Color Personality? I’m trying to recall exactly how this topic came to mind.

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Ah, yes, now I remember. I was playing around with a blog and suddenly asked José what color he associated with me. He said ‘green’ and couldn’t tell me why he thought so. Then I asked Vidya, who said ‘white’. I thought I was a ‘blue’.  And there began my search to find my color and to see the connection with my personality.

What color are you? asked Quizony and off I went to find out. However, I found the questions were slightly culturally off for an Indian. According to them, the answer is ‘pink’ and here’s what it says about me: Your motto is Go, Go, Go! But you also know how to relax and recharge your batteries for the next big thing. You like to work hard, play hard, and nap hard.  Hmmm…really? I don’t think so.

 I tried the Color Quiz  and wasn’t quite satisfied with what they had to say about me either. I know I’m pretty smart at working out these psychometric tests, so I’m not sure I was being completely honest when I did them. Too smart for my own good, it seems!

But as with many things I think about with regard to psychology, I found myself drawn into researching and reading more about the connection between our color and our personality. I found that there are several color theories around and that this has been a subject of interest for a very long time. For the first time I read about studies by Faber Birren, who in 1961 publication, “Creative Colour: A Dynamic Approach for Artists and Designers“,  told us that people associate color with other senses. He wrote, “Good smelling colors are pink, lilac, orchid, cool green, aqua blue,” This association of one sense with another is known as synaesthesia. In another work, “Color Psychology And Color Therapy: A Factual Study Of The Influence Of Color On Human Life“, Birren informed us that emotionally responsive people react to color and introverts tend to be unresponsive to color!

Pyschologists have also researched the effects of colors on moods and behaviour and found that colors might have contradictory effects. So while we might think that green will have a soothing effect – it only does that on walls, etc. When it is used to illuminate the human body, it seems to have a repulsive effect!

Also there is such a thing as chromotherapy – an alternative medicine method, practiced for centuries and across several cultures. I can see that I have plenty of catching up to do on this subject that has just begun to interest me! ;

But let me get back to what I started out with….

 What is your color personality? 

 

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Honestly, I couldn’t quite find mine, so I decided to use this article –  Favorite Color Reveals Personality Type  to find out why I could be thought of as being green, white or blue.

Green  : You are sure to be constant in your ways, persevering, sensible and respectable. You have a good balance.  Aha, now I know why José thought I was green.

White : Is not covered in the article! Vidya, now I know what you think of me!

Blue – the color I thought might be associated with me  seems quite true – except for the part about making money:  You want a serene world and a calm life and you want your affairs to be orderly and neat. An introvert, you are deliberate, introspective, but perhaps not too intellectual. Steady and a hard worker, you will probably be successful and make a lot of money. Though you have a tendency to be egotistical and opinionated, you know how to accept responsibility and obligation. You are sensitive to others and have a secure hold on your emotions.

What color do you associate with your personality? 

This post is written for the letter C for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014. José and I are undertaking the Challenge on our blog, From 7Eight too.

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