Color Psychology and Color Therapy: A Factual Study of the Influence of Color on Human Life

Color Psychology and Color Therapy: A Factual Study of the Influence of Color on Human Life

Color Psychology and Color Therapy: A Factual Study of the Influence of Color on Human Life

Color Psychology and Color Therapy: A Factual Study of the Influence of Color on Human Life

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Faber Birren is not a theorist but a very practical craftsman. Whether he is reading the works of mystics, or of biologists, or of psychologists, he is reading and studying them not for their theoretical structures, and one might say not even to know whether what they're saying is true but, quite simply, in order to find something to use in picking the colors for a mental hospital or a battleship, or a missile base, or to make new kinds of colored paper to print on, or to make a new home attractive, or to make new kinds of colored bricks for buildings.

Most of us bring our preconceptions and prejudices wherever we go. We are like horses with blinders on, going only in the direction we have been set to go. What is so extraordinary and so fruitful about Faber Birren's practicality is that it goes everywhere quite utterly without prejudice. Unlike most of us, Faber Birren, now just as when he was a young man, is willing to learn from anybody. He has learned from the most diverse people, from people who contradict each other, from people who denounce each other, from the occultists and mystics as well as from the biologists and agnostic scientists. He dares to learn from the occultists and mystics as well as the scientists.

It is necessary to emphasize this because otherwise Part One of this book, "THE HISTORICAL ASPECTS," may appear to the reader to be a speedy commentary on a dead past, to be read as mere background after which one can turn to the rest of the book for some really scientific knowledge. Faber Birren does speak of "superstitions," "cults," and similar invidious terms, as if to show that he is not being taken in. But these terms should not obscure the full extent of his acknowledged debt to the mystic arts. Unfor-

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