How Colours affect Human mental health.

Colour and psychology.


In many psychologists work such as Felix Deutsch, Kurt Goldstein and others, appears that too many mentally or emotionally disturbed people, especially schizophrenics, colour in an unwanted intrusion into their lives, and they neither like it nor want it.  
The paintings of the outsider artist Adolf Wölfli
could be seen as a visual representation of formal thought disorder.


It's known that people suffering from fatigue or nervous breakdown, show little reaction to colour at all. 

Manic-depressives people find gratification in colours most likely on 'good days'.  Hermann Rorschach created the inkblot test in black and white and colour in 1921.  In that test, it has been found that introverted patients tend to reject colour. 

It has been found that people with anxiety state tend to have a predilection for green, the 'red impulses of hatred', aggression and sex being denied.  According to researchers red is the choice of the 'manic and hypomanic' patient giving the tumult of his emotions their ''burning and 'bloody' expression.

Yellow is the colour of the schizophrenia - the colour of the morbid mind. We can notice that artists like

Vincent van Gogh's 1889 Self Portrait
suggests the artist's mood and affect
 in the time leading up to his suicide
Van Gogh and Louis Wain became significantly flame-like in colouring appearance especially when they were mentally ill.  It indicates the qualities of expansiveness and relaxation.  Rejecting this colour may be indicative of a dislike of probing too deeply into one's own mental processes and inner feelings.





The depressive person paints in sombre shades of dark red and black, while the manic in his over-excitement state, uses a lot of bright, bold colour with lots of swirls and agitated lines. 

The sixth blot of the w: Rorschach inkblot test

Brown relates to paranoia and blue is also associated with schizophrenia along with yellow. 

Blue is the colour of prudence and is allied with conscious and control of emotions.  Under stress, the person who likes blue may tend to see the environment connected with their problems in some drastic manner. dark blue also represents contentment and fulfilment, 'truth and trust' love and dedication, surrender and devotion, tradition and eternal values.


Green is often associated with superficially intelligence, social, chatty and with big appetites! Persistent choice of green suggests escaping from anxiety, a sanctuary in the serene greenness of nature.

Red: it is impulsive will-to-win and all forms of vitality and power from sexual potency to revolutionary transformation. Rejecting red often signifies physical and nervous fatigue accompanied by loss of potency or sexual desire, possible heart or other disorders.

It doesn't mean that because we like any particular colour such as red, yellow, blue or green that we are suffering from any of the above conditions.  However, red is usually chosen by extroverts and yellow by intellectuals, but also it is associated with mental deficiency!






Sources:
Betty Wood the healing power of colour, 1985.
https://www.luscher-color.ch/base.asp?p=start.html&s=e&m=m_home.asp

By Hermann Rorschach (died 1922) - https://web.archive.org/web/20070820233339/http://ar.geocities.com/test_de_rorschach/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3594383




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