Self-Serving Bias


This example was new to me:
In a report titled “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Enhancement in Self-Recognition,” which appears online in The Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Nicholas Epley and Erin Whitchurch described experiments in which people were asked to identify pictures of themselves amid a lineup of distracter faces. Participants identified their personal portraits significantly quicker when their faces were computer enhanced to be 20 percent more attractive. They were also likelier, when presented with images of themselves made prettier, homelier or left untouched, to call the enhanced image their genuine, unairbrushed face. Such internalized photoshoppery is not simply the result of an all-purpose preference for prettiness: when asked to identify images of strangers in subsequent rounds of testing, participants were best at spotting the unenhanced faces.
That's from an article in the New York Times about mirrors, which has lots of interesting bits. (Pointer)


In a pub, I once met a woman who was visiting this city. We had a very nice conversation; among other things she told me she was married and had a child. Husband and child were at home, though. She suggested that we meet again in the same pub the next day, and I agreed. She didn't come. I took that as a great compliment.

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