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16 November 2009 @ 10:38 am
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When we're feeling sad or down, we say we're feeling blue. What colors go with other moods? Happy? Tired? Excited? Angry? ... others?
I'm feeling: curiouscurious
Randy Smithrandysmith on November 16th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
The obvious ones: seeing red, green with envy, yellow (cowardice).
fanwfanw on November 16th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Feeling "blue"
"Green" with envy
Seeing "red"
"Yellow" = cowardly

don't know anything for orange or purple!
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on November 16th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)

Orange you glad to see me?
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B.K. DeLongbkdelong on November 16th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Off the top of my head through varying associations of color (as opposed to current usage of slang in language) -

Happy - Yellow
Tired - Brown
Excited - Pink
Angry - Red
Depressed - Black
Active - Green
Mischievous - Indigo
Peaceful - Orange

Edited at 2009-11-16 03:48 pm (UTC)
Rowan: Fallmzrowan on November 16th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
You can also be in a black mood, although then we get into the debate over whether black is a colour. ;-)
Rowan: Fallmzrowan on November 16th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I think most people would understand roughly what you meant if you said, "I'm feeling grey," (which to me is best described as the stayed-up-all-night sketched-out kinda feeling).
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גילנהgilana on November 16th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
In the pink!
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on November 16th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
without thinking or peeking, these are my associations
Green = envy, red = passion (either anger or lust), yellow = cowardly.

White: calm and loving
Blue: down/depressed, but also reminds me of water, and so reminds me of deep emotions.
Black: in a black mood = angry and depressed at the same time, maybe?
Orange doesn't have a canonical mood association for me but almost always seems happy and bright. Purple likewise doesn't, but always seems creative.
pumpkin_pi on November 16th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
I seem to remember there being some kind of thing about green M&Ms and horniness.
whynotkaywhynotkay on November 16th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Doesn't this depend on culture? For example, white is the traditional color used for mourning in China, and red for luck/happiness. I bet they don't associate red with anger, but I could be totally wrong.
Preraphaelitepreraphaelite on November 16th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Tickled pink!
jordanwillow: cabiria smilingjordanwillow on November 16th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Always kind of loved thinking about anxiety as the "mean reds." From Breakfast at Tiffany's: The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid and you don't know what you're afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?
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the independent republic of nopantsistanfraterrisus on November 16th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
well, there's the classic psychological data that certain colors provoke certain moods (which is what leads to Hospital Interior Green walls), but i think that's backwards from what you're thinking of.

i knew some folks who used "beige" as the ultimate indicator of mediocrity, boredom, or the dead middle of any spectrum. "How you feeling today?" "Kinda beige."
the independent republic of nopantsistanfraterrisus on November 16th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
also, this is sort of cheating, but http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_symbolism_and_psychology

ETA: which is an OH MY GOD terribly written WP article in DESPERATE need of editing.

Edited at 2009-11-16 06:42 pm (UTC)
veek on November 16th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
For me, it often depends on the season. In the spring and summer, green == sunny, fresh, airy, free.

Yeah, I've got the same conditioning as many other people about envy, cowardice, passion etc., but often colors correlate with moods in my head based on their luminosity, not their hue.
born from jets!!!: catVcatness on November 16th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Looks like your other commenters have covered all the phrases in use for colors. For me, personally, I find that the absence of color is best for me in terms of mood.

Bright colors (with the exception of bright purple) almost always cause me low level stress and make me uncomfortable. (For instance, the default of your LJ makes want to look ANYWHERE else on my computer screen, or better yet, at something not a computer at all.) Very dark instances of bright colors seem to be okay, as long as there's only one of those dark colors inhabiting otherwise neutral space.

Tan and other shades of light brown always leave me feeling dissatisfied on their own. They can be used okay with other neutrals, though.

When I see something that is dark or gunmetal grey colored, I always like whatever it is WAY beyond normal levels of "like". Sometimes it will take me awhile to figure it out, too. "Wow, that house on the corner is totally beat. Why do I think it's so cool?" 3 days later... "Oh, right. GREY."

Shiny seems to overcome my innate loathing of bright color. If it's red, but *metallic*, I'll like it. I won't necessarily decorate my room with it, but I'll *like* it. WTH is up with that?
Ellenkeyne on November 16th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
From a favorite song:

"... Blue is much too bright to be the way I feel these days.
'Cause blue is sky -- blue is sea;
Grey is nothing, just like me.
I think of how it used to be,
And it sure gives me the greys."