Lüscher’s Color Personality Test

I am looking for new work contracts at the moment, meanwhile, I have come across a few interesting things during the “finding a job” process.

Lüscher’s Color Personality Test

On Monday, one of my interviews will involve the “Lusher’s Colour Personality Test”.

I am a sucker for all sorts of tests and always want to get the highest score. Once I knew about it, I decided to find out more.

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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The background

The ordinary Lüscher test is carried out by placing the eight cards of different colors in front of the test subject. He is asked to choose the color, he likes best and take this card off. Then he chooses among the remaining cards the color, which he now like best, and thus he continues, until all the cards have been taken.

Then all the cards are placed on the table again, and the whole procedure is repeated.

In case of doubt the psychologist will emphasize the second time, because it is considered to be more impulsive.

A test result, where first and second time are exactly identical or almost identical, will be interpreted as “emotional inflexibility and rigid attitude to life”.

There is also an extended Lüscher color test, which includes many more cards and probably more complex rules of interpretation.


Basic Colors and Auxiliary colors

The Lüscher test distinguish between basic colors and auxiliary colors. The basic colors represent mainly good personal features, while the auxiliary colors represent less good personality features.

The basic colors are blue, green, red and yellow, while the auxiliary colors are grey, violet, brown and black.

If a test person does not have the four basic colors among his five first choices, it will indicate some psychological problems. According to Lüscher, a person who is healthy, normal balanced and free of conflicts and repressions, necessarily must have the four basic colors among his first five choices.

For example, if he does not have yellow among his top five colors, it will indicate that he is short of spontaneity or the possibility of spontaneity, may be he believes that spontaneity will not benefit him in his present situation.

Preference for the so-called achromatic auxiliary colors, grey, brown or black, indicates a negative attitude toward life. If one of these colors appears as one of the first three choices, it will suggest a special form of anxiety compensating behavior that is not normal.

The test subject must not be influenced by the colors of clothes, which he thinks would suit him, or what color of car he prefers. He must only consider the colors that lies in front of him.

It can not be denied that colors affect our psyche. There is something about it.

But the problem with the test is probably that in general it is not possible for test subjects to abstract completely from the colors of their favorite clothes, cars and furniture and colors that represent their dreams and aspirations. For example, someone wants to support efforts to preserve the rain forest, what makes them pick green. Someone is active in the home defense army or dreaming about a military career, which causes them to pick out typical camouflage colors, green, grey or brown. A yachtsman might prefer blue. Some dream of a business career and envisions black suits and black Mercedes, which causes them to choose black. One is in love with a girl, last seen in a red dress, and therefore prefer red, and so on.

It must be said that the Lüscher colors are some pretty muddled colors, which it is difficult really to like.

Basic Colors

Lüscher blue is a very dark shade, as it is imagined the night sky looks like just after sunset, a mixture of blue-black and violet.
The green is also a fairly dark shade, it is also called grey-turquoise. It is far from the color of the newly sprouted beech forest that we love.
Lüscher red is actually not at all red. It is orange, and so it is also called so in much Lüscher literature. In no way it is red as blood.
Only yellow is a clear and beautiful color.

Auxiliary Colors

Violet is a shade between blue-red and violet-red.
Brown is a light reddish brown.
The grey color contains a little brown.
Black is truly black.

Each color is identified by a number, which will be used as input for interpretation tables provided. The numbers are thus very important for the understanding of the test.

The meaning of the colors and combinations

Grey occurs statistically most frequently in sixth position. It can occur also in the fifth or 7 position without being abnormal, but in all other positions, it will be psychologically significant.
Grey is not a color, it is neither light nor dark, it is completely free of stimulus and psychological tendencies. The color grey signals emotional coolness.

Whoever chooses grey in the first position wishes to remain free of obligations, and not involved. He attends only mechanicaly and artificially in social contexts.

Grey on the first place is completely compensating, which arises from the anxiety that comes from the rejected colors.
A person who chooses grey in second place, divides the world. One part consists of the compensating and exaggerated area represented by the color on the first place. The second part consists essentially of all the other options, as represented by the colors that he defends himself against or suppress for anxiety that he could become involved in them. However, it is like this that the color on third position following the grey at the second position, represents the only way he wants to experience. He is short of ability to act on immediate experiences and has a feeling of inner meaninglessness.
Even with grey on the third position is the imbalance between the favorite colors on the two first places and the colors after the grey so loaded with tension, that the first two colors should be interpretet as compensations and thus obsessive substitutes for imperfections or defects, and the anxiety arising from them. For example, if the first two colors are 3 – 4 (orange – yellow), then it means that he compensates for his anxiety through expansive activity. He will have to continuously expand his radius of action and still experience something new in order to convince himself that something is happening. Basically there is nothing that really means something for him, but he does not know, and he has the greatest aversion to find out. In order to soothe his anxiety and uneasiness he seeks continuously new experiences.
The person, who chooses grey in eighth position rejects not-involvement. He wants to participate in everything, with the result that others find him curious and intrusive. He is not afraid to commit himself, because he does not want to miss anything.

