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Lüscher color test

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The Lüscher color test is a psychological test invented by Dr. Max Lüscher in Basel, Switzerland. Max Lüscher believed that sensory perception of color is objective and universally shared by all, but that color preferences are subjective, and that this distinction allows subjective states to be objectively measured by using test colors. Lüscher believed that because the color selections are guided in an unconscious manner, they reveal the person as they really are, not as they perceive themselves or would like to be perceived.

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So this is Dr. Kwesi speaking. I am trained Ophthalmologist and I am Meta-medicine master trainer Meta-Medicine is an integrative approach to health that explains why people get sick and in this video I want to share with you what tools are used to find, to detect the underlying emotional and mental cause of a disease Those who know the meta-medicine's distinctions know that when we experience something shocking in our lives we can react on a physical level and that is the work of the body And meta-medicine is giving understanding so that we can trust the symptoms in our body and dont panic And to understand fully what a disease is about we need to know about emotions and feelings and about the mind, about the beliefs that are behind causing disease I worked with so called Luscher Color Test, developed by Professor Max Luscher in Switzerland This test is 60 years old. During his research in the early 1950's he found out that colors visualize emotions There were lot of research being done - How to identify emotions? and he as a genius found out that certain colors have a physiological impact on our body And he worked with a system with four basic colors- Orange, Green, Blue and Yellow and each of them stands for one distinct emotion and what he found out is that these colors impact our physiology Blue for example makes us feel calm, quiet, relaxed. Red on the other side activates, green gives us inner structure, constriction and yellow just opens up and dilates and that is a physiological reaction that is with every human being He tested it with thousand persons on all 5 continents, that it is universal and how we perceive the color if we dislike it, like it, or indifferent is our subjective perception For example somebody who is in a depressive situation he will not choose orange-red, because orange-red is activating He will choose the blue because he want peace. Somebody who is a maniac, workaholic he would not choose blue Because he need to be relaxed. I need to be active. Relaxation at the moment is not good because I need to be active Somebody who has got OCD, he will choose green. Yellow is too open for him. And somebody who is Schizophrenic, he will choose yellow and not green because green is too narrow So the subjective choice and physiological function both together show psycho-meditative situation That is why Professor Luscher calls the Luscher test an X-Ray of the psyche So when you do the test you find out what is the underlying emotional cause behind the change of the body-the disease and you also get to know the mindset. What is this person thinking and this test is so powerful that it just takes 5-7 mins to make the test There is no distortion through language because we just perceive the colors and he has tested for more then 60 years and this test is absolutely accurate I do not need to ask the client any questions, when I see the test I know why he has this disease So the test can explain why a person has a certain disease from the emotional and mental aspect It does not tell what disease the person has that's very clear distinction So this is to identify the emotion and the mindset behind disease and the Luscher Test is very powerful and just takes 5 mins, very effective and works with everybody, even people who are color blind because they can perceive the brightness of the colors. It also works with them that has also been tested So I invite everybody if you want to get to know more go to the website and you will get more information on how you can use Luscher Color Test in your work



Lüscher believed that personality traits could be identified based on one’s choice of color. Therefore, subjects who select identical color combinations have similar personalities. In order to measure this, he conducted a test in which subjects were shown 8 different colored cards and asked to place them in order of preference. Colors are divided between "basic" (blue, yellow, red, green) and "auxiliary" (violet, brown, grey, and black).

Colors Meanings[1][2]
Blue “Depth of Feeling” passive, concentric, tranquility, calm, tenderness
Green “Elasticity of Will” passive, concentric, defensive, persistence, self-esteem/assertion, pride, control
Red “Force of Will” ex-centric, active aggressive, competitive, action, desire, excitement, sexuality
Yellow “Spontaneity” ex-centric, active, projective, aspiring, expectancy, exhilaration
Violet “Identification” unrealistic/ wishful fulfillment, charm, enchantment
Brown Bodily senses, indicates the body’s condition
Black Nothingness, renunciation, surrender or relinquishment
Grey Non-involvement and concealment

After subjects placed the cards in order from most liked to least liked, they were asked to evaluate the extent to which their personalities matched the descriptive statements formed by Lüscher of each color.

The results of the Lüscher-Color-Diagnostic contain indications pertaining to personal assessment and special, professional recommendations as to how psychological stress and the resulting physical symptoms can be avoided. It also offers additional information for verbal and homeopathic therapy.


