Ideal Body Proportions & Ratios in Relationship to Attractiveness
By Joshua Leaf
Written by Joshua Leaf | Updated on October 16, 2021
Have you ever wanted to know how you’d look next to a celebrity like Shaq O’Neal or Yao Ming? Or maybe you just want to compare yourself to the average person’s height in Denmark or China….
Regardless of who you want to see yourself next to, simply put in one height and then another to calculate and visualize the difference in height!
Please note that you can compare different countries’ average heights using the dropdowns, but you may also ignore the country section and enter any number or height you’d like to compare.
Comparing yourself to others can be a beneficial tool to help you have a broad point of reference, improve your abilities and even motivate you in some cases. But if you’re not careful, the comparing game can be a slippery slope that leads to feelings of inferiority.
Let’s dig a little deeper.
Most people will say that comparing yourself to others is self-destructive, but have you ever been inspired by someone better, faster, stronger, or more intelligent than you?
Or have you ever had feelings of gratitude when comparing yourself to someone less fortunate than you? Or maybe you’ve had a friendly competition in school, video games, or sports that truly helped motivate you?
Comparisons aren’t necessarily evil per se, but they must be done constructively. If you’re going to compare yourself to another, it’s far more important when and how you compare yourself than the act itself.
On the flip side of the coin, if we compare ourselves to others to the extent where it is intrusive to our well-being, then the comparison’s become a self-perpetuating problem.
This constant comparison leads some people to blame their height or other features for every one of their downfalls. When in reality, personal perception probably has a more significant role than any physical feature when it comes to one’s ability to achieve a goal – just as Dr Maltz says in Psycho-Cybernetics.
We’ve all seen that not-so-attractive, or shorter person who is undeniably confident in themselves and has a high level of self-love. Despite what social norms or stereotypes might say, these types of people don’t let comparisons tear them down.
Although we live in a world where we preach body positivity, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok have brought forth a culture of comparison and personal ridicule like we’ve never seen before. We’re not just comparing ourselves more, but we are now comparing ourselves next to the tallest, strongest, and most beautiful people in the world.
If you experience unworthiness or dissatisfaction, then your perspective and outlook might ultimately be the problem.
As with many tools, comparison can be used in several different ways. A hammer, for instance, can both pound a nail into wood and remove the same nail by simply using the other side.
Our perspectives can be viewed in a similar light. The next time you see someone doing better than you, taller than you, or anything else, just flip the tool or narrative.
Rather than saying, “That person is so much better than me, I should give up because I’ll never get there,” say, “Wow, that person is a master at their craft. I wonder what I can learn from their journey and if that can help improve my skills?”.
If someone is taller, it’s a bit more challenging to stay optimistic since taller men are generally found more attractive, more likely to succeed, and have more opportunities, but that shouldn’t stop you from being the best version of yourself. Everyone in life was born with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Which goes to say, find your strengths and double down on them. Improve where you can and even change your perspective if possible.
If all else fails, height surgery is an option to become taller, which more and more are considering every year. Leg lengthening surgery isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve tried everything else and are still comparing yourself in an unhealthy way, then it may be something worth looking into.
As always, do your research to prioritize your health and safety above all else.