“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance”. FDR
Chromophobia is defined as the fear of color and is a curiosity I encounter all too often. Yesterday I got a call from a woman who was clamoring for help. Admitting that she had lived in her home for 27 years, surrounded by the same off white walls, she desperately wanted to make a change and had not the least idea where to begin. There was so much excitement in her voice, as if making this phone call was a turning point in her life. It seemed she had finally decided to take the plunge and make a big positive change. We scheduled a color consultation appointment for the next day. She was relieved, practically giddy, yet whimpered, “I’m scared.” My reply to her? “Don’t be. Do you know how much fun this is?
Two hours later, she called again, this time to cancel the appointment. Her voice was rushed and she sounded uncomfortable. I too was unsettled for awhile, even a little disappointed for, as always, I was looking forward to it. I absolutely love what I do in the service provided to others and the resulting joy it brings them. Then it dawned on me. She is scared. Making a change with color just might be beyond her perceptual threshold. Now I am not a psychologist, but I’m going to play one in this post. I believe her trepidation stemmed not from the disquietude of possibly not liking the new color choices, but in actually taking the plunge personally to make that change.
In Dr. Morton Walker’s intriguing book, The Power of Color, he states: “if a patch is put over one eye of a chameleon, only half of the chameleon’s body will change color to match the surface on which it crawls.” Not only do I find this fact fascinating, I also view it as a metaphor for wholeheartedly making the commitment to making a positive change with color. You just can’t go halfway there.
If you are ready to make a positive change with color, please DON’T be afraid to make the call.