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Colors in Psychology

Author: Anja Heij

"Personality is a mask you believe in."

Dr. White


If you wish to accomplish change through color then
it makes sense to first take a look at your own reactions
on colors.
First choose your favorite color(s) from the color fields below,
next pick out the color(s) you dislike from the second color fields,
and finally analyze their meanings by reading the regarding text.
If your favorite color is not mentioned below, simply consider
of what components it exists (example: dark red, a combination
of red and black) and combine the meanings of the separate colors.
Your preferences and aversions for colors usually change in accordance
with phases in your life.



Another way of working with these colors is doing
a divination. Make simple paper squares and write the names
of the colors below on them, or color them appropriately. Turn
them around and shuffle your little cards. Pick out three cards;
the first one represents your path (the road your life takes now);
the second card expresses your goal (what you wish to achieve);
and the last one will reveal the reason (what are the deeper reasons
behind your actions). Use the descriptions in the first color fields
(the preferences) for the meanings. This is a simple divination,
but you'll find out that it works pretty well.



A preference for certain colors can point
at two things:



  • self-expression (you choose the colors which match your personality;
    for instance green for a lover of harmony and nature)

  • completion (you choose the colors you need more of; for instance
    an active, passionate person chooses blue colors to cool down
    his nature).












































White

White points at innocence, purity, virginity, cleanliness,
freshness, simplicity, nothingness, oneness and completion,
truth. In certain cultures white is the color of death and
mourning.
Yellow

The color of the sun, life-force, vividity, vitality and
energy. The color of cheerfulness, curiosity, alternation,
flexibility, progress, amusement, contact through traveling
and communication, learning and practical knowledge. A feeling
for writing and speaking.

Orange

Orange represents the
warmth of the fire. It brings even more energy than yellow,
celebration and great abundance, comfort, enjoyment of
the senses. Warm, sociable, dynamic and independent people
who dedicate themselves to whatever they do.


Red

Red is associated with passionate love, sex, great energy,
impulse, action and stimulation, assertivity and aggression,
courage, strength and power, adventure, danger, warnings,
revolt and revolution. Temperamental and ambitious people
with a need for personal freedom.


Magenta

Much energy and activity focused on achieving power and
self-realization. Strong but controlled passions and emotions.
Daring, ready to fight, willing to give everything for
a goal. Can drive things too far and have fixed ideas.




Pink

Regarded as a feminine color. Pink symbolizes softness,
sweetness, innocence, youthfulness and tenderness. Soft
and kind people.




Green

Green brings peace, rest, hope, comfort and nurturing,
calmness and harmony. Interest in nature, plants, fellowmen,
children and animals, health and healing, natural and
plain life. Longing for a safe home and family-life. A
dislike of conflicts.


Turquoise

Just like the wide turquoise sea you don't want to feel
restricted and you don't immediately bring to the surface
what goes on in you; emotions can remain hidden. A color
for non-triviality, renewal, innovation and inventions,
progressive technics, alternative ways of living together,
humanity.
Blue

A spacy color, cool and soothing, dreamy and magical. Peace
and rest. Caution. For people who keep a certain distance,
but give calm and practical help; they are faithful and
loyal, have a sense for order, logic and rational thinking.
Flying in day-dreaming, ideals or nostalgia when felt misunderstood.
Dark blue is more severe and can be melancholic. Blue is
also the color of truth - and of death.


Purple / violet

Colors for meditation, contemplation, mysticism, spirituality
and religion power. A longing to ascend and dissolve polarities
(purple consists of the active red and passive blue),
to improve the world. Reservation, mystery and dignity.
Soft, sensitive people with often paranormal abilities.
Possible willingness to sacrifice him/herself. Melancholy
and depressions, mourning.



Brown

An earthly color for practical people with a preference
for natural, tribal and primitive things, solidity and
simplicity. Brown can be warm and cosy but also depressing.
Family-life persons, stable people, loyal friends.


Grey

Very neutral and indifferent,
non-expressive. It can be deliberate, but also lifeless,
fixed, depressed and apathic. Reserved, cool people; unwilling
to expose themselves or to have obligations. Grey can be
refined and tactful.


Black

Symbolizes seriousness, darkness, depression, death,
mourning, mystery, secrecy, occultism, a standing apart
from or revolting against triviality, provocation, underground,
underworld, things that have to remain hidden, nothingness
as the great source of all creation, the need to keep
your energy with you. Black is a color for extremes,
everything and nothing. People who foremost trust themselves.






 



An aversion against certain colors gives information as
well. Possible explanations are:












































White

Is foremost or solely interested in 'realistic' and tangible
things, not in illusions or things that are beyond seeing
or understanding. Knows and accepts the own imperfection
and does not wish to achieve perfection.
Yellow

There can be emotional disappointment and bitterness about
contacts. Tendency to rationalize feelings, or to avoid
the depth of life by often changing relationships, many
superficial relationships and/or constant changing activities.

Orange

Can point at suppressed sexual feelings or other difficulties
with sensual enjoyment of life. The attitude can also
be over-sensual, indulgent, or too materialistic.


Red

Being over-active, too impulsive, hot-tempered, aggressive
and egocentric, or having difficulties with people with
such characteristics. It can also symbolize deeply hidden
fears and rejection of your own assertivity


Magenta

Feeling overwhelmed by people with strong convictions
or heavy emotions like jealousy. Difficulties with exposing
your deep emotions.




Pink

Difficulties with having or showing your soft, tender,
female side.




Green

More interested in independence and self-development than
in a warm family-life. Keeping a certain distance in (sexual)
relationships.


Turquoise

Looking for solidity and security in society, especially
in marriage. Afraid to think originally or to walk new paths.

Blue

Very disciplined, strong career workers with an aversion
of commentary or restriction. They have pointed out a
clear direction for their lives and want to follow that
laser like .




Purple/violet

Very serious attitude towards life; it is difficult to
give dreams, fantasies, vague fears or memories a place
in it. Rejection of everything regarded as unnatural or
unrealistic .



Brown

Aversion against normal, boring, trivial life. Not feeling
connected with his roots (home-land, family, etc). Unstability
in health and attitude. .


Grey

Prefers to be straight to the point, no time for political
and tactical attitudes. Demands clarity, a knowing where
one stands.


Black

This often points at fear for the unknown, or fear for
the abuse of power. Desires to become free from all
kinds of dependency, blockages, hindrances; to throw
off shackles. .





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