Aesthetic Needs

Definition: Aesthetic Need is any need or desire that isn’t necessarily physical but can nonetheless be fulfilled by the mind. The aesthetic need is a term thrown around in contemporary psychology – especially in terms of how people feel about others. It encompasses various feelings such as curiosity, enjoyment, pleasure, tranquility, and awe. These experiences can be found in things from art to literature and even everyday life if one has the opportunity to reflect on them.

Aesthetic needs are very different from physical needs. Physical needs are those that we feel within our bodies, such as hunger and thirst, hunger for air and water, etc. The anesthetic need is related to communication within the self. The need to perceive beauty within oneself or other people is the core motivation behind the art. Physical needs may be created by physical activity, which results in the production of physical energy; aesthetic needs, on the contrary, do not result from physical activity but can be created by introspection.

This need is seasoned with a desire to focus. To find beauty in everything around. The underlying motive is the exploration of the beauty of nature. The individual may experience this need within themselves at times to clear their mind of negativity or as a means to develop their artistic abilities further. This perceiving of the world around us and the resulting need for aesthetic appreciation can develop quite quickly, especially among children.

This need is centered around looking at the world through a different lens. It is the observing, understanding, and interpreting of differences. There’s no right way to embody aesthetic needs. Each person is unique. How you decide to express your aesthetic needs will be based on your style, which will inform how it changes throughout life. It is also influenced by societal standards, as certain things are considered “cool” or “ugly,” depending on the culture you come from.

Aesthetic Needs have three subtypes: sensory, emotional, and intellectual. 

  • Sensory Aesthetic Needs focus on the physical aspects of beauty, such as seeing, hearing, tasting, and touching physical stimuli. 
  • Emotional Aesthetic Needs to focus on how an experience can affect you emotionally.
  • Intellectual Aesthetic Needs revolve around questions you can ask yourself, such as What does this have to do with?

The aesthetic need is very personal and very demanding. It is a need to feel good about yourself and to appreciate the good things in life. It doesn’t matter if it’s money, status, or health – if someone feels good about themselves, they will not be as motivated to do anything to improve themselves.

The aesthetic need can be triggered by a stimulus such as visual or audio elements that stimulate visual memories in mind. The aesthetic memory can be used to discover new information or refresh our memories with old information. People with visual memory problems often find it hard to recognize faces or recognize a familiar face. Such problems are common in the elderly and typically resolve themselves when the person lives independently. Those with aesthetic deficits may benefit from treatment that helps restore their natural ability to detect colors, develop a visual memory for particular scenes, or recognize patterns in images.