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Dressing the Self: The Relationship between Self Satisfaction and the Physical Display of Self




Huang, Yi-Han

Type of Degree



Communication and Journalism


This study was conducted as an attempt to discuss how important some elements of body modifications and supplements are as compared to the comfort level with one’s appearance. This study also looks at what relationships are more important than others when presenting these elements. The results show a significant relationship between the degree of comfort with appearance and the physical display of self in most of the time. However, there is no significant relationship between degree of comfort with appearance and the agreement that fragrances reflect personality. It seems like fragrances are still primarily used for sexual attraction rather than self expression. The results also show that significant others and opposite-sex friends are more important than same-sex friends and family when one presenting these elements of self. It seems like sexual attraction is still an important factor in one’s presentation of self. Suggestions for future research in this area are presented.