Color Preferences Of The Insane

colorwheelDoes a shift towards favoring yellow, and then orange, occur among the mentally disturbed? This was the finding of an admittedly questionable 1931 study on the link between aesthetic preference and insanity. (Purple must be beyond all reason.) Via Neatorama:

The year 1931 stands out in the history of research about insane people’s favorite colors. That summer, Siegfried E. Katz of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Hospital published a study called “Color Preference in the Insane.” The full citation is:

“Color Preference in the Insane,” Siegfried E. Katz, Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, vol. 26, no. 2, July 1931, pp. 203–11.

Assisted by a Dr. Cheney, Dr. Katz tested 134 hospitalized mental patients. For simplicity’s sake, he limited the testing to six colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. No black. No white. No shades of gray.

“These colors,” he wrote, “rectangular in shape, one and one-half inches square, cut from Bradley colored papers were pasted in two rows on a gray cardboard. They were three inches apart. The colors were numbered haphazardly and the number of each color placed above it. The cardboard was presented to the patient and he was asked to place his finger on the number of the color he liked best. After he had made the choice he was asked in a similar manner for the next best color, and so on.”

Blue was the most popular color. Men, in the aggregate, then favored green, but the female patients were divided on green, red or violet as a second choice.

Patients who had resided in the hospital for three or more years were slightly less emphatic about blue. Dr. Katz says that these long-term guests were “those with most marked mental deterioration.” Their preference, as a group, shifted somewhat toward green and yellow. Those of longest tenure, though few in number, had a slightly elevated liking for orange.

21 Comments on "Color Preferences Of The Insane"

  1. This doesn’t fit at all with Icke’s sudden obsession with teal.

  2. This doesn’t fit at all with Icke’s sudden obsession with teal.

  3. John Ohno | Dec 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm |

    This doesn’t fit at all with Icke’s sudden obsession with teal.

  4. Gaily Moore | Dec 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm |

    I know someoone who took their own life, they were hung up on orange at the time, but then he wasa heroin addict and all the free syringes had orange tops, I thought that might have been a connection. Possiblities seem endless.

  5. Gaily Moore | Dec 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm |

    I know someoone who took their own life, they were hung up on orange at the time, but then he wasa heroin addict and all the free syringes had orange tops, I thought that might have been a connection. Possiblities seem endless.

  6. LoonyLoony | Dec 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm |

    Well that settles it, I’m crazy. 

    Time to go smoke my medication. 😉

  7. LoonyLoony | Dec 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm |

    Well that settles it, I’m crazy. 

    Time to go smoke my medication. 😉

  8. DeepCough | Dec 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm |

    What?! Blue is my favorite color, and that makes me insane? Not even the quacks today would this monkey shit.

  9. DeepCough | Dec 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm |

    What?! Blue is my favorite color, and that makes me insane? Not even the quacks today would this monkey shit.

  10. Anonymous | Dec 7, 2011 at 12:05 am |

    No, that makes you sane. Insane people like yellow and orange.

  11. DeepCough | Dec 7, 2011 at 12:07 am |

    Oh.

  12. “Color Preference in the Insane”
    that would the color combo
    red, white and blue

  13. BuzzCoastin | Dec 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm |

    “Color Preference in the Insane”
    that would be the color combo
    red, white and blue

  14. This sucks…. I have seriously been drawn to yellows lately… generally mustard, but still…

  15. Jamie Cox | Dec 7, 2011 at 4:05 am |

    This sucks…. I have seriously been drawn to yellows lately… generally mustard, but still…

  16. Anarchy Pony | Dec 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm |

    I like green, does that mean I’m okay?

  17. Anarchy Pony | Dec 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm |

    I like green, does that mean I’m okay?

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