Dating someone better looking than you

Dr Burriss said the idea echoes the Dr Hook song When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman.

The lyrics advise a man who is outshone by his woman to ‘watch your friends’ as ‘everybody wants her, everybody loves her, everybody wants to take your baby home’.

The study also found we tend to pair up with people whose facial features have a similar level of symmetry – a sign of beauty – to our own.

The Stirling, Chester and Liverpool university researchers took photos of the men and women in more than 100 couples.

Tall with dark hair, piercing green eyes and perfect six-pack abs, he was arguably the most physically attractive man I ever dated.

He knew he was handsome and so did everyone else around us.

In fact, on more than a few occasions, mutual friends of ours commented that they never thought he would go for “a girl like (me)” and noted that I certainly didn’t look like his previous girlfriends.

For someone who already struggled with self-esteem issues, these comments did little to help.

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