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The Luscher Color Test: The Remarkable Test That Reveals Personality Through Color Hardcover – 1969


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 185 pages
  • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE; First edition (1969)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UDY3UU
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on February 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have no clear idea of exactly why the Luscher color test works, I simply know that, in my own case, it proved incredibly accurate. It is amazing that a simple selection sequence of eight colored cards could reveal so much about internal anxieties, compensations, and conflicts. Yet, there definately is a correlation with these inner states and color preference.

This is probably the easiest of the deep psychological tests to administer and interpret. It is not a game and is not to be used carelessly or improperly. In fact, I first heard about it in graduate school when I overheard one of the psychology professors go ballistic when he found that the undergraduates were administering the test to each other. He wasn't upset because he thought it was nonsense, on the contrary, he was upset because he knew it to be a deep and powerful tool with the potential to do great damage if misused.

One further warning, if you buy an older edition of this book make sure that: #1 the eight cards are included, and #2 that they are not too badly faded.

Oh yes, the text states that this test is still accurate even if you are color blind!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Crisis Counselor on August 2, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was introduced to Dr. Luscher's Color Test Chart when a Danish Montessori Director was using it to test children under school age. The test was amazingly accurate 100% of the times I used it and observed it being used. Dr. Luscher was a Swiss Psychiatrist who spent much of his life developing this deep psychological test. While it has never had wide acceptance in America, his work was widely accepted in Europe. In fact, a Volkswagon plant was painted for the desired effects on workers after consulting with Dr. Luscher. In the introduction of his book, he carefully states that the test is very easy to administer but it is a deep psychological test is not a parlor game, and should be used very responsibly. As a professional in the field of Clinical Psychology, I have used this test as a diagnostic tool for many years, although it took me eleven years to find it as it was only available in the Medical Library at New York University, and not available to the public. As de! ep as the test results are, it is incumbant on the test adminstrator to use the information diagnostically and judiciously for the benefit of the patient. If it can be located (and I will not volunteer my copies), it is only meant for the serious, responsible, ethical practioner who will find it to be one of the best diagnositic tools for any age group. Dr. Luscher also wrote two other books which help understand a person by the color choices in their environments. They are also very revealing..and I am not volunteering my copies of these either. Anyone interested should turn up every rock until they can locate Dr. Luscher's wonderful books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 14, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I recall being interested in this test when it came out in a Bantam Books edition when I was a young psychology grad student. Based on what's known as functional color psychology, the test uses somewhat off-color panels and their pairings to assess personality dynamics. The reason for why pure colors aren't used for the 8 panels is discussed in the book, so I won't burden you with it here, but it's actually one of the more interesting parts of the theory of color psychology and why the color panels appear as they do.

I played with the test quite a bit at the time and although found it interesting and perhaps valid, the entire area of color psychology, although fascinating, still seems to me to be a bit of a stretch as far as using it for any real depth psychological purposes. I haven't looked in detail at the research used to standardize the test, so I can't say for sure, but in my own case I found the test best for determining when I was under stress. At other times it seemed less accurate, and my results could vary from day to day.

Also, as another poster here commented, the descriptions for the results, although they sound clinical and fairly specific, can be switched around and read to people and they will agree as much with them as with the supposedly correct diagnosis or interpretation in the book.

The field of color psychology is much more prevalent in Europe than in the U.S., but the most I would say is that the test should be used in conjunction with other tests, which is likely how it is used, anyway, rather than as a single diagnostic tool. It might also be used as a quick assessment tool in Europe to be followed up by the longer, more detailed personality and diagnostic tests such as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory or MMPI, the Rorschach Inkblot test, and so on. However I give the book 4 stars for effort since it is a fascinating concept and could still be useful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
a fascinating book if you are interested in self analysis. ususally skeptical about systems of analysis based on color, birth or numerology, but this one was right on target. the book is well written, insightful and readily provides analysis into your personality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Back in the 80's(my favorite time) I was going to this convention on survival preparedness and being the kid I was I was drawn to this what I thought was a video game, after plunking in my 50 cents and started the system up I found out that this was some type of test so I preceded on and after I picked my colors two different times it gave me a pretty detailed version of who I was. To say the least I was very impressed and I started to research this thing called the color test, back then it was hard to find information on it but I finally came across the Luscher color test and bought the book many years ago. I practiced it many times but after moving a few times and losing track of my stuff I had lost the book, funny thing is I never gave it much thought until recently and once again could not remember the name of the book but after a little search on the Net, I once again found it on Amazon and bought it. I highly recommend this book, it is a fun way to get to know yourself on a deeper level, but if you want the real color test given my Luscher himself you will pay over a $100 dollars for the test but it is more detailed and more rewarding. Happy reading.
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