how color affects mood
The subtle study of how color affects mood is highly worthwhile, yet largely subjective. Have you seen video footage of Hindu women in their villages? African women? Pacific Islanders? The brightest of reds, yellows, oranges and greens, deep blue hues abound in these images, perhaps suggesting that subtle mood upliftment is part of the role of these women within their traditional cultures. Being at the emotional fulcrum of the family - Mood enrichment and raising is rather important to maintain spiritual and psychological health.
Colorful, tropical flowers may be worn behind an ear - hibiscus in Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and Tonga, all attesting to emotional aspects of attractiveness. And indicating social status and marital standing in the community.
In researching the psychological effects of colour for yourself, find a plastic bowl or a piece of material big enough to take up your visual field, including your peripheral vision.. and immerse yourself in that COLOR. (Yellow is best for this test.)
Because of subtle individual differences, you need to test how color affects mood for you. Let the light in and experience the color like a bathing or immersion, filling your whole consciousness!
Bright YELLOW has a dramatic effect of energizing you with 'happiness' vibes. Perhaps this fact should be taken into account more by psychiatrists treating people for depression, as for most people the effect is very significant. Their mood is lifted by yellow light frequencies!
Mid to light GREEN is relaxing and peaceful. Being in natural vegetation or in a garden should then produce these restful responses in most people. Try the effect on a large, expansive grass lawn, or in a 'green-house.' The colour green also symbolizes luxuriant organic GROWTH.
Mid to deep BLUE instills feelings of trust, expansiveness and confidence in a natural bounty or abundance. This relates to the oceans and their reflection in the sky. Notice this blue effect at the beach or in a pool. Blue is healing and health bringing.
PINK is a comforter. A delicate reminder of pacification and the security of a mother. Often used in baby-nurseries, psychiatric hospitals, and high security prison cells (therapeutic). Calming.
RED invokes feelings of power, (China), fire, alarm, danger and emergency - but there's a large cultural-conditioning component with Red. It is naturally the life blood.
WHITE is for trust, integrity, purity and cleanliness - often adopted for religious symbolism and reflecting the 'wholeness' of God, Energy, 'all-colors,' stars and universal ENERGY.
BLACK depends a lot on the individual and his/her conditioning, but suggests an emptiness of light, (spirit) mistrust, pain, blackout and death with consequent grief and mourning. (Cultural)
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