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Symbolic Meaning Of Colors


Blog Posted:7/22/2013 5:22:00 AM

Dear Soupers:

Traditionally colors depict symbolic meaning across
cultures. They are depicted on flags, in social events, the natural
environment, the car we drive, and even the clothing we wear. Personality can
also be revealed by the color we wear and some informed decisions are even made
based on color.

Please state your point of view and leave your comments.

Thank you

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  1. Date: 7/24/2013 2:25:00 AM
    My favourite colours are two-yellow in summer and blue in Winter.I do like red too..Basically the primary colours.White.black or purple are the colours i love wearing in clothing.Then when painting the house I love pastel colours..I do love colours when serving food as well.I guess colours make me feel somehow cheerful.They remind me of flowers.When i do make up i love shades of pinks..cherry..and browns.So many things to say re colours.O guess they re a reflection of our emotions and what surrounds us.Re the flag-Our maltese flag is read and white-Somehow reminds me to bring peace and love passionately : ).Nice blog

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  1. Date: 7/23/2013 8:19:00 PM
    My favorite color is pink...then yellow....then purple.....for the way they make me feel.....happy....full of love and compassion... and bold....in that order! jimbo

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  1. Date: 7/22/2013 12:26:00 PM
    Over here (SA), the colour red is the colour of mourning; whereas the European citizens favour black. Historically, black was the colour of deep mourning, followed by gray, and later during the mourning period, purple/lilac was the colour of choice. In psychology studies I learned that the colour pink has a calming effect and they did a study where they painted inmates' cells pink. I think the guys would have "lost it" even more having their environment "tainted pink". Nette did a blog last year where she had elaborated upon the relationship between a person's choice of colour and his/her personality. Very interesting topic. ~ Su

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    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 7/23/2013 8:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Very interesting information. I find the progression of mourning colors very interesting, marking a transition. Black alone seems to maintain the grief, for me at least. I had heard about pink jail cells previously, with the same reaction as yours. I also understand, and experienced, tints of green having that same calming effect, hence pale green school classrooms... Jack
    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 7/23/2013 2:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very good discussion.
  1. Date: 7/22/2013 12:10:00 PM
    I'm more drawn to cooler colors, and love blue flowers and all shades of lavender. This is definitely a study and interior designers incorporate it into adding moods to rooms etc.

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    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 7/23/2013 2:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, very good contrast.
  1. Date: 7/22/2013 10:08:00 AM
    Like Charlotte, I am profoundly affected by color, especially strong color in general, specifically purple in all its permutations. I'm fascinated by the white vs black cultural representations for death that Roy mentioned below. I have my own ideas of the meanings behind those choices. I'd love to know how they were actually derived. .. Jack

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    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 7/23/2013 2:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you...nice discussion.
  1. Date: 7/22/2013 9:52:00 AM
    I love colour, and it's a funny thing but I had a strange spiritual experience a few years ago and during that time colour became very significant for me, particularly blues and purples, it's a difficult thing to explain but not only could I see colours, I could actually FEEL them in a real physical sense...

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    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 7/23/2013 2:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you...very deep meaning.
    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 7/22/2013 10:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    There's a name for this phenomenon: synaesthesia. I have a very limited experience with it, but I have a poet/musician friend who sees musical notes as colors... Jack
  1. Date: 7/22/2013 7:13:00 AM
    I have a lot to say on this topic but I have little time. I really love the symbolism of colors and I think it is very similar across the world. Also it depends on what the color is used for. I love ice blue cars but different other colors are my favorites for roses, etc.

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    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 7/23/2013 2:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you. Nice expression.
  1. Date: 7/22/2013 6:09:00 AM
    I just wonder if it's really cross-cultural (implying that the symbolism is universal) or if it's culture specific. For example, the Chinese view red as a good luck color and associate white with death, not black.

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    Phillips Avatar Christine Phillips Date: 7/23/2013 2:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you.Very intriguing question. Yes colors convey universally symbolism and at the same time in specific culture they have specific meaning. You are correct.

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