An example of a color metaphor technique sheet

concept color no.
Success
Failure
Communication
Technics
Disease
Joy
My studies
freedom
Knowledge
My father
People
What (what) do I want to be
Love
My job
Conflicts
Threat
Nature
My mother
Work
Power
Education
My husband (my wife)
The medicine
my present
Competition
Advertising
Art
My friend (girlfriend)
Family
My past
Information
What (what) am I really
earnings
change
sadness
My house
My boss
My hobby
Finance
My child
Trouble
Interesting activity
School
Business
Children
Fear
My responsibilities
my future
Service
Creation
Material well-being
My employees
Irritation
My career
Control
My profession
Household
The science
Psychology
My clients

The content of the indicators of the method of color metaphors

Indicators Characteristic Definition method
1. Composition of basic needs Basic needs determine the content of aspirations, hobbies and interests. Basic needs are due to fairly stable personality characteristics. Changes in basic needs are relatively rare and are accompanied by personality crises in most people. Satisfaction of basic needs is a necessary condition for emotional well-being and happiness of a person. · Lack of basic needs may indicate loss of interest, indifference and depression and indicate the need for psychological or medical help. Basic needs are indicated by concepts that are either indicated by the most attractive color or are rated by the same colors as “My hobby” and “Interesting activity”. That is, everything that is indicated by the most pleasant color is liked by the client, and everything that is connected with an interesting activity and hobby is perceived by him as interesting and exciting. Thus, concepts that characterize basic needs can be placed in the same group if “Interesting activity” and “My hobby” are indicated by the most pleasant color. In addition, basic needs can be localized in two or three groups if “My hobby” and “Interesting activity” are not the most pleasant color, or the color denoting them is not the same. At the same time, we will consider basic even those needs that are indicated by far from the most attractive colors, as long as they are associated with interests and hobbies. In the case when almost nothing is indicated by the most attractive color, and little is connected with an interesting occupation and hobby, it can be assumed that the client likes little in life, and his interests and hobbies are largely limited.
2. Degree of satisfaction of basic needs · Identifies a state of emotional well-being or frustration in the present, in the expected future, or in the remembered past. · Due to external circumstances, internal state, abilities or other resources of the client to solve their problems. May indicate the desirability and appropriate direction of psychological assistance. Emotional satisfaction in the present, future or past is determined by whether the concepts “My present”, “My future” or “My past” are indicated by the most pleasant color, and whether they are associated with the concepts “My hobby” or “Interesting class”. If the basic needs are marked with the same color as the concept of “My present”, then we can assume that a person can sufficiently satisfy them at the moment. If basic needs are associated with the concept of “My future”, then a person counts on their future satisfaction. The connection of basic needs with the concept of “My past” may indicate that they were satisfied earlier. So, the connection of basic needs with the present indicates sufficient emotional well-being and the possibility of satisfying them already at the moment. People who perceive the present as attractive, interesting, or exciting relatively rarely need psychological help, and if they turn to a psychologist, then mainly for information, specific advice or recommendations that are not related to personal problems. The localization of basic needs in the future indicates that a person lives with hopes and plans to satisfy basic needs in later life. At the same time, in the process of psycho-correction, it is advisable to use the client’s fantasy and form an image of a positive future. The localization of basic needs in the past suggests that a person lives with memories of a happy past. This may indicate the expediency of using the technique of extracting resources from past experience by the client in the process of psychocorrection. Finally, the lack of connection between basic needs and the present, future and past allows us to make an assumption about the maximum degree of their frustration. In this case, neither the present, nor the future, nor the past are perceived by the client as attractive, interesting or exciting. At the same time, the most appropriate form of psychological assistance may be training in the formation of behavioral skills of goal-setting, assertiveness, decision-making, self-regulation, communication, etc.
3. Composition of actual needs Actual needs characterize what a person is forced to do under the influence of the present situation, regardless of whether he likes it or not. · Actual needs are caused, mainly, by external circumstances. · Actual needs are temporary and can easily change when the situation changes. Actual needs are indicated by concepts marked in the same color as the concept of “My present”. With the possibility of satisfying basic needs, actual needs are not currently revealed by the method of color metaphors. In this case, we can say that the actual needs coincide with the basic ones, in other words, at the moment the person is doing what he likes. With dissatisfaction with basic needs at the present time, actual needs are their compensation, replacement.
4. Attitude to the present, future and past · Ideas about the present and attitudes towards it determine what a person is currently concerned about, what he is focused on, what he thinks about most at the moment. · Ideas about the future and attitudes towards it are associated with the expectations, hopes, intentions and plans of a person. · Ideas about the past and attitudes towards it are connected with the memories of a person. The content of relations to the present, future and past is evidenced by the concepts indicated by the same color as the concepts “My present”, “My future” and “My past”. The analysis of relationships is based on what emotional experiences, activities, people and events are associated with ideas about the various stages of a person’s life path. In addition, the fact that the client designates the concepts “My past”, “My present” and “My future” with the same or different colors is also important for the analysis. In the event that the past, present and future are marked with different colors, we can conclude that the client has a different attitude towards them. Consequently, earlier in the client’s life there were significant changes, personal crises, accompanied by a change in life values and lifestyle. At the same time, the client expects that significant changes will occur in his life in the future. In the case when the past and present are indicated by one color, and the future by another, it can be assumed that at present the client lives the same way as before, but expects changes in the future. On the contrary, when the past is indicated by one color, and the present and future by another, it can be concluded that there have been changes in the client’s life that are no longer expected. The most non-trivial from a psychological point of view is the case when the past and the future are indicated by one color, and the present – by another color. At the same time, if the past and future are associated with positive emotional