How do colors affect our moods?
How do colors affect our moods? Have you heard of the saying, feeling blue? (Thinkstock)
How do colors affect our moods?
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You asked us, how do colors affect our moods?
Oh, man, I'm green with envy. I'm so angry I'm seeing red. Oh guys, I'm feeling really blue today.
We definitely tend to link colors with emotions and there's been plenty of psychological and social research on how specific colors actually influence our moods and actions.
But, the effects of color aren't written into our DNA, they're set by personal experience. I mean, you could imagine some universal associations between say, a feeling of tranquility and the calm blue of the sky, but for Joe Schmoe, blue might also trigger anger and fear because it reminds him of the jacket on the playground bully.
The cultures we live in also tend to dictate how we read certain colors, like in the west, we think of white as representing purity and innocence, but in some eastern cultures, it's the color of mourning.
The lack of consensus hasn't stopped advertisers from using those cultural differences to try and influence our buying decisions or office managers from relying on color information theory to increase productivity in the workplace.
Whether these colorful tricks work or not is up for debate.

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Why does white have more than one meaning?
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  • xavierm2-pay
    3/28/2016 - 08:11 a.m.

    From my prior knowledge I remember that colors cause emotional and even physical responses as a result of dormant instincts in our subconscious from our primitive ancestors. These instincts should supercede our own personal memories and experiences as we are capable of overcoming and forgetting them.

  • bendalieg1-pay
    3/28/2016 - 08:12 a.m.

    white have more than one meaning because it is made out of all the colors in the rainbow. White is a clear color and it is plain.Most people wear white as a symbol of victory and others wear it on their romantic wedding day. Christians believe white represent victory,light and righteous.For instance, when god destroy then world in the time of Noah, a white bird was the sign of land and a new begin.

  • ivannac2-pay
    3/28/2016 - 08:13 a.m.

    White can have more than one meaning because of the way people may interpret it. The way people may interpret it is based on the experience one has or the society they live in etc. For example, We Americans take the color white as peace and purity.

  • trishtinb1-pay
    3/28/2016 - 08:50 a.m.

    Based on this article colors have an immense affect on our moods, but the symbolism of one color might mean something else to another person. For example, in the text it stated " in the west, we think of white as representing purity and innocence, but in some eastern cultures, it's the color of mourning."

  • markn1-pay
    3/28/2016 - 08:54 a.m.

    Just like the article stated colors can relate to a persons past experience. So whether or not a monster they were scared of was white or their favorite stuffed animal was white emotions towards the color white can vary.

  • zhanettec1-pay
    3/28/2016 - 08:59 a.m.

    i think that the idea that certain colors represent different moods is invalid, due to the fact that each individual is different, and certain colors may trigger a different moods or feelings in each individual.

  • iselk1-pay
    3/28/2016 - 09:13 a.m.

    Many colors have more than one meaning depending on the eye of the beholder. All people have different opinions due to their environment and culture which is understandable.

  • tatianam1-pay
    3/28/2016 - 09:20 a.m.

    this article was also pretty interesting i mean now that you think of it do colors really effect our mood. like mood rings they tell us our feelings through colours thats cool. its awesome how colors could mean different moods to different people.

  • tamiat1-pay
    3/28/2016 - 09:27 a.m.

    Colors can change moods and affect them also. Many reasons behind this is personal experiences. Red can signify anger. Blue and signify depression or sadness. Yellow can signify happiness. Colors are more than just colors. They're mood changers.

  • rowens-cel
    3/28/2016 - 10:02 a.m.

    Though the article says that everyone associates colors with different emotions based on their experiences, I think our culture makes everyone have almost the same associations with colors. For example, everyone associates blue with sadness. But, in other cultures, colors are different, like white in eastern vs. western cultures.

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