“Dove Real Beauty Sketches,” is a YouTube video posted by Dove earlier this year, that was watched by millions of viewers and spread all over the social network services. The video was a successful campaign, which conveyed the message that “you are more beautiful than you think.” The video is about a group of women who are asked to describe how they look to a forensic artist. The forensic artist sits on the other side of the room and a curtain separated the artist and the women. He draws the women, solely based on the verbal description. Then, a stranger also describes the women to the artist. The women were shown both pictures and surprisingly, the picture based on the stranger’s verbal description is more beautiful than the one she described.
This video is not quite true—based on the study of Nicholas Epley from University of Chicago and Erin Whitchurch from the university of Virginia. The researcher took the picture of study participants and modified the picture to look more appealing. Then the researcher asked the participants to identify the unmodified picture, and most participants chose the modified picture (more appealing looking one). Moreover, the study participants were asked to pick unmodified version of a stranger whom they have seen few weeks earlier, and they tend to pick the unmodified, less-than-perfect original.
This study describes a phenomenon called “self-enhancement.” People do think they are better than the average and tend to overestimate themselves in everything. The Scientific American states:
For example, 93 percent of drivers rate themselves as better than the median driver. Of college professors, 94 percent say that they do above-average work. People are unrealistically optimistic about their own health risks compared with those of other people. For example, people think that they are less susceptible to the flu than others. Stock pickers think the stocks they buy are more likely to end up winners than those of the average investor. If you think that self-enhancement biases exist in other people and they do not apply to you, you are not alone.” –Scientific American
This study describes the nature of human being: we tend to put ourselves higher than other because we are all sinners. But we know that the Bible tells us to be humble ourselves and glorify God’s name–being a resemblance of Jesus Christ who was humble, modest, and gentle.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” –Philippians 2:3
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”—James 4:10
We must remember that being humble is the true greatness! We must resemble Jesus Christ, who was humble before God and submitted himself to God—He glorified his Father God, instead of taking the glory. Jesus had showed us that if we humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, that there is nothing in all of creation that can touch us, defeat us, or steal from us. Jesus has won the victory on the Cross!