The Psychological Definition of Beauty
Beauty is defined as the subjective feeling or state of an object, a person, a landscape or a work of art that gives the person who beholds it pleasure. Beauty is most commonly defined as a personal characteristic of things that makes these things pleasant to see. These things could be nature, human beings, sunsets and beautiful works of art. Beauty, along with beauty and art, is the most important theme of aesthetics, among the various branches of modern philosophy. Philosophy in general makes use of beauty in order to explain how and why we experience the world around us.
The major functions of the human brain are to interpret information, process it into behavior and decide which behavior will follow on the basis of that interpretation. It is therefore evident that the major part of human brains is dedicated to the study of beauty, in all its forms. It has long been speculated that beauty encompasses every human body part, since every part of the human body serves to a certain purpose in the process of our reproduction. It also includes those parts that help support the human body and are generally present in higher animals like fish and mammals, as they are specialized for this purpose.
Beauty is however not a single concept, but instead a collection of universal, complex and interpersonal conventions that vary from culture to culture. It has long been considered abnormal or repulsive by some cultures, and even by most, since our society puts great emphasis on the appearance of a person, often basing these judgments on physical appearance. Beauty therefore is subjective, and it varies from one person to another, although the overall impression remains the same. Beauty therefore is more than just the subjective opinion of others, it is a means of evaluating a situation and evaluating one’s own behavior based on how one feels about oneself.