The Assessment of self-actualization, color preference profile, and mood-color in first year college students

The present investigation sought first to compare the Personal Orientation Inventory scale means observed for a current sample of first year college students with those reported by Shostrom (1974). Second, a color preference profile, recorded for each subject, was used generally to investigate the hypothesized existence of a predicted sample-wide color preference profile, and specifically to investigate the hypothesis that self-actualizing subjects would significantly prefer this preference profile over non-self-actualizing individuals. Finally, the color blue-green was predicted to reflect the emotional temperature of the season during which this study was conducted, and was thus expected to be significantly observed in response to a color to best describe mood variable. The 53 subjects, 27 men and 26 women, were volunteer college students who received class credit for their participation. The Personal Orientation Inventory (Shostrom, 1962) was used to record self-actualization scores and the color preference profile instrument employed was constructed by the present author. Scales on the Personal Orientation Inventory, while predicted to be significantly lower than those reported by Shostrom (1974), were observed, on the contrary, to be generally, and in some cases significantly, higher. (See more in text.)