Beauty is often described as an outward indicator of how much enjoyment a person gets from objects. This means that beauty is subjective, meaning that it is up to the viewer or the person viewing the object to determine how beautiful it is. Beauty can be found in many aspects of human life, for example beauty can be found in nature, in art, architecture, literature and film. In fact, beauty is so closely associated with human psychology that one can consider beauty to be a subset of psychology.
Beauty has been described in many different ways by different philosophers throughout the history of beauty. For example, Descartes argued that beauty is the aesthetic faculty that one feels when confronted with a body part that he considers beautiful or attractive. This article briefly discusses the many different conceptions of beauty throughout the history of the twentieth century.
For the majority of people in the Western world, beauty is typically defined as the pleasing appearance of things. Beauty can be considered to be anywhere that something looks good to a beholder. For example, a white ball of fat lying on the sofa would be considered to be unsightly, whereas a perfectly symmetrical round lump of jogging-burned skin would be beautiful. Beauty is most often associated with the human face. This is because the most fundamental definition of beauty is that it is the view of another human being to be beautiful.
The basis of beauty in this broad sense is the desire of a beholder to have a physical body that is healthy and well-developed. In this way, beauty can be judged from the physical state of a body or the shape it displays. However, beauty can also be subjective. Subjective beauty has been shown to be more emotional in nature than objective beauty.
Many psychologists believe that beauty is related to how much one feels threatened by others. If a person does not feel beautiful, then they are less likely to take their appearance seriously. This then leads to a lack of self-confidence, which is another fundamental definition of beauty. Beauty is therefore most often found amongst those who feel threatened by others, or in whom beauty is a constant struggle.
There are many aspects to beauty standards. These include physical appearance, age, personality and hair and skin standards. Some are more important for certain groups of people than others. Age and hair standards are particularly important for older people, while skin and hair standards are important for all. Skin and hair standards may also be affected by societal views about beauty. Beauty maintenance is therefore a complex area of study that encompasses both personal beauty standards and those of beauty maintenance.