Beauty In Asia
The word beauty is typically defined as an internal attribute of things which makes these things enjoyable to perceive. These things may be physical things such as landscapes, beautiful sunsets and beautiful humans, or non-physical attributes such as creativity and artistic expression. However, these attributes do not pertain to the external world alone; beauty also encompasses the psychological and emotional realm. Such psychological and emotional attributes include emotions of pleasure and pain, desire and motivation, as well as appreciation and liking.
Beauty, with aesthetics and art, is perhaps the most significant area of psychology, arguably the most important part of all the sciences. The field of aesthetics was a long-time one, having first been identified in the thirteenth century by Leonardo da Vinci. In recent years aesthetic beauty has experienced something of a renaissance, with many new tools and concepts being introduced as a result of modern technology. One of the most prominent areas of study in aesthetic psychology is the idea of face, especially its facial appearance. Historically, the concept of beauty has been linked closely to the culture of the day, with Eastern societies viewing beautiful faces as those which are devoid of defects, disfigurement or lines. With Western society looking down upon unattractive faces with distain and disgust, Eastern society has often viewed beautiful faces not as signs of beauty, but as markers of beauty.
The concept of beauty was also closely tied to the concept of death and illness, with Eastern cultures often viewing physical illness as an indication of beauty and longevity. For many years, Eastern medicine was defined by the concept of an ideal face, which was the amalgamation of bodily traits that were thought to be a combination of mind, soul, body and spirit. As beauty became more defined as an aspect of life, the definition of beauty itself began to change, with traditional ideas beginning to fade away as new ones replaced them. Cosmetics had a major role in this shift as they helped people define their own beauty, something which had previously been a matter for the imagination. Today, cosmetics products range from being very natural, with all natural ingredients, right through to being very glamorous and very expensive.