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Always Appreciative of Art’s Beauty: The Trait of Engagement with Artistic Beauty

  • Rhett DiessnerEmail author
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Abstract

The trait of Engagement with Artistic Beauty (EaB) leads us to notice, and engage with, the beauty of anything that has been designed. The higher the level of EaB the more one loves all humanity; and also loves their friends, family, and romantic partners more. Trait EaB predicts identifying with all humanity more than with one’s nation (i.e., less nationalistic). EaB may also make us better human beings because it is positively related to gratitude, spiritual transcendence, and awe; and negatively to materialism. EaB is also positively associated to Haidt’s caring and fairness moral foundations. EaB may make us smarter through increasing our openness to experience. EaB is highly associated with valuing Universalism, Benevolence, and Spirituality. Hegel thought “that artistic beauty stands higher than nature [beauty].” EaB is related to Maslow’s self-actualization. Unsurprisingly, artists (painters) have much higher EaB scores than people who do not consider themselves artists. Surprisingly, artists are significantly happier than non-artists. Although it is a small, but significant, difference that women consistently score higher than men on EaB (and on EnB and EmB). The higher a senior’s trait of Openness and Aesthetics, the less likely they will be diagnosed with dementia.

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  1. 1.Lewis-Clark State CollegeLewistonUSA

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