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Depressed? What's Your Color?

What Color Are You?
Color Wheel Predicts Mood

By Marrecca Fiore

In recent series of experiments, researchers found that depressed people tended to feel more “gray” than “blue,” whereas healthy or happy people tended to feel some shade of yellow.

Researchers from the University of Manchester and University Hospital South Manchester in England say they’ve developed a color chart that can be used to study the type of color that relates to a person’s state of mind.

"Colors are frequently used to describe emotions, such as being 'green with envy' or 'in the blues,’" Peter Whorwell, professor of medicine and gastroenterology at University Hospital of South Manchester, said in a statement. “Although there is a large, often anecdotal, literature on color preferences and the relationship of color to mood and emotion, there has been relatively little serious research on the subject.”

Writing in the open access medical journal, “BMC Medical Research Methodology,” researchers said the Color Wheel provides a unique way of asking patients about their condition that dispenses with the need for language.

People with anxiety and depression are most likely to use a shade of gray to represent their mental state. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Medical Research Methodology describe the development of a color chart, The Manchester Color Wheel, which can be used to study people's preferred pigment in relation to their state of mind.

The researchers created a wheel of colors of various intensities, including shades of gray. They then asked a control group of non-anxious, non-depressed people to describe which color they felt most "drawn to," which was their favorite and whether any of the colors represented their current mood. When the test was repeated with anxious and depressed people, most chose the same drawn to color as the healthy participants, yellow, and the same favorite color, blue. When asked which color represented their mood, however, most chose gray, unlike the healthy subjects who typically chose a shade of yellow.

A separate group of healthy volunteers were also asked whether they associated any of the colors with positive or negative moods.

"When we used these results to separate colors into positive, negative and neutral groups, we found that depressed individuals showed a striking preference for negative colors compared to healthy controls," Whorwell added. Anxious individuals gave results intermediate to those observed in depression, with negative colors being chosen more frequently as well as positive colors being chosen less frequently than in the control test." --


WARM COLORS - Such as reds, oranges, and yellows advance, seem larger and add warmth.

- Such as blues, some greens, and purples recede, seem smaller and add coolness.

RED: In food service, red increases the appetite and will influence guests to eat more, pay more for their food and stay longer. In décor, red adds warmth, energy and excitement. It is also a color of love and sensuousness.

ORANGE: In food service, orange also increases the appetite, but at the same time it creates movement and influences guests to eat quickly and move on. In décor, orange is a welcoming, friendly color, but can indicate inexpensive to the viewer.

YELLOW: In food service, certain shades of yellow add cheerfulness to the plate. In décor, yellow gives warmth and shows friendliness.

GREEN: In food service, green denotes healthy, fresh food. In décor, green says wealth, health, balance and comfort.

BLUE: In food service, blue decreases the appetite. In décor, blue gives the feeling of trust and acceptance. Eighty percent of all Americans claim blue as their favorite color.

PURPLE: In food service, purple generally decreases the appetite, especially the darker shades. However, the lighter shades of purple indicate trendiness. In décor, purple says creative, unusual, and different.

PINK: In food service, pink works to make food taste sweeter. In décor, pink adds a sense of femininity and softness.

GRAY: In food service, gray is not an appetizing color. In décor, gray denotes respectability, exclusivity, and quality.

BROWN: In food service, browned foods are perceived as hearty and appetizing. In décor, brown adds a sense of stability and structure.

WHITE: In food service, white represents good sanitation and freshness. In décor, it represents a clean, classic look and also a look for the future.

BLACK: In food service, black decreases the appetite, but can add a sense of elegance and sophistication to the presentation. In décor, black is a color of power, drama, mystery and sophistication.

GOLD AND SILVER: Denotes expense, wealth, glitz and glitter. --


IF YOU DISLIKE RED -- YOU ARE: Peaceful, Helpful, Friendly, Kind, Casual, Comfortable to Be With.

IF YOU DISLIKE ORANGE -- YOU ARE: Logical, Thinking, Organized, Honest, Somewhat Conservative, A Communicator.

IF YOU DISLIKE YELLOW -- YOU ARE: Somewhat Sensitive, Somewhat Emotional, Spiritual, Unusual, A Goal Setter, Achiever.

IF YOU DISLIKE GREEN -- YOU ARE: Self Assured, Assertive, Risk-Taker, Have Strong Opinions and Emotions, A Decision Maker, Physical.

IF YOU DISLIKE BLUE -- YOU ARE: Enthusiastic, Thoughtful, Good Negotiator, Considerate of Other's Feelings.

IF YOU DISLIKE PURPLE -- YOU ARE: Innovative, Bright, Cheerful, Like to Experiment and Keep Busy.

IF YOU DISLIKE PINK -- YOU ARE: Logical, Analytical, Traditional, Business Oriented, Focused.

IF YOU DISLIKE GRAY -- YOU ARE: Sunny, Bubbly, Fun, Approachable, Gentle.

IF YOU DISLIKE BROWN -- YOU ARE: Free Spirit, Searching, Exotic.

IF YOU DISLIKE WHITE -- YOU ARE: Powerful, Sophisticated, Sensuous, Dramatic.

IF YOU DISLIKE BLACK -- YOU ARE: Hopeful, Love Life, Innocent, Endearing, Sometimes Artistic. --

See What Is Cold Depression?

See Cold Depression Meditation.

See Your Birth Date Numerology.

See Kundalini Yoga For Depression.


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