Physical Beauty and Its Relationship With Aging
Beauty is often defined as a particular physical trait or aspect of objects which makes these objects pleasant to see. These objects may include sunsets, landscapes, art and humans. Beauty, along with aesthetic art, is the most significant theme of aesthetics, one of, if not the major branches of science. Thus, it is no wonder that we often find ourselves attracted to beautiful objects, whether in person or online. It is like an addiction, and we cannot do without them.
The physical aspect of beauty is described by the five basic physical factors: height, weight, symmetry, and smoothness. Physical beauty is what makes us attracted to someone, which makes us want to touch and examine things with our hands. We are also drawn to symmetrical appearances, because they are considered to be psychologically attractive. Symmetry can also be defined as the equal proportion of opposite elements. The former can be considered to be beauty in the visual sense, but is not so much related to the physical body as to the proportions of facial features. Asymmetry, on the other hand, relates only to the proportion of the elements within the physical body.
It is undeniable that the most attractive physical trait is symmetry. It is also the defining feature of beauty, since it is a natural and universal quality. In fact, all the physical traits of beauty have a symmetrical basis, making the face, the body and even the hands and feet symmetrical. However, it may sometimes happen that an object possesses more than two similar sides but lacks one or more important aspects that define beauty. In such cases, beauty is defined by the balance between the asymmetrical aspects.
To sum it up, beauty is a subjective state, which depends on the person who is viewing the beauty in question. For example, the physically beautiful people may find it hard to smile or look at someone else’s face while the unattractive people will never think twice about these things. However, the idea of beauty is relative, since beauty is subjective for each and every person. Thus, symmetry is a very important aspect of beauty, since it makes an object beautiful from the point of view of its viewers.
An interesting study shows that the facial symmetry in the Rottweilers greatly improves their personality traits such as sociability, trust, affection and leadership. Similarly, researchers have found that the facial symmetry between the Portuguese Water dogs and the Chinese Shar Pei increases their socialization and makes them better companions. Facial asymmetry, however, is a more complicated aspect of canine beauty and it involves the determination of factors such as breed, grooming, color and coat, as well as the genetic disposition towards the trait. Researchers have found that the breeders of Portuguese Water Dogs highly inbred the dogs with highly muscular physiques, including the long-faced and the double-headed dogs.
It seems that there is no age limit for getting beautiful. Be it a child or an adult, even babies can be perceived as beautiful when they are sporting a beautifully manicured coat or sporting a well-carved bone. In fact, studies have also shown that older people who suffer from chronic psoriasis are more likely to develop a physically attractive personality as they age. The study also revealed that the physical appearance of an old person who is suffering from chronic psoriasis is often reflective of his or her personality and not the other way around.