Is Beauty in The Eye of The Beholder?

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Beauty in the eye of the beholder elaborates on the idea of different people possessing diverse principles of beauty and that not everyone approves on who is attractive and who is not. Yet beauty is universally defined by a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form that pleases aesthetic senses, especially sight as well as the intellect or moral sense. The evolutionary models of psychology have overturned this idea by explicating that the same standards of beauty are the similar across individuals and cultures. For instance, within the United States, the ethnicities of Eastern Asians, Caucasians and African Americans agree on which faces are more or less beautiful. Cross culturally, there is substantial agreement in the judgment of beauty among Latins, Russians, Brazilians, Hispanics, Cruzans, Indians, and the Chinese. The evolutionary theory also states that we are born with the knowledge of who is beautiful and who is not. Two studies conducted in the mid-1980's independently validated that infants as young as two to three month olds stare longer at the face that adults judge to be more attractive than at a face that adults judge to be less attractive. This study explained that babies tend to stare at objects that they consider to be pleasing, thus, babies favor to look longer at a person they view more attractive.
I think the idea of beauty in the eye of the beholder plays an important role in society of demonstrating that there is more to life than physical attractiveness. I think personality can make or break someone's beauty and that although there is a universal way of defining beauty, not everybody is forced to conform to it and feel the same way as everybody else. Ultimately, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart"(Helen Keller).

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Do you think the idea of beauty being in the eye of the beholder may be getting at the idea that people who are intimate tend to find each other more physically attractive? Does attraction change with relationships? Pictures and links to outside sources would improve this post.

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