Desert or Sea?

How do colors impact us emotionally?

I intentionally painted the therapy offices different colors to give them their own uniqueness and knowing different people would be drawn to different colors. Why would one person like the orange desert room but find the sea green room depressing but another person finds the sea green room relaxing?

Thinking about the ladder of Polyvagal theory is it about the nervous system needing to go up one two rings? From freeze to flight/flight or fight/flight to calm and connected?

"Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions," the artist Pablo Picasso once remarked.

According to Cherry (2019) "Surprisingly, little theoretical or empirical work has been conducted to date on color's influence on psychological functioning,1 and the work that has been done has been driven mostly by practical concerns, not scientific rigor." To read the whole article click here

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