The Luscher Color Test



(+) Desired Objectives, or Behavior Dictated by Desired Objectives.


Needs release from stress. Longs for peace, tranquility and contentment. *


Strives for a life rich in activity and experience, and for a close bond offering sexual and emotional fulfillment.

(×) The Existing Situation, or Behavior Appropriate to the Existing Situation.


The situation is difficult and he is trying to persist in his objectives against resistance. Finds it necessary to conceal his intentions as an added precaution, in order to disarm opposition.

(=) Characteristics under Restraint, or Behavior Inappropriate to the Existing Situation.


Insists that his hopes and ideas are realistic, but needs reassurance and encouragement. Egocentric and therefore quick to take offense.

(−) Rejected or Suppressed Characteristics, or Anxiety-Laden Characteristics.


Physiological interpretation: Stress resulting from unwelcome restriction or limitation.

Psychological interpretation: Wants freedom to follow his own convictions and principles, to achieve respect as an individual in his own right. Desires to avail himself of every possible opportunity without having to submit to limitations or restrictions.

In brief: Desire to control one's own destiny.

(+−) The «Actual Problem», or Behavior Resulting from Stress.


Does not wish to be involved in differences of opinion, contention or argument, preferring to be left in peace.


Fights against restriction or limitation, and insists on developing freely as a result of his own efforts.

(*) – represents some conflict, not necessarily serious.

[ minimal ]


  • Max Luscher, Ian Scott (ed.) The Luscher Color Test. NY: Random House, 1969
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