The Psychiatric and Holistic Meaning of Colours
Red is a powerful colour that has been associated with
vitality and ambition. It can help overcome negative thoughts. However, it
is also associated with anger; if we have too much red in our system, or
around us, we may feel irritable, and impatient, and uncomfortable.
Is emotionally soothing and calming, and gives the feeling
of gentle warmth and nurturing. It lessons feelings of irritation and
aggression, surrounding us with the a sense of love and protection. It
also alleviates loneliness, despondency, over sensitivity. While red
relates more to sexuality, pink is associated with unselfish love.
Orange is a joyous colour. It frees and releases emotion
and alleviates feelings of self-pity, lack of self worth, and
unwillingness to forgive. Stimulates the mind, renewing interest in life;
it is a wonderful antidepressant and lifts the spirits. Apricot/ Peach is
good for nervous exhaustion.
Yellow is also a happy, bright, and uplifting colour, a
celebration of sunny days. It associated with the intellectual side of the
mind, and the expression of thoughts. It therefore aids the powers of
discernment and discrimination, memory and clear thinking, decision-making
and good judgement. It also helps good organization, assimilation of new
ideas, and the
ability to see different points of view. It builds
self-confidence and encourages an optimistic attitude. Conversely, dull
yellow can be the colour of fear.
Green has a strong affinity with nature helping us connect
with empathy to others and the natural world. We instinctively seek it out
when under stress or experiencing emotional trauma. It creates a feeling
of comfort, laziness and relaxation, calmness, and space, lessening
stress, balancing and soothing the emotions. Dark green represents the
onset of death and is nondescript, unassertive, a negation of life and
joy. Lime and olive green can have a detrimental effect on both physical
and emotional health sense sickly yellow and green are associated with the
emotions of envy, resentment, and possessiveness.
We associate blue green with the refreshing and cool
ocean. It is therefore invigorating, cooling and calming. Like green
turquoise is good for mental strain and tiredness or feeling washed out.
It is an elevating colour that encourages us to make a sparkling fresh
start. Turquoise is also helpful for feelings of loneliness, sense it
heightens communication, sensitivity, and creativity.
Blue is a cool, calming colour and is associated with a
higher part of the mind than yellow. It represents the night, so it make
us feel calm and relaxed as if we were being soothed by the deep blue of
the night sky. Light and soft blue, make us feel quiet and protected from
all the bustle and activity of the day, and alleviate insomnia. Blue
inspires mental control, clarity, and creativity. Midnight blue has a
strong sedative effect on the mind, allowing us to connect to our
intuitive and feminine side. Too much dark blue can be depressing,
Indigo, Violet, and Purple
These have a deep affect on the psyche and have been used
in psychiatric care to help calm and pacify patients suffering from a
number of mental and nervous disorders. These colours balance the mind and
help transform obsessions and fears. Indigo is a powerful, physic colour,
associated with the ride of the brain, and stimulates intuition and
imagination. It is also a strong sedative. Violet and purple are colours
of transformation at a very deep level, bringing peace and combating shock
or fear. They have a cleansing effect in emotional disturbances. They are
also connected with artistic and musical impulses, mystery, and
sensitivity to beauty and high ideals, stimulating creativity,
inspiration, sensitivity, spirituality and compassion. Violet can exert
strong psychic influences, however, and a person attracted by it has to
guard against living in a fantasy world. Purple is associated with psychic
When we are feeling despondent and worried about our
condition, or feeling angry and frustrated, magenta draws us out of this
attitude and lets our spirits soar. It is a spiritual colour but also with
practical overtones, associated with compassion, support and kindness.
From a negative prospective, magenta, like violet, make us desire to be
lifted out of the demanding world and avoid challenges. It can also be too
relaxing. So avoid magenta if you are chronically depressed or
The colour of ultimate purity is white. It is an all-round
colour of protection, bringing peace and comfort, alleviating emotional
shock and despair, and helping inner cleansing of emotion, thoughts, and
spirit. If you need time and space to reflect on your life, white can give
you a feeling of freedom and uncluttered openness. Too much white,
however, can be cold and isolating because white separates us from other
This colour is both comforting, protective, and
mysterious. it is associated with silence, the infinite, and the feminine
life force-passive, unchartered, and mysterious. Black can also prevent us
from growing and changing. We often cloak ourselves in black to hide from
Associated with independence, self-reliance, self-control,
grey acts as a shield from outside influence. However, grey generally has
a negative feeling ie; thick grey clouds, fog, and smoke.
Grey is the colour of evasion and non-commitment since it
is neither black or white. It relates to walling everything off, remaining
separate, uncommitted, and uninvolved, inevitably leading to loneliness.
It also denotes self-criticism.
Silver is the colour of the moon, which is ever changing.
It relates to the feminine principle and the emotional, sensitive aspect
of the mind. It balances, harmonizes, and is mentally cleansing.
Like yellow, gold is associated with the sun and is
therefore related to abundance and power, higher ideals, wisdom, and
understanding. It is mentally revitalizing, energizing and inspiring, and
helpful for fear, uncertainty, and lack of interest. Pale gold is
excellent for depression and sharpens the mind.
The colour of Mother Earth, brown brings a sense of
stability, alleviating insecurity. However it also relates to bottling up
of emotion, a retreat from and a fear of the outside world, and also
narrow-mindedness. This often results from a lack of self-worth.