“Do you see what I see too?” (peerieblogger.wordpress.com)

I found this post very interesting. A few days ago I have watched the new program called “Test your brain”. The first episode was about paying attention. They pointed out that people pay attention to specific things we are focusing on, and our brains don’t register other things despite the fact that we can see them. Our brains are trying very hard to concentrate on a specific thing and registering it in great detail, that we simply miss everything else that goes around us.

Peerieblogger.wordpress.com talked about how deaf people see colours, and how people speaking different languages see colours differently. This made me think about colours but in a completely different way. How do colours affect us?

Colour red, for example is associated with warmth, love, but also anger and frustration. Quite the opposites? So why is it that for a moment in time we associate red with love, and in another moment red  brings out the feelings of anger? There must be a connection between the way we perceive colours and how we feel emotionally at a certain time. Depending on your beliefs, even, the way you look and see colours can be different than for others. If you are strongly religious, for example, you might associate red with hell, or if you’re a romantic, then red will symbolize love. It depends on your emotional and psychological state of mind.

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” – Pablo Picasso   
Some colours are associated with warmth, relaxation, or calm. Certain colours can even increase your blood pressure, or strain you eyes.  (http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/colorpsych.htm)
Colour psychology can even be used as therapy.

“Several ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Chinese, practiced chromotherapy, or using colors to heal. Chromotherapy is sometimes referred to as light therapy or colourology and is still used today as a holistic or alternative treatment.

In this treatment:

    • Red was used to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation.
    • Yellow was thought to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.
    • Orange was used to heal the lungs and to increase energy levels.
    • Blue was believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain.
Most psychologists, however, believe that colour therapy is exaggerated, and even if it does work it works for a very short period of time. (http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/colorpsych.htm)
So, our perceptions of colour and what it’s being associated with differs for every individual. A certain colour may mean something to one person, but something completely different for another person.