Are you having trouble choosing a cremation urn color?

Here’s an idea that might help. Why not match the color with your departed loved one’s personality.  You’ll be surprised to learn there is a great deal of psychology behind personality and color.

Psychology of Color

In the 1920s psychologist, William Moulton Marston developed the Disc method of personality behavior. His theory grouped people into four personality traits: Dominance, Influence, Conscientious and Steadiness.

Some years later (1940), Walter Clarke added color to these four personality traits: red (Dominance), yellow (Influence), blue (Conscientious) and green (Steadiness).

Now that you know this, choose the urn color that best matches your newly departed’s dominent character traits.

Analytical Blues

Was your newly departed calm and level-headed? Did they think before speaking? Would you describe them as diligent, thoughtful, serious, persistent, and methodical? Or did they prefer to keep others at a distance? Perhaps they always used direct eye contact and often spoke without gestures?

Famous blue personalities include Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Albert Einstein.

Stable Greens

Maybe your newly departed was laid back and friendly.  Alternatively, were they the anxious and unclear type? Or perhaps you would describe them as supportive, positive, respectful, obliging, reliable and pleasant. Did they enjoy closeness, use friendly eye contact and gestures when talking? 

Green personalities of note include Mahatma Gandhi, Michelle Obama and Chris Pratt.

Dominant Reds

Does commanding and liking to take charge sum up your newly departed? Would you describe them as pushy, strict, stringent, dominant and hard? Did they give powerful handshakes, lean into conversations and use direct eye contact?

Red personalities of note include Barack Obama, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Margaret Thatcher.

Inspirational Yellows

Creative, funny and upbeat – does that describe your newly departed’s personality? Were they prone to taking over the conversation and adding color regardless of it being true or false? Was your your departed loved one inspiring, stimulating, enthusiastic, dramatic, and outgoing?

Yellow personalities of note include Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Robin Williams.

Rules for Choosing Cremation Urn Colors

Just as important is choosing a cremation urn color that pleases you because ultimately, there are no rules.

Whatever pleases you is best because the cremation urn needs to act as a token of healing. So long as the color and shape bring to mind happy memories you shared with your departed loved one that’s all that counts.

What Urn Color is Best for Complicated Relationships?

Even if your relationship with your newly departed was ‘difficult’, try the DISC method of personality and color matching.  The results might surprise you.

Understanding personalities better

Psychologist Thomas Erkison’s runaway bestseller Surrounded by Idiots focuses on how we interact and perceive the people around us. Those we deem as ‘difficult’ are often people with a behavior profile and system of communication opposite to us. By understanding others, we can better understand ourselves in times of happiness and grief.

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