Birmingham, United Kingdom

Aesthetic Beauty Practitioner

Language: English Studies in English
Kind of studies: full-time studies
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Foundation of Arts (FdA)
Beauty is a characteristic of an animal, idea, object, person or place that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction. Beauty is studied as part of aesthetics, culture, social psychology, philosophy and sociology. An "ideal beauty" is an entity which is admired, or possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture, for perfection.
A practitioner is someone who is qualified to or registered to practice a particular occupation, profession, or religion. Practitioners who are in a particular area may be referred to as a specialist or advanced practitioner. The medical and social care professions use these titles to distinguish the level of qualifications, competency, and training a practitioner undertakes.
Yet beauty, tho' injurious, hath strange power,
After offence returning, to regain
Love once possess'd.
John Milton, Samson Agonistes (1671), line 1003.
And ladies of the Hesperides, that seemed
Fairer than feign'd of old.
John Milton, Paradise Regained (1671), Book II, line 357.
These experiences are not 'religious' in the ordinary sense. They are natural, and can be studied naturally. They are not 'ineffable' in the sense the sense of incommunicable by language. Maslow also came to believe that they are far commoner than one might expect, that many people tend to suppress them, to ignore them, and certain people seem actually afraid of them, as if they were somehow feminine, illogical, dangerous. 'One sees such attitudes more often in engineers, in mathematicians, in analytic philosophers, in book keepers and accountants, and generally in obsessional people'. The peak experience tends to be a kind of bubbling-over of delight, a moment of pure happiness. 'For instance, a young mother scurrying around her kitchen and getting breakfast for her husband and young children. The sun was streaming in, the children clean and nicely dressed, were chattering as they ate. The husband was casually playing with the children: but as she looked at them she was suddenly so overwhelmed with their beauty and her great love for them, and her feeling of good fortune, that she went into a peak experience . . .
Colin Wilson in New Pathways In Psychology, p. 17 (1972)
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