Aversion to Certain Colors
An Aversion to Green
Confession time: I have a strange aversion to the color green. I always knew I didn’t like it much; or noticed I’d rather not wear anything green; or didn’t decorate the house with it; but just wasn’t aware why.
My poor husband didn’t see it coming. He didn’t notice that I don’t wear green. What men really notice what their wives do or don’t wear anyway; especially early in the marriage? He didn’t think anything of it that I had no green furniture or décor. He thought he was helping when he noticed we needed a new trashcan and went out to buy one. You should have seen his proud face, marching in when that horrible green trash can. I wasn’t cruel, believe me. I just wasn’t happy. I thought, ewww, ugly, and took it back to the store to exchange it for a white one. Later he brought home a plastic laundry basket, green, and I refused to use it. This time he was a little miffed that I exchanged it for a white one. (Those were my only choices, white or green). The following year he brought home a new princess phone… you guessed it, green. That’s when the fight started.
What's Wrong With Me?
He actually yelled at me and asked what was wrong with me, and asked what was wrong with green. For the first time, I began to wonder, what was wrong with me? Am I weird? Am I possessed? What IS wrong with green? It’s not like he bought me a blouse or something and insisted I wear it. It was a laundry basket, a trashcan and a phone for crying out loud. Not having the money for a therapist meant I had to figure it out for myself.
Do you have an aversion to one color over the others?
I had to dig deep and try remembering every thing that was associated with green. Trips to the mountains; no that’s not it. That still fills me with wonderful memories and good feelings.
Dad's Work Truck
Dad’s work truck was green, but that couldn’t be the problem. I didn’t have any bad memories in Dad’s truck. I was hardly ever taken anywhere in it anyway.
Mom decorated with lavenders and yellows. The kitchen was decorated with greens in the curtains and fruit wall hangings. But nothing that would give me bad feelings or memories.
Not the Right Car But the Right Color
This self-assessment took months but I was convinced I needed to get to the bottom of it. What could it be? The school, no. The church, no. Friends, no. Family, no.
It took a while but finally, I remember several summers in a row when we used to take weekend trips to a nearby lake (a two-hour drive) to camp and water ski. I learned to water ski the first summer and really enjoyed my trips there. It was the drive that wasn’t that pleasant. My uncle drove us in his dark green Pontiac with a dark green interior. I was a short kid about 10 years old, and the seats were set low so that I couldn’t even see out of the windows, side or front. Every single trip I got carsick and had to throw up at least once before we arrived. Once I held on as long as I could but ended up letting it GO in the back seat. My uncle was very unhappy with me and yelled at me to let him know next time. After that, we had to pull over every weekend, sometimes twice, to let me puke.
The Power of Color
Makes Me Sick
The only reason I can couple my aversion together with this ongoing incident is that the sight of that green trashcan, laundry basket, and phone made me feel sick to my stomach. I wanted to puke. When I told my husband the story he was very sympathetic and asked why I never told him about this aversion. The reason: I wasn’t really aware of it myself!
I realize this is all psychological, in my head, and now that I can put it together, I feel much better about it. I may buy something green someday… or not. Why risk never wanting to be near it in case I have to puke?
Just some of the possible reasons you may have an aversion to one color or another. These are by no means comprehensive and, as in my case, there may be some other underlying reason you hate one color over the others.
According to studies people with an aversion to red and too impulsive, too aggressive, or have a problem with people who show these traits. It can also show some hidden fears and oversensitivity to their own aggressive tendencies.
People who express an aversion to orange have a fear of their own sexual feelings or suppression of their own sexual enjoyment. They may also have an over-sensual, indulgent or materialistic attitude.
A person who has an aversion to yellow may be disappointed and bitter in life or their life circumstances. They may show a tendency to avoid or change relationships often and rationalize their own feelings. They may have only superficial relationships and constantly changing activities.
A person having an aversion to green may show more independence and self-reliance importance than family situations. They may prefer to keep a distance with relationships and even sexual relationships.
People with aversions to blue may be strongly self-reliant, career minded and disciplined. They may have charted out and planned their own career and life with clear direction.
According to studies, a person who has an aversion for violet may have serious attitudes about life and spiritual things. They may find it difficult to dream, to have fantasies or spiritual life. They may have a tendency to rejection and reject everything or anything that they deem as unnatural or unrealistic.
An aversion to black may come from a fear of the unknown, or fear of the abuse of power. People with this aversion desire to be free from all kinds of dependency, hindrances, and blockages; to be able to throw off shackles.
Color Theory and Color Therapy
I find colors and color theory very interesting. I’m an artist and I use color every day. I paint, sketch, create, decorate with color all the time. I don’t mind putting green into paintings if the scene calls for it but I would rather not live with it, buy a green car or talk on a green phone.
Color therapists believe that certain colors are soothing to the mentally ill and the sick and healing. Blue has been proven to have a very calming effect and that is one reason why surgical garb has converted to blue. A patient could be very on edge knowing they are going under the knife but tend to be calmer seeing the entire surgical staff in a calm blue. Studies show that a person with a fever will naturally have a reduction of fever when placed in a blue room.