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Coloring Addiction

Do you find yourself saying, “five more minutes, I’ll be right there” to your family members several times a day as you attempt to extricate yourself from your latest coloring book for adults? Millions of adults are immersing themselves in coloring these days. The adult coloring craze that was started in England and France, and is currently sweeping the U.S., appears to be gaining momentum still. Once thought to be a fad, it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. In fact, marketers are noticing and considering their next move—ergonomically designed coloring pens and markers, specialty frames, as well as other back end products. By now, you’ve heard how therapeutic coloring is, the benefit claims include: reducing stress and anxiety, enhancing creativity and boosting cognitive ability, but there are still many naysayers who poo-poo the idea. I wonder, are they aware that Carl Jung, the preeminent Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist, tried to get his patients to color in mandalas so as to get them to focus and to let go of the subconscious? But as with any hot topic, there just are some people who have to be negative and discouraging. How could they possibly know how we feel when coloring? Perhaps they’ve tried it without experiencing any of the benefits. But no matter, if you enjoy something, particularly something this innocent, healthy and inexpensive, what is the downside? Even if you’re completely addicted, it harms no one, except maybe those you neglect while immersed in coloring. Do we see a need for “Colorists Anonymous” for the hopelessly addicted? From what I can tell, most colorists are women–football widows, here’s your revenge–colorists’ widowers!! Enough blogging, I must go back to my coloring…

Fun fact: In 1958, Crayola changed Prussian Blue to Midnight Blue because according to teachers, students were no longer familiar with Prussian History.

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