

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