Color Red

Color Red PsychologyThe psychology of the color red, what is its meaning and how does it affect us. If red is your favorite color or you drive a red car what does it imply about you and your personality?

The color red is a primary color and it is associated with passion, desire, energy and determination. Red is a color which stands out and it can also imply danger.

Red is often shown in fiction as a color connected with evilness and bad. In many fictional stories red is often used to visually enhance the effect of evil characters such as having red eyes.

Red is also often associated with femininity, it’s usually a more popular color choice by women.

What does it mean to wear red or drive a red car

It could suggest that somebody is extroverted, not shy and that they like attention and being noticed, possibly an attention seeker. It could also mean somebody wants to appear more attractive, they care a great deal about their appearance. Displaying red maybe an expression of having high energy levels and being physically capable. Perhaps looking to intimidate others and they probably have a competitive nature. It would suggest a person places high value on expressing themselves.

An introverted, reserved and inward thinking person may choose a red car because it’s one of the most visible and safest colors for a car. This would suggest someone was practical and rational in their thinking with little interest in outside opinions.

Your personality if red is your favorite color

  • You have high levels of physical energy, you’re probably into fitness and sports and you take care of your body.
  • You have a strong desire to win and be the best, very competitive and ambitious.
  • You are a passionate person and sex is a very important part of your life.
  • You struggle with waiting for things, impatient, you want things instantly, you often give in to instant gratification.
  • You are often impulsive, often acting before thinking, relying heavily on your intuition.Color red psychology & meaning
  • You like to travel and explore the physical world.
  • You have a short attention span, always looking for a new challenge.
  • You like to be in control of things or people and you seek power over your life, or power in general.
  • You have a need to be the center of attention and you often get it because of your drive and energy which is attractive to people.
  • You can easily be angered and turn aggressive, this is a negative that can come from having high levels of physical energy.

Positive traits and influences of red

Energy

Being exposed to the color red is believed to cause increased heart rate and breathing which can naturally cause our energy levels to increase.

Passion

Red has strong connections to desire, lust and sexuality. When somebody is dressed in red they are often seen as more attractive.

Intimidation

I recently read a study that was looking into the color of uniforms that sport players wear. The team that had a red uniform had a psychological effect on the other team. This effect was intimidation due to the more aggressive appearance. While the effect was small the psychologists seemed convinced that the team wearing red had a slight psychological advantage.

Negative traits and influencesColor Red Personality & Affects

Aggression

Because red is such a noticeable and powerful color, it can cause irritation and even anger and encourage seeking revenge for something. Combine this irritation and anger with increased energy levels and it can cause aggression.

Danger

Bright colors are often used as warnings, red is an attention grabber which makes people more alert. Certain animals also display red as a sign, warning others of danger and to stay away.

The different shades of red

Dark Red – less aggressive and energetic, more controlled and thoughtful. It also links to willpower, courage and malice.

Light Red – less serious, more playful, sensitivity.

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2 Comments

  1. V said:

    Very useful information!

    July 18, 2017
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  2. Pramoud Rao said:

    Agree in toto.. I love red and all what you mentioned is absolutely my nature and style

    October 22, 2017
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