The More Attractive a Man Thinks He is, The More Desirable He Thinks He is

C. Price

Written by: C. Price

C. Price

C. Price is part of's content team. She writes advice articles, how-to guides, and studies — all relating to dating, relationships, love, sex, and more.

Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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How does confidence affect a man’s dating life compared to appearance?

A study by the University of Texas at Austin found the more attractive a man thinks he is, the more women he thinks want to sleep with him, regardless of whether he actually looks as good as he thinks.

Conversely, women seem to have a better sense of their looks. Researchers found attractive women knew they were attractive and less attractive women knew they were less attractive.


“The more attractive a man thinks he is, the

more women he thinks want to sleep with him.”

In the study, researchers focused on what is called “misperception of sexual interest” and looked at the ways men perceived both their own attractiveness and their desirability to women.

The study recruited 96 men and 103 women, all of whom:

  • Rated their own attractiveness
  • Rated the opposite-sex participants’ attractiveness
  • Reported which opposite-sex participants wanted to sleep with them

Researchers discovered unattractive men often think they’re more attractive and more desirable than women consider them to be. However, attractive men often think they’re less attractive and less desirable.

Interestingly enough, the more attractive a woman is, the more likely a man thinks she wants to sleep with him.

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