The validity of the color test has been questioned. It may be an example of the Barnum effect,[3] where an ostensible personality analysis (actually consisting of vague generalities applicable to the majority of people) is reported to be accurate by subjects who had completed a personality test before reviewing their 'results'. A 1984 comparison of the Lüscher color test and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory found little agreement between the two tests, prompting the authors to urge cautious use of the former.[4] Today, the MMPI is being used as a more valid assessor of personality. Some stand up for the Lüscher color test as providing high accuracy in a non-verbal test involving as few as 8 colors, especially in children.[3]

Selected papers (English only)

  • Adels G. H., Validation of the Luscher-Color-Test as a screening instrument for emotional disturbance in schoolchildren, Diss. Boston University 1978;
  • Braun, Claude M.J; Bonta, James L (1979). "Cross-Cultural Validity, Reliability, and Stimulus Characteristics of the Luscher Color Test". Journal of Personality Assessment. 43 (5): 459–60. doi:10.1207/s15327752jpa4305_3. PMID 512812.
  • Holmes, Cooper B; Buchannan, Jo Ann; Dungan, David S; Reed, Teresa (1986). "The Barnum effect in Luscher color test interpretation". Journal of Clinical Psychology. 42: 133–6. doi:10.1002/1097-4679(198601)42:1<133::AID-JCLP2270420122>3.0.CO;2-7.
  • Klar H., Opium smokers and the psychological and emotional changes after smoking. Medico, Boehringer Mannheim, 1964, N. 1;
  • Klar H., Obesity in the Light of the Colour Test, Riv.Medico, Boehringer Mannheim, 1961, N.3;
  • Kopp, Maria S (1984). "Electrodermal characteristics in psychosomatic patient groups". International Journal of Psychophysiology. 2 (2): 73–85. doi:10.1016/0167-8760(84)90001-1. PMID 6542917.
  • Kopp, M. S; Korányi, L (1982). "Autonomic and psychologic correlates in hypertension and duodenal ulcer". The Pavlovian journal of biological science. 17 (4): 178–87. PMID 7155647.
  • Lie N., A prospective-longitudinal study of adolescents: A review of projective methods selected for epidemiological research. Stockholm: Karolinska Institutet, 1979 (Lüscher-Test pp103–123); OCLC 186952685
  • Lie, Nils; Ford, C. V (1988). "Boys who became offenders". Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 77 (1): 1–6. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0447.1988.tb10569.x. PMID 3279719.
  • Lie, N. (1994). "Offenders tested with projective methods prior to the first offense". British Journal of Projective Psychology. 39 (1): 23–34.
  • Lie, N.; Murarasu, D. (1996). "Prediction of criminality with the Lüscher Color Test. Is the Lüscher Color Test a possible instrument". Journal of Preventive Medicine. 4 (1): 47–51.
  • Lie, N.; Haeggernes, A. (1997). "Precriminal personality traits: A 20-year follow-up of boys and girls, who became lawbreakers". Buletin de Pshiatrie Integrativa. 3: 59–68.
  • Murarasu D. Cosma M., The Psycho-social Relationships evaluated by Lüscher-Color-Test applied in subjects having predominant neuropsychical tasks. Institut of Medical Research, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania;
  • Schutt D., Perceived Accuracy of Luscher Color Test Interpretation Ratings. California State University Los Angeles, 1999. 1544 Catalina Ave, Pasadena CA 91104-2406, USA
  • Picco, Richard D; Dzindolet, Mary T (2016). "Examining the Lüscher Color Test". Perceptual and Motor Skills. 79 (3 Pt 2): 1555–8. doi:10.2466/pms.1994.79.3f.1555. PMID 7870544.
  • Donnelly, Frank A (2016). "The Luscher Color Test: A Validity Study". Perceptual and Motor Skills. 44: 17. doi:10.2466/pms.1977.44.1.17.


  1. ^ Hoss, Robert and Hoffman, Curtiss. Does Dream Color Reflect Emotion?  A Long Term Journaling study(pdf), International ASD Psiber Dreaming Conference 2004, International Association for the Study of Dreams.
  2. ^ "The Lüscher Color Test". Sewanee University. Archived from the original on 27 November 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  3. ^ a b Badalian, L. O; Mastiukova, E. M; Korabel'Nikova, E. A (1995). "The use of the Lüscher color test for assessing the emotional status of children and adolescents with an organic central nervous system lesion and borderline psychopathology". Zhurnal nevrologii i psikhiatrii imeni S.S. Korsakova. 95 (5): 44–7. PMID 8585376.
  4. ^ Holmes, C. B; Wurtz, P. J; Waln, R. F; Dungan, D. S; Joseph, C. A (1984). "Relationship between the Luscher Color Test and the MMPI". Journal of Clinical Psychology. 40 (1): 126–8. PMID 6746918.

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