Perception of Beauty

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
Why do we feel pressured to look good? What difference does it actually make? Marie Claire delves into the subject to find the real reason behind why we crave ‘pretty.’
“Poison them, drown them, bash them on the head. Got any chloroform? I don't care how you kill the little beasts. Just do it, and do it now!” barks the wretched Cruella De Vil, one of the most hated women in the history of imaginary evil characters. How did she garner so much hatred – was it only because she was an evil dog-hater? We feel it was necessary for author Dodie Smith to garnish her personality with a good dose of hate symbols – an angered heart, unkempt hair and a haggard face. How could we possibly justify hating a pretty damsel-in-distress even if she can’t do without coats that come from Dalmatian puppies?
Perceptions about good and bad have been played around with since ancient Grecian times. What is interesting about these perceptions is that they are almost always correlated to the way you look. The good girls of the golden, silver and bronze screens have to not only look good, but also have perfect hair and skin. On the contrary, the vamp cannot be a vamp without jarring facial expressions that are further exaggerated by trashy makeup.
Inception
So what are these projections trying to tell us? Are they saying that beautiful is good and ugly is bad? Dr. Rachna Khanna Singh, Lifestyle expert cum Psychologist, Artemis Hospital thinks that this comes from an age old conditioning that is deeply rooted within us. For example, when a mother of a wailing child warns him to stop crying, else the ghost/ devil/ Satan will come and take matters into his own hands, instinctively the child imagines an ugly-scary person. Why? How is an infant able to attribute physical characteristics to something they have only been made to imagine (probably even before they…...

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