Beauty as Power

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Beauty as Power

Looking at beauty as power is important in understanding and appreciating intuitive approaches because it dramatically expands the influences and solutions we see. However, as I mentioned in the A Blue Heron Instructs on Patience, we tend to be prejudiced toward action; therefore, we will often overlook beauty as power because it’s not an active…

Read More

Beauty as Power (Pt 2): Attraction vs. Beauty

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Beauty as Power

My post, “Beauty as Power”, resulted in a commenter questioning, “Is beauty the same as attraction?” The short answer is, “No.” However, elaboration helps us to position beauty better as an attracting force by comparing and contrasting it to other attracting forces. Beauty is just one such force. Many things attract us not just beauty….

Read More

Beauty as Power (Pt 3): Appreciation

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Beauty as Power

My Beauty as Power posts have generated emails regarding teaching what beauty is. Unfortunately, even though beauty is extremely subjective, we’re often taught it in a “one size fits all” perspective. Consequently, we often confuse beauty with popularity. Tossing that aside for the moment, it’s difficult to learn about beauty without learning appreciation. For example,…

Read More

Beauty as Power (Pt 4): Subliminal Influence

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Beauty as Power

Beauty’s power often influences us without our knowledge and thus distorts our decisions. In other words, we think we are making them based upon objective criteria, but we’re not. In order to understand this better, it helps to see beauty beyond something feminine and physical. In the August 27, 2011 issue of The Economist, “The…

Read More

The Defensiveness Beauty Triggers At Work Shows Its Power

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Beauty as Power

We often hear about the jealousies women have for other women who they feel are attractive. While it’s easy to discount this as pettiness, the defensiveness beauty triggers has business implications when it comes to appraising and hiring talent. Defensiveness Beauty Triggers At Work For example, the March 31, 2012 edition of The Economist reports…

Read More

Beauty as Power (Pt 6): Sexual Business Strategy

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Beauty as Power

How we feel about others’ attractiveness influences us. Businesses create sophisticated marketing, advertising and branding strategies often tapping into the sexual energy this attractiveness creates. Yes, we generally know this, but to what depths do we? For example, imagine walking by a storefront window. It’s merchandised to attract our attention, stop us and encourage our…

Read More

Beauty as Power (Pt 7): Lessons from Men’s Movements

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Beauty as Power

How we feel about ourselves influences our decisions, but it also influences how others feel about us. One of the more interesting studies in this area was the one lead by Craig Roberts, who was at the University of Liverpool at the time, as reported in the “The Scent of Man” (The Economist, December 20,…

Read More