Color’s Positive Affect on Moods in Mental Health
As we read a few days ago, colors are able to trigger various moods in people with a mental illness. We particularly focused on the negative moods arising from color. Today, we are going to learn from colors’ positive side.
The objective of this blog is to share with my readers that there is, obviously, a positive side of colors.
I remember as a little girl going to my Aunt Anne’s house out in the country. From the back of the house to the planted crops, there was a hill which had a pitch of about 25-30 degrees. I loved rolling down this hill. Curtis, my friend, and I would roll from the top of the hill to the bottom where it was mostly dry dirt. When visiting my Aunt on beautiful summer days, that is what I would do. The green grass made me come alive in every sense of the world.
When I grew older, my favorite thing was to look outside the window of the car I was in where the green grass and towering trees whirled by. I felt a peace and calmness in the soft grass below my feet and the tall trees standing overhead and dwarfing me. This kind of peace and serenity was like nothing I have ever felt before.
When I went to college, I met these fabulous people that made college life all the more bearable. We went to Land Between the Lakes located in Southwestern Kentucky. Filing my nose with the smell of fresh grass and the amazing perfume of the beautiful trees, it didn’t matter whatever happened, I could face it. I love going there to study or to roast marshmallows. I was calm between the outdoor smells and lots of prayers.
Each color invokes a different mood, good or bad. One thing to remember is that such color associations are not necessarily word-wide. Colors can have particular meanings, symbolism, and associations in other cultures. Let us look at the colors and see how they impact us in a good way.
- Black is often used in fashion because of its slimming quality. In marketing and branding psychology, black is associated with boldness, formality, mystery, strength, luxuriousness and seriousness.
- White represents purity or innocence. Bride’s wearing white was often thought to convey the bride’s virginity. White represents cleanliness, freshness, and simplicity.
- Red is described as warm, vibrant, and intense. It is often seen as an exciting color, but it can also evoke feelings of love.
- Blue is conservative and traditional. Feelings of calmness or serenity can also be felt from blue.
- Perhaps because green is so heavily associated with nature, it is often described as a refreshing and tranquil color. Green is the symbol of fertility as well as, good luck, health, and jealousy.
- Yellow is related to the following moods: warmth, energized and attention-getting.
- Purple is considered mysterious, spiritual, and imaginative. As well as exotic, regal and royalty.
- Orange is spiritual, energetic and and happy.
- Pink is associated with love and romance. “Drunk-tank-pink” is the shade of pink that prisons used to paint prison walls in order to calm down the inmates. However, once the inmates get used to the color, they fire back up.
I love diving into psychological brain food like colors and moods. It’s nice to know that there is a flip slide to every coin. There too, is a flip side to the negative moods of color coin. We have the negative moods and now the positive moods to wrap up colors and moods. Every person with a mood disorder can breathe a sigh of relief. Involving colors, you can have a reprieve. A color can bring favorable moods for you and your kids or it could have a completely different reaction.
What kind of memories do you remember from your childhood, teenage years, college, or the decade of your twenties? Did it involve a color like in my example? Do those same colors have an affect on you? Send me an email at [email protected]. I would love to hear what you have to share!
Pierce Romine, A. (2018). Color’s Positive Affect on Moods in Mental Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 26, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/discoveries/2018/03/colors-positive-affect-on-moods-in-mental-health/