Anonymous Crochet Mandala from Australia and The Grey of Depression

anonymous crochet mandala

Today’s contribution to the Mandalas for Marinke project comes from someone I believe wanted to remain anonymous. However, I confess that things have gotten a little disorganized around here since I got rescue pup Katara so if for some reason I’ve made a mistake and you’re the maker and want to claim it, please do let me know.

anonymous crochet mandalas

The maker writes,

I’ve made my very first mandala for Marinke. I’m so sad that such a beautiful, generous, and creative girl has lost her battle. But the world is certainly a more beautiful place for having had her in it.

Sending love to all those who Marinke touched from the Gold Coast, Australia.”

anonymous crochet mandala for wink

There’s something I especially love about the color selection here. The two rounds of yellow providing brightness among the many shades of blue, all encased in the boldness of the pink. It feels like it has so many layers of meaning.

anonymous crochet mandala for marinke

We’ve discussed color theory before and how color can impact mood. Did you know that people with depression tend to describe the world in different colors than those who are not depressed? Studies indicate that people with depression tend to see grey while people who are happy describe themselves in yellow.

“Only 39 percent of healthy people associated their mood with a color at all. Of those who did, Yellow 14 was the most popular choice, with about 20 percent of the votes. Meanwhile, about 30 percent of people with anxiety picked a shade of gray, as did more than half of depressed volunteers. In comparison, healthy volunteers described their mood with a shade of gray only about 10 percent of the time.”

anonymous crochet mandalaformarinke

Further research has recently shown that it’s not just that we describe our worlds in this way but that depression can actually alter the way that we see the world; depressed people actually see more grey.

“This is because our emotions carry information about the value of objects, and that information is incorporated into the visual perception of our environment. The brain’s emotional and perceptual systems don’t seem to be completely distinct from one another, as was previously believed, but instead engage in a dynamic interplay.”

We are such complex creatures aren’t we?

anonymous crochet mandala contribution

This post is part of the Mandalas for Marinke project. You can see all Mandalas for Marinke posts here.

Kathryn

San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!

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