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#1 Forster Woods

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 12:05 PM

I haven't posted anything on this site for a bit. Thought I would add some information about color and how it affects people on an emotional level. And symbolism too. Your own thoughts on what your favorite colors mean to you would be good to talk about. 

 

What is it about the rainbow that gives most people a sense of happiness? Sure, it signifies the calm after a storm, but the colors themselves have an effect on our minds.
 
There is a reason why people prefer certain colors over others. This preference says volumes about our personalities, because each color has an association with a reaction our brain has when we internalize it.
 
Color psychology is a well-known, yet less explored branch of the study of how our brain perceives what it visualizes. As far as scientific research goes, there is not much to work with. However, the impact that colors have on our brains is used to manipulate our decision making by multiple facets of society.
 
 
Below is a listing of some colors with their associated psychological and emotional meanings...
 
The Color Red:
 
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    alertness
    ambition
    aggression
    battle
    beauty
    brilliance
    charity
    charm
    circulation
    communism
    compassion
    courage
    danger
    desire
    determination
    devotion
    domination
    eccentricity
    emotion
    energy
    eroticism
    excitement
    extroversion
    fashion
    fervor
    fire
    friendship
    hate
    heat
    high voltage
    intensity
    life
    love
    luck
    lust
    madness
    martyrdom
    motion
    movement
    murder
    pain
    passion
    patriotism
    power
    prohibition
    prostitution
    rage
    rebellion
    rescue
    revolution
    romanticism
    sacrifice
    sensuality
    sexuality
    sin
    speed
    strength
    suffering
    success
    tension (political, social)
    thrill
    triumph
    urgency
    victory
    violence
    vitality
    war
    warmth
 
The Color Orange:
 
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    action
    ambition
    appetite
    assurance
    celebration
    change
    charisma
    communication
    competence
    coziness
    creativity
    determination
    disorder
    domination
    dryness
    earth
    emotion
    encouragement
    endurance
    energy
    enthusiasm
    exaggeration
    excitement
    expansion
    explosion
    extravagance
    extroversion
    exuberance
    fascination
    fitness
    flavor
    flexibility
    friendship
    fun
    generosity
    happiness
    health
    heat
    humanism
    humor
    independence
    invitation
    joy
    laughter
    motivation
    practicality
    radiation
    security
    service
    society
    smile
    success
    sunset
    temptation
    tropic
    visibility
    warmth
    warning
    wisdom
 
The Color Yellow:
 
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    activity
    aspiration
    alertness
    brightness
    caution
    communication
    confidence
    energy
    expansion
    expression
    extroversion
    fear
    forgiveness
    friendship
    gaiety
    happiness
    idealism
    ideas
    imagination
    intelligence
    innovation
    inspiration
    intuition
    joy
    knowledge
    laughter
    logic
    light
    optimism
    order
    philosophy
    playfulness
    power
    satisfaction
    signal
    spontaneity
    stimulation
    summer
    sunshine
    thought
    uncertainty
    warmth
    warning
    wisdom
    youth
 
The Color Green:
 
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    adventure
    aspiration
    calmness
    cleanliness
    comfort
    efficiency
    environment
    equilibrium
    faith
    fertility
    foliage
    frankness
    freedom
    freshness
    friendship
    generosity
    good luck
    grass
    growth
    harmony
    health
    hope
    laziness
    life
    open air
    outdoors
    moist
    mucous
    nature
    neutrality
    progress
    prosperity
    quietness
    relaxation
    renewal
    reproduction
    safety
    security
    sincerity
    spring
    sympathy
    vegetation
    vigor
    wisdom
    youth
 
The Color Blue:
 
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    acceptance
    authority
    balance
    calmness
    care
    caution
    cleanliness
    coolness
    cooperation
    compassion
    confidence
    contemplation
    culture
    depression
    despair
    depth
    dignity
    faith
    flexibility
    frankness
    freedom
    freshness
    goodness
    harmony
    honesty
    hope
    ice
    infinity
    intelligence
    introspection
    isolation
    law
    logic
    loyalty
    maturity
    obedience
    order
    peace
    piety
    power
    protection
    quality
    quietness
    reflection
    reliability
    responsibility
    sadness
    security
    self control
    serenity
    sincerity
    solitude
    stability
    stiffness
    technology
    tenderness
    tradition
    tranquility
    transparency
    trust
    truth
    unity
    value
    virtue
    water
 
The Color Purple or Violet:
 
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    ambition
    aristrocracy
    art
    anxiety
    beauty
    balance
    compassion
    conflict
    contrition
    coolness
    creativity
    drama
    dream
    dignity
    enchantment
    enigma
    extravagance
    fantasy
    fashion
    femininity
    grief
    homosexuality
    independence
    individualism
    inspiration
    intelligence
    introspection
    intuition
    justice
    knowledge
    leadership
    luxury
    magic
    majesty
    meditation
    mood
    mystery
    mysticism
    nobility
    nostalgia
    passiveness
    penitence
    preciousness
    pride
    quietness
    reflection
    religious devotion
    responsibility
    richness
    royalty
    sadness
    secrecy
    sensuality
    seriousness
    shadows
    sobriety
    solemnity
    solitude
    sophistication
    sorrow
    spirituality
    splendor
    style
    sublimation
    suffering
    superstition
    truth
    value
    wealth
    wisdom
    wit
    vanity
 
This is just a small listing associating adjectives for a few colors. Psychology and marketing play a huge role in advertising the value of a product in the minds eye. It adds a certain level of enchantment when people see bright colors to enhance their emotional levels. One must be aware of how these things affect the mind and spirit. Because you can be sure that psychologists and marketers of all sorts know these things fully. They are well practiced at using the rainbow to further wicked agendas and sell cheap plastic products to an unsuspecting public.

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Posted 21 July 2016 - 12:33 PM

How about black? 

 

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Posted 21 July 2016 - 12:37 PM

Blow it out your ass!

 

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Posted 21 July 2016 - 12:51 PM

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.

 

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Posted 23 July 2016 - 12:08 PM

Good subject. Emotions and colors of the rainbow. The historical symbolism of the rainbow is interesting also. I was doing a little research into that. There are the religious ones to look at. Plus the cultural aspects through time. Whether or not a rainbow should have 5,6, or 7 colors....it's probably infinite anyhow. But, surfing around the idea came of the analogy of the rainbow and musical scale. They correspond so well together. So it brought me to musical traditions around the world. Here's a page giving a little info on that:

 

MUSICAL TRADITIONS Of Scales and Modes

 

http://www.stolaf.ed...sAndModes.html


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Posted 23 July 2016 - 12:19 PM

Good subject. Emotions and colors of the rainbow. The historical symbolism of the rainbow is interesting also. I was doing a little research into that. There are the religious ones to look at. Plus the cultural aspects through time. Whether or not a rainbow should have 5,6, or 7 colors....it's probably infinite anyhow. But, surfing around the idea came of the analogy of the rainbow and musical scale. They correspond so well together. So it brought me to musical traditions around the world. Here's a page giving a little info on that:

 

MUSICAL TRADITIONS Of Scales and Modes

 

http://www.stolaf.ed...esAndModes.html

 

Nice mnemonic Roy!
 
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Real rainbows are nice. Timing and awareness of the elements that need to come together lets one witness them more often.
 
The above link was bad...so here it is again:
 
 
Makes a good basic framework to build on. What does a rainbow sound like?
 

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Posted 29 July 2016 - 02:39 PM

This fascinating test helps you find out how many colours you can see
 
Count the number of colours and shades you can see in the spectrum:
 
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Find out your results here:
 
 

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