Blue is psychologically significant, if it not occurs on any of the the first four places.

Blue represents depth of emotions and concern for the self. It is a conservative color that indicates a preference for the well-known.

The person who chooses blue in the first position wants emotional peace, harmony, contentment, peace in his soul and an ethical attitude to life. He needs to feel confidence in people, who are close to him, and feel that they trust him. A person who chooses blue, want calmness and orderly surroundings. He may also choose blue in the first position from a physical need for rest and relaxation and the opportunity to regenerate.
When blue is rejected, that is selected in the sixth, seventh or eighth position, it would indicate that the need for peace of mind and trust in close relations are not satisfied, which is cause of anxiety. Maybe the person rejects close relationships with colleagues and family because he finds them boring, restrictive, depressing and oppressive. He wants to escape. Perhaps he does it in real life, changes jobs or gets a divorce. However, if he can not escape physically, he can do it mentally by fleeing into one or another compensatory activity. Rejected blue means therefore a desire to “liberate one self from the shackles”, which can result in restlessness and emotional turmoil.

Rejected blue can result in a compensatory choice of green. It is often seen at young people, who want to free themselves from family.

Rejected blue can also mean that the person chooses orange in the first position as compensation. This choice may indicate that the person wants to escape from his dull life by passionate behavior and or by sexual promiscuity, it’s called the Don Juan complex. If the person can not accept sexual promiscuity as compensation, he may choose to embark on perilous activity for example, mountain climbing, racing or similar.

A person can reject blue and choose yellow as compensation. This choice will indicate that the person is restlessly searching for a solution to his problems. He can search for practical solutions or seek philosophical and religious ways to relieve his situation.

Green is psychologically significant, when it does not occurs in second, third or fourth position.

Green expresses itself psychologically as the will in action, as endurance and perseverance. Passion for green indicates stable attitudes and constant self-consciousness and in particular resistance to change.

A person who chooses green on the first position, wants to maintain an idealized image of himself through the recognition, he expects because of his wealth, his superior physique, his intellect or his superior cultural level. He needs credit for sticking to his opinions and principles and get it in his way despite resistance.
The person, who chooses green on the sixth, seventh or eighth position wants the same, but he feels weakened by the resistance, he has met and feels weak due to lack of recognition. Rejected green means “fear of breaking away from the tensions caused by lack of recognition”. Loss of self-resilience and endurance, fear of loss of reputation and even the ability to confirm himself, all of this creates such a concern for possible failure, that he places all the blame on others and can therefore show a biting and disparaging attitude towards the outside world.
Rejected green can be compensated with blue in the first place. Persons, who choose this, are searching for a peaceful haven, where they no longer have to strain themselves in order to maintain their position and reputation.
A person can reject green and compensate with orange on the first position. Rejected green in itself indicates an irritated state of mind with high tension, which can lead to loss of self control. Choosing compensating orange in the first position will further mean a desire for excitement and stimulation. This can together lead to violent uncontrolled temperament outbreak, high blood pressure and change in cardiac functions, at worst, incoherent speech and partial loss of consciousness.
Rejected green can also be compensated with yellow on the first place. This combination represents an “escape to freedom,” an attempt to divert attention from an imminent collapse of health, with travels, new hobbies and so on.

Orange is psychologically significant, if it not occurs in one of the first three positions.

Orange represents willpower and strong emotions, also for others.

Orange is an expression of vital force, it increases heart rate, blood pressure and breathing. Orange represents the desire for results and success, it reflects a strong desire for activities that gives intensity and rich experiences. It represents the impulse to action and the will to win in sports, combat, and love and enterprising productivity.
The person, who chooses orange in the first position, wants intensity in experiences and wholeness in life. What forms these activities will take – cooperation, leadership, artistic and creative expression, eroticism or excessive activity is mainly determined by the color following the orange.
Where orange is chosen in the first place, when it is selected for its own sake and not as compensation for other rejected basic colors, it suggest a controlled sexual desire with occasional outbreaks of impulsive sexual activity – the reasonable faithful partner, who yet sometimes gives in to temptations without meaning anything special.
However, where orange is selected in the first position as compensation for the anxiety, which other rejected basic colors represent, the sex drive is very strong, but also the ability to find satisfaction is limited by the selfishness that in a obsessive way requires conquests, which can offer varying experiences; which leads to sexual experimentation, promiscuity and regular infidelity. As nymphomaniacs and satyrs, they can be very active, but they never ever get really deep satisfaction in sexuality.
When orange is chosen in third or fourth position, sexuality is more restricted, the person wants to limit intercourses to a partner, who has come to understand his needs and wishes.

