What is your favourite colour?

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What is your favourite colour? Have you ever stopped to think about what the answer to this question says about you?
The colours are present in our everyday life so intensely and natural at the same time, that hardly stopped for analyses them in more detail.

 

It is believed that colours can reflect not only the person’s personality, but also your mental state, externalizing feelings and sensations. Currently many studies are being developed in this area, so far can already be proven that colours can influence our feelings in many ways, but we know very little about how strong these influence can be.

Each colour has a different meaning and can symbolize many different things. We will see now in details, according with some researches in the psychology field, what some of the colours more present in our lives may represent.

 

 

Red Blood Cells - Picture by Jon McGovern via https://flic.kr/p/5FgBMF  Red is known as the colour of love, and is always associated with situations involving emotion, sensuality, romance and danger. This is known as one of the strongest colours and is believed to be ideal for exercise, because it stimulates the heartbeat and breathing, increases muscle tone and blood pressure. By stimulating the adrenal gland and neurons, red can also influence situations that requires concentration and quick thinking. Red is also associated with violence, the colour can cause a heightened state of irritability and stimulate aggression.

 

 

 

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The yellow colour is probably the”happiest” of all – who does not feel good when receives a smile on a message? Research shows that yellow is able to release serotonin in the brain, which is a substance responsible for the feeling of happiness . Nevertheless, prolonged exposure to this colour may cause irritability. Studies indicate that yellow stimulate concentration and creativity, keeping the nervous system on alert. The colour promotes increased blood pressure, besides accelerate the pulse and respiration. In general, yellow causes a feeling of extreme well being.

 

If you’re looking for a burst of creativity, blue is your colour. This colour has a significant effect on the mind, stimulating mental activity and concentration. Surveys also show that blue can inhibit appetite – can you think of any naturally blue food? – So eat in a kitchen with walls painted blue might be a facilitator for those who wish to lose a few pounds. Moreover, the blue may also have calming effects, it is believed that the colour is capable of produce some calming chemicals in the brain. For this reason, blue is often associated with peace and tranquillity, being used in environments such as hospitals and doctors office. It is also believed that the colour decreases cardiac rhythm and breathing.

Walter White, the main character in the TV show Braking Bad used to wear all black when he was playing Heisenberg, a dangerous drug dealer.

 

Some say that black is the colour of success! It is an aggressive colour, which gives a certain sense of power and dominance. Always associated with the attitudes of clarity and sophistication, black leaves no room for fine errors – in the fashion world the “little black dress” is considered foolproof. Black is also considered to be a threatening colour, by definition black is the absence of light, which may be the reason for the fear that some people have of the dark.

The violet is the last visible wavelength before the ultra violet rays and are therefore often associated with time and space. The violet (or purple) is considered the colour of royalty, being an indicator of wealth and sophistication. It is believed that the colour purple is capable of pursuing spiritual and inner thoughts stimulating activities such as meditation. In addition, some research indicates that purple can also be used as a sexual stimulant.

 

 

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White is associated with purity and lightness. White rooms usually give a sense of peace, space and tranquillity to people and it is also an indicator of purity – doctors and nurses tend to wear white as a sign of sterility. Research indicates that patients at high index of stress and agitation behave more calmly in white rooms. White is also associated with the idea of renewal – it is possible to realize it in expressions like “start with a white sheet.” Generally, the white tends to foster a feeling of comfort and peace.

 

 

 

Green is the colour of nature and it is extremely present in our everyday life. Research shows that green has a soothing effect on the eyes –  the opposite of yellow, which causes some irritation. Studies show that people who work in green offices are more satisfied with their jobs , as well as people tend to spend more time shopping in stores with the interior are painted in green. Green can also be used as an anti-stress tool, being able to relax the body.

It is known that the effect of colour on our thoughts and attitudes can be subjective, varying according to social, personal and cultural factors. Therefore more research is needed to discover how deeply the connection between the colours and the psychological system works.

For more information:

http://www.colour-affects.co.uk/psychological-properties-of-colours

http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/colorpsych.htm


5 Responses to “What is your favourite colour?”

  1. jbreadsell says:

    I really enjoyed your post, thankyou! I find it interesting that some colours (red, yellow and black) can generate strong emotions on the positive and negative scale: love, strength, happiness and power or irritability, aggression and threats.
    vdrs: having a green waiting room before performances is also joked to be the green room due to the nauseous performers having to be in it before they go on stage! Lots of green rooms aren’t actually green anymore but I do love walking into a green green room before going on stage, its just something that feels part of the performance (and I find green calming also!).

  2. vdrs says:

    Great blog! Very engaging as people can answer the initial question and then learn something about themselves, my favorite color is blue, everything in my room is blue and I do find it very calming when I’m stressed out. Is there an example where colors could be very specific to one culture? And were you able to dig up some neurological response studies about color and emotional reactions, it would be cool to find out what goes on in the brain. The concept of a “green room” before a performance just sort of hit me haha

  3. gcao says:

    My favorite color is orange. because the color reminds me that I love the sweet juicy taste of an orange. thanks for sharing!

  4. gpereira says:

    cool post, love the correlation between the location on the visible spectrum and its reflections
    i was in the violet/purple category 😀

  5. rpoon1 says:

    I really enjoyed reading your blog nseabra. Did you know the colour red is also associated with hunger? Many fast food outlets use the colour red to entice customers.