experiences, it can be assumed that in the past a person was satisfied, could successfully achieve his goals, and was able to solve his problems. Currently, the client’s resources have been lost, but he really wants to return to his past in the future, to repeat his success. Such results often occur with the loss of work, family, loved ones, health. In the same case, when the past and future, on the contrary, are associated with negative emotional experiences, there is a possibility that the past was a nightmare, and the person is afraid that this nightmare will happen again in the future. For example, such results occur in people released from places of deprivation of liberty, participants in hostilities, victims of terrorist acts, disasters. Finally, the designation of the past, present and future with the same color indicates that the client has the same attitude towards different stages of his life. On the one hand, this may be the case when a person from the very beginning was characterized by luck in life, was born in a good family, received a good education, found a good job, made good friends and he does not need to change anything in life. Another explanation for this fact may be that the client is characterized by insufficient personality maturity and responsibility, “goes with the flow” in his life, has not made and is not making any decisions and is not going to change anything.
5. Attitude towards yourself and other people Self-image and attitude determines the client’s satisfaction with their own personality, self-confidence, self-esteem and other feelings associated with the client’s personality The client’s ideas about other people and the attitude towards them determine how the client feels in connection with various people, how much he trusts them, loves them, fears them, considers them friends, competitors, etc. Identification of the client with other people determines who he considers himself like The distance between the concepts “What (what) I really am” and “What (what) I want to be”, characterizing the real and ideal self, characterizes the level of self-esteem. In particular, the identity of these concepts, their designation with the same color indicates the highest self-esteem, complete satisfaction with oneself and the absence of the need for further personal growth and self-improvement. In the event that the ideal self is evaluated by a slightly more attractive (one or two positions) color than the real self, we can talk about moderate satisfaction with one’s personality, the desire for self-improvement without painful feelings about one’s shortcomings. An even greater distance between these concepts, when the ideal self is three positions or more to the left of the real self, may indicate significant dissatisfaction and the presence of painful experiences associated with this, which can lead to neurotic disorders. Finally, the greater attraction of the real self compared to the ideal self often accompanies the process of changing attitudes towards oneself at a given moment in time and is, as a rule, temporary. Designation of the concepts “What I really am”, “My mother”, “My father”, “My spouse”, “My child”, “My friend”, “My boss”, etc. in the same colors as the concepts “ Joy”, “Love”, “Interesting activity”, “My hobby” or, on the contrary, the same colors as “Sorrow”, “Trouble”, “Annoyance”, “Competition”, etc. indicates, respectively, a positive or negative attitude towards oneself and these people. – The designation of the concept “What I really am” in the same color as the concepts corresponding to any other specific people indicates the similarity of the emotional attitude towards themselves and these people, identification with them, indicates who the client considers himself to be similar, who he considers himself to be, to which community of people he belongs. Finally, marking the ideal self in the same color as certain other people indicates the client’s desire to be like them, imitate them, take an example from them.
6. Attitude towards various activities · Attitude towards activity is characterized by the motives of this activity, the needs that encourage this activity, positive or negative emotional experiences associated with this type of activity. The designation of such concepts as “My work”, “My study”, “Business”, “Recreation”, “Housekeeping” and other types of activity in the same colors as the concepts “Interesting occupation” or “My hobby” indicates that that these activities are motivated by the most stable basic needs, are perceived as a hobby. In particular, people who identify with their work and passion and treat them equally are called workaholics, they are passionate about their work. If the activity is not related to interests and hobbies, but is indicated by the same color as the concept of “My present”, then such activity is motivated by less stable actual needs. In particular, the connection of the idea of work with the present indicates that the client is currently forced to work under the influence of circumstances in order to satisfy needs that are not related to his interests. If the activity is associated with needs that are not basic or relevant, then its motivation is rather weak. For example, the lack of connection between the concepts “My work” on the one hand and “My hobby”, “Interesting occupation” or “My present” on the other hand indicates that the client is not interested in the work and is not too concerned about it. Finally, the connection of activity with negative emotional experiences indicates its avoidance.
7. Sources of stress Characterize what activities, people or events cause negative experiences and suffering. · Encourage them to act to avoid them. · Usually understood by the client. Concepts indicated by the most unpleasant color, as well as concepts indicated by the same colors as Sadness, Fear, Threat, Annoyance, Trouble, etc.
8. Repressed ideas and experiences They are a form of psychological defense. · They characterize what a person tries not to notice, what he does not pay attention to, what he seeks to forget, what he ignores, displaces from consciousness · Due to the extreme significance of ideas, which can lead to painful experiences. May be associated with emotional trauma, inhibitions, unfulfilled fantasies, internal conflicts, etc. May cause difficulty in recognizing the significance of the corresponding representation or experience. The content of the repressed complexes is evidenced by isolated, single, unrelated concepts, that is, concepts indicated by some color that no other concept from the list indicates. For example, if the concept of “Rest” is isolated, the client tries not to think about rest, forget about it, ignore rest in his life, which can lead to overload, overwork and sudden breakdowns in performance. If the concept of “Threat” or “Fear” is isolated, the client does not pay attention to threatening situations, behaves like a fearless person, often takes risks, which can lead to real danger. If the concept of “Money” or “Wealth” is isolated, the client tries not to pay attention to the material component of his life, ignores the role of material reward, misses material benefits, that is, he will never be a rich and wealthy person. Sometimes such concepts as “Sex”, “Men”, “Health”, “Illness”, “My work”, “My boss”, “My future”, “My present”, “My past” are forced out. The repression of the concepts “My hobby”, “Interesting activity” and “Joy” can lead to their loss and a state of depression. The presence of 3 or more isolated concepts may indicate a violation of psychological adaptation.



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