When orange is chosen in fifth position sexuality has been restricted. 🙂

Rejected orange, which means orange chosen on the sixth, seventh or eighth position, indicates that sexuality largely has disappeared or become strictly monitored, or the individual has become impotent or frigid.
The person, who rejects orange, is already in a state of over stimulation, he becomes easily irritated, either because he lacks vitality or because he feels burdened by almost insurmountable difficulties. He feels that the surroundings are dangerous and out of control. In this situation orange does not seem strengthening but threatening. Rejected orange means therefore: “seeking protection against anything that can excite, annoy or weaken further.”

Normally blue is chosen in the first position as compensation for denied orange, because peace and harmony are needed as a “nerve pill”. Often this combination is accompanied by a masochistic clinging to a sexual partner, with an experience of not being loved. This combination of rejected orange and blue compensation also occurs frequently at leaders in business, who are suffering from frustration and anxiety and is about to incur a heart problem.

The combination of rejected orange and compensating green is rare. A person who tries to get through physical and mental fatigue using only willpower, will compensate with green on the first position.

More frequently it is seen that yellow is chosen in the first position as compensation for rejected orange. In which case it indicates a desperate search for a way out.

Yellow is psychologically significant, when it not occurs on the second, third, fourth or fifth place.

Yellow represents spontaneity and concern for others.

Yellow expresses unlimited expansiveness, a relaxation or loosening up. Yellow symbolizes cheerfulness, relief from burdens, problems, pestering and restrictions.
Green is the perseverance, yellow is change. Green is tension, yellow is relaxation. Between these two poles there is a conflict that arise out of their incompatibility. Here green’s ambitions, narcissism and demands for prestige with yellow’s hopeful search for happy experiences and adventures. The “yellow” person can be like an enterprising whirlwind, but the whirls come in unpredictable pulses.
Yellow submarine by the Beatles.
When yellow is chosen in the first position, it indicates a desire for relaxation and hope or expectation of greater happiness, and it suggests some conflicts that need to be resolved. This hope for happiness in all its numerous forms, ranging from sexual experiences to philosophies that offer information and perfection, is always directed toward the future. Yellow presses forward toward the new, modern and developing.
A person, who rejects yellow and places it in the sixth, seventh or eighth position, has been disappointed in his expectations and feels empty, isolated and lonely. He sees the spontaneity and quest for adventure, which yellow represents, as irrelevant and superficial. Rejected yellow suggests that disappointment has led to a simmering rebellion. This rebellion can express itself as irritability, pessimism and suspicion towards others and their intentions. Rejected yellow means therefore: “trying to protect oneself against isolation and further losses and disappointments.”
Usually blue is selected in the first position as compensation for rejected yellow. This combination indicates a desire for peace and calmness and a clinging to the familiar.
A person, who rejects yellow, can also choose green on the first position. It can then suggest that he tries to escape his hopeless situation by striving for the security that can be offered by prestige and position.
If rejected yellow is compensated with orange on the first position it will indicate that he seeks to escape his feelings of disappointment and isolation by seeking intense experiences and adventures – especially exaggerated sexual adventures.

Violet is psychologically significant when it occures in the first or eighth position. It does not apply to pregnant women and teen-agers.

The person who prefers violet, wish for a magic relation to reality. He wants to abolish the difference between subject and object, between cause and effect, and make his world a magical and intuitive wholeness. He feels that everything that can be imagined and dreamed are also a form of reality.

