Monday, 10 July 2017

The Colours of Your Personality

There are many things that can effect your mood, from other people to certain situations, however the colours around you can change the way you feel. Colours are an incredibly powerful part of your life that can be used to encourage emotions. Artists and designers select paint and accessory colours to inspire certain feelings and provoke reactions from viewers. 

Knowing and understanding the way that colours can effect you can help promote more positive and productive emotions in your life, even by adding some colour to your wardrobe. Having a favourite colour also says a lot about your personality and can reveal some of your hidden traits to others, sometimes even the colour that you are most attracted to can change the way others perceive you.

  • Red

Red is an incredibly passionate colour. It is fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, strength and power however it can also be a romantic colour that represents love and desire. Red is an emotionally intense colour that heightens your current mood rather than completely adjusting it. 

Red can also have a physical effect on you as it enhances metabolism, raises blood pressure and can even increase respiration rate. As there are multiple shades of red, each variation means something different. For example, light red represents joy, sexuality and passion. However, dark red symbolises willpower, rage, leadership, courage and wrath.

A person who is attracted to the colour red is considered someone who projects power and confidence. This attraction is a reflection of the personality and red is usually worn as a bold statement, others will recognise this vivid tone and associate this with a strong personality.

  • Orange

Orange is a very complex colour as it brings together the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy and warmth. Orange represents enthusiasm, happiness, creativity, determination and success. It is a warm colour that gives the sensation of heat, however it is not as aggressive as red. 

The physical effect that orange has on the body is the increase of oxygen to the brain as well as stimulation of mental activity. It is a citrus colour that is associated with healthy food which encourages a more healthy appetite. The different shades of orange also have other meanings that are different to the overall meaning of orange. A darker shade of orange can mean deceit and distrust. A red-toned orange leans more towards the meaning of the colour red with the sexual passion, domination and aggression. Finally, a gold shows prestige with the meaning of wisdom and wealth. 

Attraction to the colour orange shows courage, determination and a creative flare. Orange in all its varied tones is an artistic colour that is memorable and dramatic which leaves a positive impression with the viewer and can be both bold and approachable.

  • Yellow

Yellow is the colour of sunshine. It is associated with happiness, intellect and energy that produces a warming effect. Yellow is an incredibly health conscious colour as it arouses feelings of cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity and generates muscle energy. 

Although yellow is mainly a positive colour, it can also be overwhelming shade. For example, babies cry more in yellow rooms. When used appropriately, yellow evokes pleasant, cheerful feelings, which is why it is used to promote products related to leisure. Yellow is also considered an unstable and spontaneous colour thats meaning can completely change with a slight shade variation. A dull or mustard yellow represents cautions, sickness and jealousy which is a far stretch from the sunshine yellow that many people know. Light yellow is associated with intellect and joy.

A person who is attracted to yellow can initially be considered a joyful person however the true meaning of the colour yellow is much more complex. Being attracted to yellow, in all tones, means that you are a happy person in general and perhaps are more willing than the average person to take risks. Yellow is a social colour and can also be associated with a more welcoming personality.

  • Green

Green is the colour of nature. It symbolises growth, harmony and fertility. It also has a strong emotional correspondence with safety and is often associated with wealth. The physical effect that green has on the body is of great healing power as it is the most restful colour for the human eye, it can improve vision. Green also suggests stability and endurance. 

The different shades of green can represent both positive and negative elements. For example, dark green is associated with ambition, greed and jealousy. Another shade of green also has relations to jealousy which is the more yellow toned green, this shade is an incredibly negative tone as it promotes sickness and cowardice. At the other end of the scale, Aqua is an emotional healing and protective shade, and olive green is the traditional colour of peace. 

An attraction to green usually indicates a calm personality and a loyal companion. Green is a colour that can be depended on and usually associated with someone that has great respect for themselves and others. If you are attracted to green, you are someone that can work in perfect harmony with others but also knows how to be independent and rely on yourself when necessary.

  • Blue 

Blue is normally used in a negative light, with the term "feeling blue" being very popular, however blue is much more complex than that. It is the colour of the sky and the sea, of depth and stability. Iy is often associated with trust, loyalty, confidence, intelligence, truth and calm. Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body as it slows the metabolism and produces a calming effect which is why blue is the opposing colour to red. 

Although it is a tranquil colour, it is also considered a masculine shade. According to studies, dark blue is highly accepted amongst males as it is a representation of depth, stability and expertise. Dark blue is a serious colour that is also associated with knowledge, power and integrity. On the other hand, light blue is a colour of health, healing, understanding and softness.

Someone who favours the colour blue is normally considered dependable and trustworthy, which is why it is very common to see government officials and presidential candidates wearing some form of blue clothing. An attraction to blue can also indicate that the person is calm and rational during times of stress and upset.

  • Purple

Just like with yellow, Purple combines the elements of two colours. It contains the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is often associated with royalty. It symbolises power, nobility, luxury and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is also a representative of wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery and magic.

Purple is a very rare colour in nature and some people consider it to be artificial. Over half of pre-adolescent children prefer purple to all other colours as it is vibrant and mysterious. Light purple promotes romantic and nostalgic feelings whereas dark purple can be a frustrating colour that evokes gloom.

Being attracted to purple shows a great self respect and pride, this is not always negative as it shows a confidence and an ability to complete tasks with great precision due to pride in your own work. A favour to purple is a person who is incredibly competent and has the ability to maintain strong, supportive and trustworthy relationships.

  • White

White is the colour of purity, innocence, virginity and goodness. It is the colour of perfection. White is often seen as bridal because of the association with innocence and light. It stands for purity, safety and cleanliness. As opposed to black, white usually has a positive connotation as it can represent a new successful beginning and faith. 

Someone who is attracted to white is normally a very clean and tidy person who likes to keep things well organised. Due to the use of white in a lot of technology advertisements, the attraction to white is often due to a sense of youth and modern living, there will also most likely be an attraction to things that are new and cutting edge in association to the colour white.

  • Black

Black is a mysterious colour that is often associated with fear and the unknown. It usually has negative connotations and other meanings for the colour are not usually considered. Black stands for power, elegance, formality, mystery and strength. The more elegant side of the colour black usually comes into play with terms like "black tie event" or the "little black dress" which is usually considered a classic statement in a woman's wardrobe. 

A person that is attracted to black is a powerful individual with a strong sense of self. Black is often described as sexy, mysterious and powerful therefore someone associated with the colour black usually reflects some (if not all) of these traits. All though black can be intimidating it takes someone loyal and trustworthy to discover the beauty and grace of someone whose personality matches the traits of the colour black. 

Although colours can be a reflection of your personality, it is important to not become fixated on one colour. Your personality cannot be fully described with one colour meaning, your personality and individuality is a massive spectrum of colours in all of their tones and forms. Just like your personality, with age and the development of life, your favourite colour can change, your preferences can change, it is simply understanding the deeper meanings of these seemingly small things and the impact that they have on all of our lives.

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