Do you gravitate towards the color blue? Find yourself decorating with blue home accents or always wearing cool colored clothes? Do you feel peaceful under the sky or staring out into the ocean? This is probably why…
Actually, before we get into it, let’s talk a little bit about the history of the color blue. Up until fairly recently, what we perceive as the color blue didn’t actually exist. What we “see” as blue, early texts describe very differently: the ocean being a “dark wine” color and the sky “colorless.” About 4,500 years ago, the majority of cultures around the world did not have a word for “blue.” So it begs the questions: if there wasn’t a word for it, did it really exist? Could they just not see it? Or is it all perception? At that time, most languages had words for the other colors including (in order of most commonly used) black, white, red, yellow and green, but alas, no blue.
Jules Davidoff, a psychologist, had gone to Namibia to carry out an experiment with the Himba tribe. They did not have a word to describe the color blue in their vocabulary so when asked to point out a blue square in a group of green squares, they had extreme problems. Do we all see different colors or do we just describe them differently, especially if we have incomparable points of reference. Davidoff says that without a word for a color, without a way of identifying it as different, it is much harder for us to notice what is unique about it.
The Egyptians were the only ancient culture to have a word for the color. Not surprisingly, they were also the only culture to know how to produce blue dye from the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli. It was used for jewelry and later to make the pigment ultramarine, the most sought-after and expensive of all pigments. Ok, now it’s all making sense.
So what were we talking about before all of this history stuff? Ah, yes, what the color means. Because of its rarity and “newness,” blue is one of the most popular colors around the world today. It is used to describe emotion, energy, and personality. Keep reading to see what blue says about you.
What does the color blue mean?
Blue is closely associated with harmony and peace. It is a color that evokes trust, honesty, loyalty and confidence. It reduces stress and creates a sense of relaxation, tranquility and calm. It is the color of trust and responsibility. According to Color Wheel Pro, “light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness. Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.” In addition, blue symbolizes faith, truth and wisdom.
Is your favorite color blue? It could mean you…
– Are conservative, reliable and trustworthy.
– Are a thinker, not impulsive. You like to figure it out before you act.
– Are genuine and sincere.
– Have a deepened need for peace and harmony.
– Want to live your life according to your ideals and beliefs.
– Have a deep need to be trusted.
– Don’t like to be the center of attention — you prefer to be behind the scenes.
– Can be emotional but are sensitive to others’ moods and feelings.
– Are approachable and friendly.
– Like to have direction and order — unpredictability can tend to overwhelm you.
The deepest need for blue personalities is to find inner peace and truth.
Sources: Color Psychology, Business Insider, and Color Matters.
+ Blue is one of my favorite colors — anyone else? Does your personality match the color?