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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 pleasure of green
the pleasure of green

Objective Statement

The objective of this blog is to share with my readers that there is, obviously, a positive side of colors.

Whimsical Green

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.

Persian oak
Persian oak

Rationale

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.
pink rose
pink rose

Conclusion

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.

Questions

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!

 

References

https://www.verywellmind.com/color-psychology-2795824

Color’s Positive Affect on Moods in Mental Health

Amy Pierce Romine

I am a published content and freelance writer, award-winning blogger, public speaker, copy editor and social media consultant. From adolescence through the decade of my 20’s, I went without knowing anything was wrong with me. A mental illness was the farthest possibility from my mind (LOL! No pun intended). After my first diagnosis of just “bipolar”, I waited another seven years to discover my most current diagnosis. I have bipolar 1 with psychotic features, mixed episodes and ultra-rapid cycling. An extension of my diagnosis includes the bipolar type of AD/HD, OCD, GAD and social anxiety. At the end of the day, it all comes down to my faith in God and of course my friends and family who encourage and support me every step of the way. You can find me at my other blog, Life Conquering Blog for Mental Health.


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APA Reference
Pierce Romine, A. (2018). Color’s Positive Affect on Moods in Mental Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 17, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/discoveries/2018/03/colors-positive-affect-on-moods-in-mental-health/

 

Last updated: 29 Mar 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Mar 2018
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