Drunk Tank Pink

This is not supposed to be easy but…   It would be so much easier if I could identify the ‘uniqueness’ that is me, then I could hone in and focus.  Instead I continue to read everything that is recommended and some that isn’t, reflect whether I am any closer, and disappear down the rabbit hole again.  I on ‘high alert’ all the time, constantly making obscure connections.  Does it feel right?  Is it contrived?  I know I already have the answer within, I just can’t quite find it.

Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter is part of that quest.  Alter meanders through the subconscious forces that shape how we think, feel, and behave.  The influence of names, the dangers of labels, the power of symbols;  human behaviour of the individual and the crowd, the impact of culture;  the power of pink to calm, of blue to reduce crime, of blue being the most popular colour across the world;  associations with colour dependent upon circumstance, the red of love, the red of rage.

The findings are based on Alter’s and others extensive research.  One salient finding is that red is detrimental to a students performance, be it the cover of the exam paper, the colour of teacher’s comments;  red also offers an advantage when used in sport, say a boxer with red shorts or a football team with red tops.

Once again, a fascinating read, some interesting issues and insights, all stored for future use, but in what circumstances is still no clearer.

Author: susanmilleruk

Watercolour painter living, working and loving Hastings and St Leonards on Sea. MA in Fine Art.

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