A Splash of Colours

Why is my theme purple? Why is red associated with anger? Colours are a very essential part of our lives and we use them on a daily basis for various purposes. Your feelings about colors are usually due to deeply personal moments and are rooted in your own experience or culture. For example, red symbolizes love and passion in many countries such as North and South America and Europe but red in African cultures symbolizes death and grief. As discovered by Sir Isaac Newton, when a white light passes through a prism, it separates into different colours. These colours can also be mixed to create new shades. Colours on the red side of the spectrum such as orange, red and yellow are also called warm colours which usually evoke feelings from comfort and warmth to the feelings of aggression and hostility. Colours that fall on the blue side of the spectrum such as green, blue and purple stir up the perception of calmness but can also be associated with the feeling of indifference. A few ancient civilisations , including the Egyptians and Chinese, practiced chromotherapy, or the use of colors to heal. Chromotherapy is sometimes referred to as light therapy or colorology. The basic idea behind this was using the different vibrations and wavelengths of these colours to help different individuals improve their mood and overall health; even though colours have an effect on our moods, it is only a temporary effect. We can use these colours to help portray our feelings and emotions in a way that words cannot. Art based psychotherapy is one of the best forms of therapy that helps the therapist observe and gain insight to the mental state of the individual. Sometimes kids are unable to express how they feel, hence art is one of the best ways for them to portray how they feel without pressure. Different artists paint and draw or sketch with different perspectives and through their at, we learn to see things from their perspective as well. Many illusions also help us understand the state of mind people are in as illusions are used as a symbolic representation to show how intricate their thoughts are and are difficult to figure out. The colours we like and use are also a medium of self expression and individuality. Color can play an important role in conveying information, creating certain moods, and even influencing the decisions people make.

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