Most of us at one time or another have been out and about having a great time, looking good, hanging out with our friends, until someone snaps a picture. And in that picture, you look terrible. Maybe it’s a bad angle, or you haven’t gotten enough sleep, or maybe you’ve had one too many glasses of Cabernet, but whatever your excuse the picture you look at just doesn’t match up with the image of yourself you had in your head. It just doesn’t stack up. We all tend to think better of ourselves then we actually are, physically, mentally, behind the wheel. The reason for this is that we are social animals and we gravitate to others that display confidence. And if you feel good you’re more confident. As a result, we’ve developed a distorted view of ourselves that allows us to project greater confidence in group situations and create closer bonds with others. This article from Scientific American explores the concept in depth. But don’t worry, if you’re feeling down that you don’t actually look like Ryan Gosling, or Scarlett Johansson, console yourself with a laugh, and read more comics.