A 'hideous' characteristic frequently witnessed in the men interviewed in "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men". It appears in varying forms across the Brief Interviews series, however is most clearly seen in interviews #14, #36, and #42. Low self-esteem is often exhibited in the way the men express shame or embarrassment in regards to various features of their life. It is typically viewed as a reason or means of justifying behavior. The man in Brief Interview #36 explicitly mentions his issues with self esteem on pages 33 and 34. Low self-esteem can be considered one of the hideous qualities that drive many of the men in "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men", and can also be experienced in relation to issues of Self-Consciousness, vanity, pity, violence, and as a product of parenting.