Living your Colors: Practical Wisdom for Life, Love, Work, and Play

Maddron, Tom. Living Your Colors: Practical Wisdom for Life, Love, Work, and Play. Warner. Dec. 2002. c.178p. ISBN 0-446-67911-9. pap. $13.95.

Basing this book on the ancient Greek concept of the four temperaments (sanguine, melancholic, phlegmatic, and choleric), first-time author Maddron refers to them as colors–orange, gold, green, and blue, respectively. Each has a “ruling sign” (air, earth, water, and fire) and is typified by physicality, high standards, intellectualism, and sensitivity respectively. Chapters cover the characteristics of each personality type as well as various combinations, and the author includes an instrument for self-analysis. Particularly intriguing is Maddron’s discussion of how colors complement one another in functional society and the importance of understanding and appreciating the strengths and limitations of each. Despite the risks inherent in oversimplifying people and society, Maddron’s treatment is nonetheless very thoughtful. Recommended; Maddron’s narrow scope results in a clear, entertaining read.

This review appeared in Library Journal. 127.19 (Nov. 15, 2002): p90; the galley was shredded on May 17, 2012.

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