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Color Personality?

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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108 Comments

  1. Shail Raghuvanshi Shail Raghuvanshi April 5, 2014

    Hi . I really loved your post…Colors are always inviting and mysterious. Sometimes, I am drawn towards orange, sometimes to red. At other times, it is white or blue….
    Happy Blogging A to Z…
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  2. A Walk into the Woods A Walk into the Woods April 5, 2014

    What an interesting question!! Those who do know me and my quirky email address from the last 5 years, πŸ˜› πŸ˜› and that means YOU, Corinne, would be easyyyyyyyyyyyyy guessing what colour I am. And yes, it’s white white whiiiiiiiiiiite all the way!
    My favourite color is pink, but white is what I am.. everything that stands true for while stands true for me.
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  3. Sheela Sheela April 5, 2014

    After reading your post I did the quiz and found my color “pink…”
    Personally i like blue as it symbolizes clarity…
    Interesting post…
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  4. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg April 5, 2014

    I had tried the quiz from Quizony a few days ago and it revealed my colour to be Pink too! I so agree about the nap hard part! πŸ˜€
    Though my fav colour is Green! πŸ™‚
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  5. Alka Alka April 5, 2014

    I associate you with white and blue. No specific reason though.
    I am different shades at different times. Being a Leo, yellow suits me well. But that is cosmetic. I think it is far more complex. What I know is that I am not fiery red!
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  6. lisa prince lisa prince April 4, 2014

    i have no idea i think every colour is reflected in my personality at some time in my life

  7. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury April 4, 2014

    Very interesting. I must do a quick survey of what color people associate with me. Hmm.

    And as for what I think of you, all I know is I love you. That transcends all colors. As Pratikshya so nicely put it – white is the best compliment πŸ˜‰ an so versatile!

    Great pick for C! β™₯
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 6, 2014

      If being called ‘white’ is a compliment, Vidya paid me one in her comment! πŸ˜‰
      We’re both blue, it seems! πŸ™‚
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  8. PatienceL PatienceL April 4, 2014

    Great post! I enjoyed it very much. I found my color to be pink, but I have to say that everyone have a bit of every color in them. Good luck with the A to Z blogging Challenge. I’m participating too! #theawsomedish
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  9. Dorothy Johnson Dorothy Johnson April 4, 2014

    Good post. I haven’t taken the test, but as I read this I thought that my husband would probably say pink because I’m drawn to various shades of pink and wear it often enough for him to comment on it. I feel good when I wear it and sometimes people compliment me, but whether it describes my personality, I can’t say. Right now I’m into coral for clothes and accents for the same reasons.

  10. Su-sieee! Mac Su-sieee! Mac April 4, 2014

    I enjoyed this post, thank you very much. πŸ™‚ I’m a sucker for the color tests. Since I’m too lazy to analyze myself, I take the tests to find out how I’m doing. They’re usually spot on, especially when I’m honest about my choices.

  11. Loni Townsend Loni Townsend April 3, 2014

    I was going to say Maroon, but that wasn’t on the list, so I went with my second option: Brown. From the Weekly World News link you provided:

    BROWN – You are steady in your ways, persistent and tenacious. Conscientious in all you do, you are also obstinate and more likely to accept than to give. You also tend to be frugal. But you have an ageless quality and never seem to change.

    Though your brain is not lightning quick, you do have the ability to think things through. You assume responsibilities, are shrewd, rational and sensible. You have no time for anything fanciful, but you are very sensuous.

    Not sure if I buy that or not. πŸ˜›
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  12. Ananya Kiran Ananya Kiran April 3, 2014

    Hi,
    Its difficult for me to choose only one color. I really like all of them, never come across the one I don’t !
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  13. Sulekha Sulekha April 3, 2014

    My favorite colors are Lilac, Orange, Black and Red. Sometimes the color of a well-fitting dress becomes my favorite, other times I associate happy memories with a color that was around that day. My most fav is Orange πŸ™‚ Lovely article, will definitely read the hyper-linked posts too.

  14. Cristina Cristina April 3, 2014

    Oooh, I’ll play! So before clicking on the link, my favorite color is purple, followed by a teal? Let’s hope they have it! Ok let me look!

    PURPLE – Two types of people like purple. The first is sensitive, with deep insight, temperamental and creative with meaningful things to do and passionate devotion to them. The second type admires artists, mystics and unique people. This type feels there should be gentility, courtesy and affection everywhere, and no war, disease or poverty.

    TOTALLY me… next up….

    BLUE-GREEN – A fastidious person, you have good taste, dress well and probably are a connoisseur of good food and wine. You are poised and apparently self-controlled though inside you may feel tense. You would perish without love and admiration.

    The woman who likes this hue has a remarkable sense of fashion, is vain, mysterious – and ever charming, with exception appeal to men.

