Shades of You: Favorite Colors and Personality

By Marcia Bender

Color is such an important part of our daily lives that we rarely think about it. Each individual has certain colors that they gravitate toward, in dress, home decoration, jewelry, and countless other areas of life. There are also colors that we instinctively do not respond to, colors that “turn us off” or that we avoid. This month, I would like to have some fun with color as it relates to our individual personalities. I came across a study that was done in the late 1940s by Dr. Audrey Kargere and Farber Birren, and find it very relevant to the more intense studies of color that are taking place in the 21st Century.

Before you read any further, it is important that you select your favorite color from the following list. You probably have many colors that you like, but for this study you must pick only one. Black and white are not on this list, as white is the blending of all color and black is the absence of color. Here are your choices: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and brown. Now we will look briefly at what your color choice says about you, some famous people in history that had your color as their favorite color, and who your best choices are for relationships, friendship and business compatibility. After you have read this article, have your friends and loved ones choose a favorite color and see if they blend with your choice.

Color and Personality

Red: Red is the color of the extrovert and the freedom-loving adventurer. You are impulsive, courageous, vigorous, and action loving. You care deeply about humanity and often “bleed” for the plight of others. Life means a lot to you, and you want to live it to the fullest. Boredom will defeat you, and you want your existence filled with thrilling and exciting events. Historical figures who chose red as their favorite colors include Lord Byron, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Your best match is another red or an orange. You can get along with a green personality, but a blue would be difficult for you.

Orange: This personality usually has a great love of life and wants the best of everything in food, personal surroundings, etc. You are very social and do not like to be alone. This is a very physical/material personality and people are attracted to your fluidity of speech, amazing smile, wonderful laugh, and quick sense of humor. This social personality often likes to “play the field” and doesn’t like to settle down to a single mate. Historical figures who share your love of orange include F.D. Roosevelt, Falstaff, P.T. Barnum, and Mark Twain. Your best match is one of your own color, with whom you could play for a lifetime. A blue type would be relaxing for you and give you peace and more spirituality.

Yellow: Yellow is the color of the intellectual and idealist. You are a pure personality, with an intellectual mind, but more of a doer than a dreamer. This person has big ideas and plans designed to work for the world and for the betterment of humankind. You want the admiration of others, are a safe friend, and a loyal, reliable confidant—a born evangelist and philosopher with a great love of humanity. You are in the company of Buddha, Confucius, Spinoza, and Kant. Your best match is one of your own hue or purple, but you are able to get along with any color type.

Green: Green is nature’s color and gives you a universal viewpoint with the ability to understand the problems of others, and to be tolerant, and liberal. Your mind is clear and without prejudices. You fall in love easily and find yourself attracted to many. You gravitate towards money and are courageous but never reckless. There is a little of all things in your personality and education is very important to you. People will be drawn to you and will love you once they get to know you, even though you are often stubborn and like people to agree with your opinions. Green personalities make wonderful mates and can get along with any color, though red might be your best choice. People who share your love of green are; Shakespeare, Anatole France, and Will Rogers.

Blue: Blue is the choice of the conservative, shy, and often introverted personality. You are sensitive to others but often keep a secure hold on your emotions and your enthusiasms. You like things to “be as they should be” and if you do something that you think might be wrong, your conscience will bother you. You are a good student, have sound judgment, and a deep sense of responsibility. You often make mountains out of molehills and are cautious in dress, words, and action. Blue is a born executive and a leader of people. You often have a hard time letting go of things and cannot tolerate people you think act in an immature manner. You make a perfect best friend. You share your color preference with; Coolidge, Washington, Franklin, and Lindberg. Your best choice of a mate is another blue or a green, but you are often drawn to red and orange and then spend your time trying to change their personalities.

Purple: You are unusual and exclusive and often a mystery to yourself and to others. Artistic people are drawn to this color and they are usually quite unusual in personality. Purple people are generally blessed by a true sense of values and genius is often found here. One of their greatest charms lies in the sublime quality of their minds, and they have a great wisdom which they do not attempt to force on others. They are adjustable, but do not merely give in to others; rather, they reconcile themselves to the things that they must deal with. They are easy to live with and if you know them intimately they will hide little from you. Other purple people are; Voltaire, Pasteur, Jefferson, and Edgar Allen Poe. Purple can get along with all other colors in relationships, but yellow makes the ideal mate. Humanity is drawn to the mystic of the purple personality.

Brown: If you choose brown, you are substantial, dependable, steady, and conservative. You are the rock of Gibraltar once you have made up your mind about something. There is an ageless quality about you, and people that know you say that you never change an opinion or act impulsively. You are a responsibility bearer and no task is too difficult for you to conquer. This is an excellent color for business and people think that you are wise and trustworthy. You buy things on the basis of quality, like good, plain food, and do nothing in excess. You share your love of brown with Rabelais, Dickens, and Clarence Darrow. You make a wonderful partner for someone who will appreciate your nature and your best choices are orange and green.

Now, do you know a bit more about yourself, children, and loved ones than when you started? If you are curious about my personal choice, I am a purple all the way, with a little blue around the edges.

And remember, Knowledge is the Greatest Power, so Walk in the Light.

Marcia began her career as a school teacher, working with preschool through inner city high school students. She has worked with all aspects of Metaphysics for over 40 years and specializes in Tarot and Numerology. Marcia’s clients and students are in every state and throughout Europe. Marcia has taught over 400 students to “read” the Tarot for the purpose of self-guidance and to use the powerful symbolism of the Tarot to reach higher levels of spirituality. Her column, Spiritually Speaking, originally ran for 8 years in Attitudes Magazine. Email


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