Dr. Max Luscher
What’s your favorite color?Wait. Before you answer, take the time to think, because according to a very, very knowledgeable person, this could decide your entire inner framework, so to speak.
Dr. Max Luscher, a Swiss pioneer in color psychology, is renowned world over today on account of his Luscher Diagnostic tests. These tests are used for psychoanalysis, employment, university candidate selection, as well as marketeering and advertising skills, ranging from website development to architectural design. Sound complicated? Well, we don’t blame you, because you haven’t been told the magic yet…
This complex-weird-complicated sounding test is actually astoundingly simple. All you have to do is select colors! No kidding, that really is enough for Luscher Diagnostics to gauge your inner being—your color choice and preference.
The principle behind Dr. Luscher’s work is simple. Everyone sees more or less the same colors; we do tend to agree on the fact the trees look green, and the sun looks yellow, etc. etc. But the subjective factor is preference: what colors appeal to us? Why? What does our color choice say about our mental make-up? This is exactly what Luscher Diagnostics analyses; with remarkable accuracy. A lot of the people who take the test find out things they didn’t even know about themselves, but those things are then confirmed by associates—pretty cool, eh?
Dr. Luscher’s full work and theories are published all over the world today, so if you would like to know exactly what lies behind the outline we can provide here for you, check out the library or the nearest bookstore. Meanwhile, here’s a brief capture of the Luscher color test.
According to Dr. Luscher; red, green, blue and yellow are the four pillars of human psychology.
Blue is the first basic foundation of relationships. It is the perception of contentment, the feeling of belonging, attachment and connection to another person. A very intimate color, blue is the color of bonding; the relation of our own selves to another person’s inner being.
Green is the representative of self. It is your image of yourself, your self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. It’s all about your inner strength, your independence and your value as an individual. It is not, however, to be confused with ambition; green is more associated with simple wants leading to happiness.
Red is the color of the thrill; the exhilaration of challenges, the ambition inside you, the strength with which you act. It’s your passion; red is what will decide the force of your path in life.
Yellow, finally, is the dynamic color of change. Your future comes under yellow’s domain; yellow decides your development of character and the spontaneous novelty of your life. Ever-changing, yellow is not only progress, but also a sign of growth.
Why don’t we take a closer look at Dr. Luscher’s psychological principles in order to relate the colors and our personalities in a comprehensible fashion? Dr. Luscher, like many psychologists before him, identifies the human psychology as polar; i.e. a study of extremes. The six basic characteristics of human beings are three polar pairs:
- Receptive and Directive
- Constant and Variable
- Integrative and Separative
What are these? If it didn’t make any sense to you, don’t worry, we’ll make it a lot simpler, so read on!
Receptive basically means the ability to “accept external determination,” or in simple words, open-mindedness. A receptive person is more tolerant, unlimited and is more likely to be female! Well, that one’s no surprise—male ego is something that every woman recognizes! Yes, you can guess the complementary characteristic; the directive personality. Described as “dogmatic” and “limited,” a directive person is someone who chooses his own path; with little regard for external input—more often a male characteristic.
Receptive is violet—Directive is red
Constant is a term that applies to parents—kids, you know exactly what the Doc means—order, rule, tradition, past, fidelity and rocks. Next time your parents yell at you, be sure to let them know even Dr. Luscher describes their heart as being rock-hard. Variable, on the other hand, is much more fun: chaos, improvisation, the future, flirtatiousness, modernity and the clouds above.
Constant is greenish blue—variable is yellow
Integrative is quality, unity, love and union. It is the ability to relate and the characteristic of adaptability. On the other hand, separative is indicative of quantity, hate, alienation, aloofness and independence.
Integrative is red—separative is blue
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