    Definitely more of a purple gal! So fun!
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  15. Shailajav Shailajav April 3, 2014

    In college, I studied Psychology and when we used to do the psychometric tests, I always outwitted the hidden lie-detectors in them πŸ˜‰

    This is a very fascinating post and I am trying to imagine what colour I would be. I am tempted to compare this with the concept of auras and what colours we naturally emit when we pass through different emotional stages in our lives. Coming to you, I think the colour red suits you since it indicates passion, at least in my mind πŸ™‚
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 6, 2014

      Psychometric tests are dangerous that way, Shailaja.
      Thanks for the compliment, but I’m wondering if you’ve come up a color for yourself.
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      • Shailaja V Shailaja V April 6, 2014

        Sigh, no, Corinne. As of now, if you can come up with a colour for pain, I guess that will suit me πŸ˜‰
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  16. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra April 3, 2014

    Quite a colourful post, Corinne! And thought-provoking too! I too believe that colours carry deeper significance than just their sensory appeal. It could also be that the particular colours we may be drawn to at different points in our lives say something about what aspect(s) of our personality are becoming more prominent, or what aspects do we value more at that point in time…By the way, I also read somewhere that Blue is supposed to be the colour signifying spiritual consciousness. So you are right on, girl πŸ™‚
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 6, 2014

      You’re very right, Beloo. There’s a lot more to color than we realize on the surface.
      Thank you for your lovely comment.
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  17. Damaria Senne Damaria Senne April 3, 2014

    I took the Color Quiz you linked and I sounded like a seriously disturbed individual. It says:
    Your Actual Problem

    “Feeling tension and stress brought on by situations which are out of her control, leaves her feeling helpless, anxious, and in adequate. In order to build her self-esteem back up, she looks to others for recognition, respect, and encouragement. This can be a problem since she tends to blame others for her shortcomings. Searching for solutions that are geared toward her needs and self-consciousness.”
    Phew! I know it’s not me, but how the heck did I end up with that assessment? LOL!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 6, 2014

      Haha…I hope you had fun though, Damaria. You certainly aren’t the color you came up with on that quiz! πŸ˜‰
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  18. vishalbheeroo vishalbheeroo April 3, 2014

    A very interesting take on the prompt and gonna test myself. Love the post, Corinne:0

  19. Kathy Kathy April 3, 2014

    I think my “color” has changed as I have aged. I would say I am “red” on most days. Quite thought provoking post! β™₯

  20. Modern Gypsy Modern Gypsy April 3, 2014

    Have you heard of the Luscher color test? The book lays out quite a bit on color theory and also has a color test. I did mine long ago, so don’t remember what color I was, but I remember the results were very accurate for me.

  21. Jayanta Tewari Jayanta Tewari April 3, 2014

    I am always drawn towards color blue, specifically the sky blue shade except for the money making part. Looks like I can still hope for that from the description :-).
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  22. Sheethal Sheethal April 3, 2014

    My fav is black…. and I love blue, yellow, purple and almost evry color ….so which is associated with me…. Clueless! πŸ˜‰
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  23. Rajlakshmi Rajlakshmi April 3, 2014

    I find blue extremely peaceful and relaxing πŸ™‚ and sometimes light yellow too πŸ™‚ wonderful post πŸ˜€
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  24. Sitara Nair Sitara Nair April 3, 2014

    I think i am blue,
    I am so drawn towards the colour and I think colour white can be associated with you for that warm and affectionate smile you have…
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  25. usha menon usha menon April 3, 2014

    Corinne, this is a very sweet post. I also like blue. May be that is the reason that I have several blue dresses. I know people who wear colors according to the day of the week. Monday—White
    Tuesday—Orange
    Wednesday—Green
    Thursday—-Blue
    Friday—-Yellow
    Saturday== Black
    Sunday—–Any color
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  26. Claire Claire April 3, 2014

    Hmm, I must have a think about this. I know what my favourite colour is, though I’m not sure it necessarily expresses me as much as I just like it (it’s purple.) I could say that bright, jewel tones probably express me, I think,but am not sure I could narrow it down further than that… food for thought, thanks!
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  27. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal Inderpreet Kaur Uppal April 3, 2014

    I thought i was blue but the description doesn’t add up. You do seem like a green to me.
    Food for thought here Corinne.
    Incidentally I also posted on color today but a different kind.
    I too will find my color:)
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  28. Monica Deshpande Monica Deshpande April 3, 2014

    I do find that the colours I wear are a good indication of my mental state on the day. That said, I can also now understand why you see so much of Black on the London Tube in winter. πŸ™‚
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  29. SD Neeve SD Neeve April 3, 2014

    Great post! I love earthy, rich colours. But after reading the personality traits associated with them … well, load of rubbish! Then I don’t really think of myself as a colour. However, never will wear red, it makes me feel angry for some reason. Maybe I was a bull in a past life? πŸ˜‰
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  30. Aditi Aditi April 3, 2014

    Now this has got me thinking what color am I?? Lovely post! And I think you are Turquoise – both blue and green! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Lv
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  31. Gauri Gauri April 3, 2014

    You know I was as fascinated with color therapy a few years ago. Part of this is Aura reading. The color of your aura describes you and your personality. Auras change over a period of time, as do you. And people with auras which complement each other generally end up being good friends πŸ™‚
    That said, I found a quiz in Davidoff.com which worked for me πŸ™‚
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