Beauty is often defined as the aesthetic quality of certain physical qualities that make these physical qualities enjoyable to see. Such qualities can include beautiful sunsets, landscapes, art and humans. Beauty, along with aesthetic sense, is the most important topic of aesthetics, among the major branches of psychology. It is used in many different ways and by many different people in all parts of the world.
The word beauty itself has several different meanings across different periods in history. It can mean beauty, splendor, genuineness, merit, loveliness and the like. It can also be used in place of beauty, as in the beauty of a work of art, beauty in nature and so on. Beauty is said to be subjective and is dependent on the individual’s point of view. In some ways, beauty can also be a construct, a human-created concept.
In nineteenth century America, an ideology known as idealism came about and started to shape the way we think about beauty. Idealism believes that beauty is a personal concept and that there is no universal beauty. On the other hand, the real beauty is known as real beauty. Real beauty is what exists independent of any ideology or subjective judgment.
In the early twentieth century, another very important movement took shape and was called realism. It was founded on the French intuition that all beauty beliefs formulated by man are nothing but ideas, and that beauty can be objectively measured. This school of thought is sometimes called idealism and it still enjoys a strong following today. However, this school of thought is currently undergoing a rapid decline in popularity.
Modern day beauty beliefs are formulated according to the new understanding that beauty is not determined by anything objective; beauty is a subjective quality. Thus, beauty beliefs formulated in this manner are often referred to as subjective beauty. Beauty then, can be a matter of how you feel inside, what you think about, or your cultural background. Beauty can also depend upon personal possessions such as clothes, cosmetics, jewelry, and fashionable accessories.
Many people believe that beauty can be scientifically measured. There are even some scientists who subscribe to the beauty ideology that everything is composed of elementary particles that are invisible. While this may be true, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and beauty beliefs can vary from person to person. Scientists who subscribe to this ideology do not claim to have a definitive answer as to beauty, but instead, they merely claim to know beauty when they see it.
As a whole, beauty beliefs can be confusing and many times are subject to change. Most beauty ideologies begin with some sort of universal beauty archetype that is used as the starting point for all other ideals. The beauty ideology typically varies in its scope and ideas concerning beauty can be found in many different cultures.
Beauty beliefs vary among people, as does beauty itself. Some people may believe that beauty is only skin-deep while others may look deeper and define beauty as a mental state that is independent of physical appearance. Beauty ideologies can be traced back to ancient societies that believed that beauty was a vital part of societal achievement and importance. Beauty may even be a necessary aspect of life in the most extreme forms of beauty beliefs.
For some, beauty beliefs are more about determining what makes a person beautiful. While beauty beliefs may differ among different cultures and societies, beauty may be a factor when judging a person’s worth, abilities, and accomplishments. People often base these beauty beliefs on stereotypes and ideals that are held by many other nations and civilizations. Beauty beliefs may range from beauty being equated with money or status, beauty being equated with a young age or the ability to bear children, beauty being equated with beauty or young adolescence, and beauty being equated with a specific physical trait.
Beauty ideologies have been used to support many societal roles including beauty in politics, education, economics, and law. These ideologies were popular throughout Europe in the Renaissance and were especially influential during the witch hunts of the time. Beauty ideology also became very influential during the rise of European Romanticism in the 19th century. All across Europe and the rest of the world, people were beginning to identify themselves based on how they perceived beauty. Beauty ideologies were used to justify prejudice and violence towards women.
Beauty beliefs can lead to horrible behaviors and harmful beliefs. For example, beauty beliefs can lead to violence against women because some beauty beliefs claim that a woman who is young and beautiful is dangerous and should not be around children. Another example of beauty ideology is the belief that those who have straight hair are wealthy and successful. With all beauty ideologies, beauty is a concept that is not based on anything scientific. Beauty is subjective and beauty beliefs are not based on any factual information.