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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COLOR

Shades, Tints and Opposites

When we talk about color, we unusually mean hue.
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author   by PLAIN JANE  2016
 

When we talk about color, we unusually mean hue.

Hue is the single, definitive color, expressed scientifically by its wavelength. For example, color red is always 7,604 angstroms in wavelength. Today, we recognize basic seven colors, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and purple, in other words, the colors of the rainbow. From these colors, we denote their shades and tints.


Colors of the rainbow

Tints are colors that are mixed with white. Although tints are pale, surprisingly, they are stronger for healing, that’s because they have white in them. Thus, pink is more powerful than the basic hue of red because of the abundance of white it contains.

Shades are basic hues mixed with black.


All tints and shades of a color share that color’s basic qualities, but they are modified by the quality of either white or black. Generally, tints are considered positive and shades negative. However, the negative can be useful since it directs us to what we need to look at.

Hidden Colors

When using colors we have to be aware of the hidden colors. For example, orange is not a pure color but a mixture of red and yellow. We see orange, but our body will also experience the red energy and yellow energy that is within the orange. Thus, when you dress in orange or use orange for healing be aware of the red and yellow aspects, as well as the characteristics that relate to orange.


Green also has hidden colors. It is made by mixing yellow and blue. Green has its own meaning, plus those of the yellow and blue. Purple has red and blue within, while grey is a mixture of black and white. So take note of these hidden colors’ attributes as well.

While industry or artists have their own color criteria when working with color, you should look at color as a therapeutic tool and you must incorporate the psychological and spiritual meaning that are hidden with certain tints and shades.

Opposing Colors

Each color of the spectrum has an opposite color. Opposing colors are particularly helpful in healing, and they also find uses in everyday life.

When you are extremely irritated and feel furious at someone’s behavior, at that moment you are reacting to an overload of the red energy within your system. The opposing color to red is the color blue, so put on some blue clothing, or focus your vision on a blue object. Do this until the anger passes.

You may be visiting with friends and find yourself in a room with a color that you find jarring. If you know in advance what color it is, wear the opposite color to counteract the negative effects of that specific color. Alternatively, have in a pocket a stack of color cards and look at the opposing color from time to time to balance the negative effects of a specific color.

Opposing colors can be used when we are using colored light for healing – chromotherapy. A blue light can be used to relieve the red of irritability or, vice versa, use the red light to pull you out of the blues. If you are in doubt about a color or feel that too much color has been used, flood the person with green colored light. Green acts as a neutralizer, bringing back balance and order to any situation. The opposite of orange is indigo and the opposite of green, the central color of the rainbow, is magenta. Magenta is a mixture of red and blue.

color green and magenta

color orange and indigo

Don’t Wear Opposing Colors

Don’t wear opposing colors. Fashion designers quite often offer their clothing in colors that clash. You should never wear opposing colors together no matter how fashionable they might be in a particular season. The right choice of colors will help us to live in harmony with the earth and surrounding us energies. So arrange your colors in such a way as to enhance your life and ensure that you achieve your highest potential. Remember that colors vibrate at different rates and each has its own signature frequency. If, for example, you wear red and blue together the two energies don’t cancel one another but rather fight pulling you in different directions creating havoc in your psyche and your body. The interaction of colors should be harmonious otherwise, the discordant notes will intrude into your inner mind.


opposite colors clash


Don’t wear opposing colors such as red and blue together. Fashion designers and stylists don’t know anything about the psychology of color. They dress to shock.
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