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Colors to describe your mood

Researchers say anxious and distressed people choose gray shades to describe their mood. Healthy people prefer yellow. Both groups said their favorite color was blue. These are tendencies, not across-the-board preferences.

Sorry about no post yesterday, I was down for the count with a bad cold bug. I did, however, read about this color wheel that can help people describe their emotions since according to studies these colors are typically associated with these particular moods. I wonder where “snot-filled” would fit on the color wheel…

Are you in a gray mood today? How about a blue funk? Maybe you’re seeing red, because you’re green with jealousy. The colors we use to describe emotions may be more useful than you think, according to new research.

The study found that people with depression or anxiety were more likely to associate their mood with the color gray, while happier people preferred yellow. The results, which are detailed today in the journal BMC Medical Research Methodology, could help doctors gauge the moods of children and other patients who have trouble communicating verbally.

“This is a way of measuring anxiety and depression which gets away from the use of language,” study co-author and gastroenterologist Peter Whorwell of University Hospital South Manchester told LiveScience. “What is very interesting is that this might actually be a better way of capturing the patient’s mood than questions.”

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.