For years, I've always seen myself as an unattractive guy--not hideously disfigured, but still distastefully built. As if they weren't already strong enough, these feelings of disgust are further propagated by the exemplary icons of beauty in the media, as they provide direct and often distressful contrast with my own looks. Due to my personal as well as environmental perfectionism, I can only see myself as forever unattractive, cursed by not only my genetics but also my society. Yet, for some odd reason, many people have given me comments of the opposite nature, complimenting me on my supposed good looks and features. In a few instances, some very attractive girls have even *dared* to say that I'm cute or hot, and my friends tell me that quite a few girls in my school actually like me. Though I view these remarks in utter disbelief, I still cannot help wondering if my own opinions are flawed and if my beauty is in the eye of all beholders but myself. I'm confused: how can I see myself as ugly when almost everyone around me thinks otherwise? Now, I don't know whether to believe my own intuition or the words of strangers, as the former creates anxiety but also perceived truth while the latter solely consists of misguided optimism. Please help me; any opinions will be highly valued!