Passion for violet can indicate a desire for an intimate erotic fusion with another or a desire for an intuitive and mystical mutual understanding.
Violet represents deep introvert religiosity. The color is preferred by teenagers, pregnant women, homosexuals of both sexes and people who have problems with the thyroid gland.
Out of 1600 school children 75% preferred violet. That children choose violet shows that they think the world is a magical place, where everything is possible. Teen-agers prefer violet because of their emotional confusion and immaturity.
Surveys have shown that the hormonal activity during pregnancy often leads to a passion for violet.
Homosexuals often show their emotional insecurity by preferring violet as compensation for rejected basic colors. Their emotional fear causes them to create a fairytale world around them, which they hope will last as long as they have each other.
Persons, who have problems with the thyroid gland, often prefer violet. This is especially true, when the problem is psychosomatic and not caused by shortage of iodine. Too much activity in the thyroid gland is for such persons caused by long time-stress, shock, or that they during their childhood, where the emotions were very unstable, have been exposed to excessive fear and anxiety. Such persons need special understanding and tenderness that can relieve their fears.
In the case that a person prefers violet on the first place, it must be investigated closer. Is it caused by immaturity, sexual deviations or gland problems? If it is immaturity, then this person must be expected to have trouble distinguishing the real practical world from his wishful imaginations.

People who prefer violet, want to be accepted because of their charm and charisma, for their wonderful behavior and because of their winning personality. They are sensitive and appreciative, but they have no desire to engage in excessive responsibility in relation to other.

When Violet occurs on the eighth place, the person has totally rejected any desire for a mystical intimacy with another person, because it is not possible or appropriate in his present situation. This will result in an immediate reluctance to commit himself in relation to other people or tasks, until he knows more exactly, what that relationship will imply. On the same time the need for an intuitive and immediate understanding with another person is transferred to ideas and objects that are not human, which promotes the aesthetic sense and scientific interest.

Brown is psychologically significant if it does not occur on the fifth, sixth or seventh place.

Brown represents physical sensitivity. Its position in the row gives a clue about, what the test person feels on her body. In case of physical discomfort or illness brown begins to move forward in the rank.

Refugees and other uprooted persons, who have no place to relax and no prospect of physical satisfaction, will often place brown in the beginning of the series. This was especially true for those, who were refugees during and after WWII. Not because they were especially physically sensitive, but because they could not find peace and security anywhere.
Brown represents the need for roots, a home, a family or other social affiliation.
If brown occurs in the first half of the sequence and especially in one of the first two places, it indicates an increased need for physical rest and satisfaction, and relief from a problem, which causes concern. It may be a physical disease or defect, it may be an atmosphere of conflict and insecurity or other problems, which the the person feels that he is unable to manage.
When Brown is placed in an eighth place, the need for relaxed comfort has been completely suppressed. In this situation the person will consider physical wellbeing and sensual satisfaction as weaknesses that he presently can not afford.
The person, who in this way rejects brown, wants others to see him as a steel man having no need for sociability, delicious food, good wine and a good long sleep in a warm bed. Such a reckless oppression of the ability to enjoy the sensual pleasures of life can lead to anxiety, which will require compensation, including the possibility of obsessive and exaggerated sexual activity.

Black is psychologically significant, when it occurs in any other places than the eighth place.

Black represents the absolute limit of life, its final. That a person prefers black means that he rejects everything in a protest against a situation he considers as hopeless, a protest against life and fate.
Black represents emptiness and annihilation, it represents denial, absolute giving up or abandonment.

The person, who chooses black in the first position, wants to deny everything. He is stubbornly protesting against status quo, which in his opinion is not, as it should be. He protests against fate, certainly against his own, and behaves probably prematurely and and unwise in this protest.
If black is chosen in the second position, it indicates, that the person is willing to give up everything, provided he gets, what is represented by the color of the first position.

If orange is chosen before black, it suggests that if the person will have fulfilled his exaggerated wishes, then he will renounce everything else.
If, for example, blue is in first position before black, it indicates that only if the person gets peace and harmony, he will renounce everything else.
If yellow appears on the first position with black on the second, it will suggest that the person expects that a dramatic and disaster-like action will put an end to his problems.
With grey in the first position before black it indicates that the person expects to find protection against the intolerable situation through total non-commitment.
With black in third position is indicated that the person will refrain from everything else, if only he gets, what is represented by the two colors on the first and second position.
Black in eighth position is the psychologically most normal and represents a desire not to reject anything and keep control of own actions.

The Sequence of colours is important

The interpretation of the test result goes from left to right.


  1. The first pair (or single number) to be marked: +
  2. The second pair (or single number) to be marked: x
  3. The last pair (or single number) to be marked:
  4. The rest to be marked: =

+ Strong passion – that is something he strives against.

x Passion – that is his actual state right now.

= Indifference – that is attributes, which he does not care about right now.

– Antipathy – attributes which he actively rejects.

The big reveal

I created a sequence for myself which i think makes me look awesome shows how i want to represent myself to the world.


will see if it is a winner.

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