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Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder

Updated: Jun 5, 2022

Everyone would probably agree that beauty is in the eye of the beholder as the old saying goes, right? It doesn’t matter whether you’re both looking at a interesting landscape, person or work of art. But why? I believe it has to do with how our brain processes what we see and feel. Do you remember hearing about the Rorschach ink blots that first were used as a test of personality in 1939? Let’s use those inkblots as an example. They were used as a personality test because everyone that looked at the same image interpreted it in a different way and in turn brought to light a hidden aspect of their personality depending on what they saw. I recently found an article on talking about the inkblots and how your brain processes it.

“It reveals that looking at the Rorschach inkblots while thinking of what they might be activates areas of the brain that are implicated in the perception and processing of emotions and emotional memories… as such our study indirectly provide support to the idea that the Rorschach may be used to investigate the respondents ability and willingness to focus on, talk about, and/or deal with emotionally loaded stimuli, contents and /or memories.”

I personally don’t think it matters whether you are looking at a Rorschach ink blot or any other abstract work of art. I’m convinced that your brain is still processing the information in the same way. It draws from your personal experiences, memories and emotions in order to process what you were looking at in the moment. I believe that this is what makes art such a magical experience for people who truly appreciate it and understand how to use it. So when you first look at each work of art in this book I encourage you to block out everyones opinion but your own.


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