Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: Colour Psychology #amwriting #flashfiction #magenta


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Jade M. Wong
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Sally and Georgia were at the local museum. The museum had an exhibit on colour psychology that both girls found fascinating.

They paused at a large diamond-like structure made of hard plastic magenta. “What’s this?” Both girls said.

“It looks as if it could be a pensive from Harry Potter,” Georgia said. “The sides of the diamond could open up and you could dip your head in.” 

Sally rolled her eyes, “I don’t think that has anything to do with colour psychology. I read that Magenta is made of both red and violet. It has the ‘passion, power, and energy of red [but is] restrained by [violet’s] introspection and quiet energy.’ ” 

“Interesting,” Georgie said reading the same plaque. ” Magenta is a colour concerned with ‘change and transformation. [It releases] old emotional patterns [which] prevent personal and spiritual development. [Magenta] aids [people] moving forward.'”

“Do you honestly think that’s true?” Sally asked.

“Well it is true people are drawn to certain colours for specific reasons. Sometimes it’s preference, other times colours help fulfill an emotional need for peace or something more colourful and bold,” Georgia remarked.

A preteen boy passed by the women gazing at the diamond. “Why the hell is there a pink diamond here? Who cares about colours anyways,” he said to his Mom who gave him a reproving look.

The women peered at the boy. “It’s Magenta,” Sally said. “Not pink, pink has no purple or blue in it; it’s a tint.” 

The boy’s eyes glazed over.

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For more information on colour theory for Magenta, please visit the source of my quotations here. 

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved

39 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: Colour Psychology #amwriting #flashfiction #magenta

    1. Hehe. Yeah men/boys are usually not too much for special colour names beyond a few. I think it’s because they see colour differently, they don’t get the ranges women get in colour hen they see. Thanks for reading 💕

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      1. Yeah I know I learned it in an interior design course on colour.

        Men especially but some women as well and as people age sometimes they don’t see colours as clearly. It’s why for instance you and your daughter, or especially you and say your grandson, might call a colour differently. So you say teal, he says green. Your daughter might see it and say no it’s blue-green or just a kind of blue.

        Also, men being able to see colours not as well, is why some of them (and only men) end up fully or partially colour blind. But what’s neat is there is actually surgery to fix this now. My friend’s husband had it and was pretty amazed at what colours around him actually looked like.

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    1. Thank you Isadora. This one kind of had me stumped. Yes pink diamonds are very beautiful and in vogue I agree. I guess the boy doesn’t think much about things coloured magenta (red-violet) or pink (red and white) it doesn’t much matter to him as it does to the ladies.

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    1. Haha. Maybe not his fault. Men for the most part, see colours more simply than women. That’s why anything resembling blue is always blue and not Santorini or sky blue etc… Many women in fact also see colours differently, depending on age and their skills set (men with skills as well). There is genetically reasons a painter for instance, can see different kinds of colours or an interior designer. As well, One women will look at a scarf and say it’s lavender, the other violet, or light purple. We all see colours slightly differently and call them slightly different things or some see more white in something while others see more purple or blue. It’s good to know colour theory it helps. But you never know what the person beside you is actually seeing 🙂 Thanks for reading Christopher!

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  1. I love the colour psychology you’ve included. It’s an area I’ve always found fascinating. I’ve known a few people (and not only boys!) whose eyes have glazed over when I’ve tried to explain it to them! Great story, Mandi. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Louise. I did a certificate in interior design. One of my favourite courses was all on colour theory and psychology. It was actually a difficult course it quite fascinating in terms of both art and how colours affect people.

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  2. Men are so basic sometimes they are not interested in the same kind of detail that women are. I think most men go for basic colors when it comes to clothing. I often wonder what a study of that would show. I think color is one of the great pleasures of life and it’s wonderful to learn that an operation would correct a deficiency in recognizing different colors. I was unaware that this type of operation is available now. Thanks to Sir Isaac Newton for the inventing the first color wheel. Great post, Mandi. I enjoyed it. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Lucky (Jessie). I haven’t researched the surgery, but my good friends husband had it. I believe it’s a recent innovation. Adam was quite amazed after the surgery. I imagine it was somewhat like Dorothy stepping into the land of the munchkins.

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