Originally Posted by BillyTheAdult
But what were their actual beliefs beneath that. Also maybe because they were insecure it led them to cultivate good looks over a period of years as compensation and now they have an eye for beauty.
I don't think you are taking this comment in entirely the way I mean it, but I do probably somewhat mean it the way you seem to be taking it.
I mean if you take two reasonably attractive girls, about even, from a young age, like 10, and one of them is very concerned with looks, and the other more with say book smarts. Which of them do you think will be better looking by the age of 25, and will that have been because of natural beauty, or from the cultivation of beauty? It's just like you said So to me it's all about not only what you do with it but for how long. Mental beliefs surely manifest themselves physically, so by being concerned with looks you actually become physically better looking.
Interesting. To what extent do you think that's self-selecting? By the time we're teenagers, we basically know whether or not we fit beauty ideals. So maybe the people who see no hope in that area turn to other things, while the people who do focus on it.