The psychology of red

Thursday, December 12, 2013


  People usually have pretty strong reactions to the color red, they either love it or hate it.
My feelings are mixed. 
It was actually quite enlightening to read about the psychology of the color red. 
I found out that if I were any color it would be red.
Red is the color of physical movement. It excites emotions and motivates us to take action.
Other positives...confident, powerful, assertive, strong...all me
Negatives...aggressive, domineering, angry, quick tempered and intolerant...all me.
So now do you see why my feelings are mixed?
There's a lot to love  and a lot to hate.
How do you feel about Red?



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15 Responses to “The psychology of red”

Lyn said...

Red really depends on my mood, which tone of red it is and what it is in red.. It depends on various things :p
But since you can relate to the positives and negatives, I can imagine you have a difficult (maybe even love-hate relationship) with red..
Like you're wearing red now, just a few touches, I like it :) haven't seen you in a red dress or something so about that I can't say my opinion! But in the end, it is all your choice ;) xx

Angelika said...

Red is totally my personal mood booster!

Live-Style20 said...

super style!! ;>>

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Daniella said...

I know exactly what you mean about red! If you had asked me a couple of years ago I'd of probably said I wasn't all that keen on red but now I've come to appreciate the power of this striking colour. I love your shoes, they are so chic and the way you've styled this whole outfit is awesome! :)

Take care,
Daniella xox

Unknown said...

i think you know my feelings about the color red…..which is why i lurveeeee this ensemble. those vintage shoes are like heaven in a shoe form and obviously loving the monochromatic black…..perfection upon perfection!

Lauren said...

I love the red shoes! I had no idea about the psychology of the color, but I guess that's why it IS the perfect color in moderation :)

Unknown said...

Oh...those SHOES, Sheree!! Not just the colour, but that amazing "scalloped" detail!! I actually really like red; I just don't like to wear it...and now I think I might know why!! It's everything I'm not, but many things I'd like to be!! ;)

Always Maylee said...

You look so amazing. These pants make your legs look super long and skinny! Love the red shoes too.

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Unknown said...

I once heard that wearing red makes you stand out from the crowd, I love it and wear it all the time, who wants to blend in?!

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Have I told you how much I love your blog? I found it only a couple of weeks ago and you inspired me to go out and look for a great vintage piece of my own and I found a fantastic pink jacket with 3/4 sleeves and violet flowers all over the jacket! So thanks to you for that.
The color red - did you know that the color red increases appetite? That's why you see red in many restaurants, think Chinese restaurants. So, that makes me a red color too, if I were a color. Actually red has always been my fav color, ever since my parents let me decorate my room and I chose red shag carpet and pink walls. Oy!

One Tick to Be Sick said...

I've always been a bit intimidated by reds, especially since, like you mentioned, they can sometimes be associated with aggression.

It's pretty obvious from just thinking about the marketing on Valentine's Day alone, though, how we mainly choose to see the color of red: as an aspect of romance. There are so many psychology studies out there concerning how we perceive red and romance, as well as why we actually find others more attractive when clad in red (which may be more related to biology).

To be truthful, I'm always in awe of women who can wear red. I really do think it shows their confidence and wonder if the red they're wearing is what's maybe upping their confidence.

Anonymous said...

Haha. Red is a great color, and I happen to like being around strong and assertive women ;) Great look!


Unknown said...

I love the colour red! I wont wear it everyday but definitively its a must in my wardrope xoxo

Diva In Me said...

I guess mine is kind of like yours too. When I'm angry, I would pick red. When I'm positive and needed the confidence, I would pick red too. Most of all, I love red cos it's definitely outstanding =)

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