GROUPING AND MARKING THE 8-COLOR SEQUENCE
Where the eight colors are selected once only in their order of preference from most liked to most disliked, there is little alternative but to group them in pairs. The first two colors are marked +, the next pair X, the third pair =, and the final pair —. While this often results in a reasonably accurate interpretation, there are numerous advantages to going through the eight colors twice.
Wherever possible, two series of selections should be made with a short interval of a few minutes between them. No attempt should be made on the second selection to try deliberately to remember and to reproduce the first sequence of colors. Choices on the second occasion should be made as though the eight colors were now being seen for the first time.
People occasionally believe that going through the colors twice is some sort of a “memory test” and they are expected to reproduce exactly what they chose the first time. Not only is this not so, but in general it can be said that a second selection which reproduces exactly the first selection indicates the existence of a certain rigidity of attitude and inflexibility of spirit.
Let’s assume that a test selection was as follows: 1st red; blue 2nd; 3rd violet; 4th yellow; 5th green; 6th brown; 7th grey; 8th black. The test-protocol would be: 3 1 5 4 2 6 0 7
If no second selection is made, then the 8-color sequence would be grouped and marked as follows: 3 1 5 4 2 6 0 7
+ + xx = = —
and it would be necessary to consult the Interpretation Tables with these groups.
When a second selection is made after a short interval of two or three minutes, it is likely to be slightly different and some of the colors may be transposed, while some may move further forward or further back in the row. Where two or more colors change position but still lie alongside a color which was a neighbor in the first selection, then a group exists, and this is the group which should be encircled and marked with the appropriate function-symbol. These groups will very often differ to some extent fromt he simple grouping in pairs of the above example.
Assuming that a second selection is made by the same person who made the above choice, we might get the following.
1st selection: 3 1 5 4 3 6 0 7 and selection: 3 5 1 4 3 6 7 0
In this case, it will be seen that blue (1) and violet (5) still lie side by side although their mutual position is reversed. The same applies to grey (o) and black (7). Red (3) stays in 1st position in both cases, while yellow (4), green (3) and brown (6) all keep the same position in the second selection as they have in the first. Grouping is therefore carried out as shown below.
The rules for marking such test-protocols are:
1) The first group (or single numeral) is marked +
2) The second group (or single numeral) is marked X
3) The last group (or single numeral) is marked —
4) The whole of the remainder is marked =
Where pairs exist, they must be used for interpretative purposes rather than single numerals, and for this reason the “indifferent” area (=) in the last example has been divided into two groups (= 4 = 2 and = 2 = 6).
Adopting the above rules for grouping: and marking may result in cases in which the colors of the first and second selections are assigned different symbols. In this case, both selections should be separately marked, as follows:
1st selection and 2nd selection
The second selection usually occurs more spontaneously and is more valid than the first selection, especially in doubtful cases. It is therefore the grouping and marking of the second selection which should be used for entry into the Tables.
A number may be common to two different functional groups, in which case both groups should be interpreted and the protocol marked as shown below:
1st selection and 2nd selection
In this last case, the groups to be looked up in the Tables will be: +3+1, XiX 5, = 4 = 0, — 7 = 2, — a — 6 (there are also the two additional groups + 3 — 6 and+ 3 — a but no mention of these has yet been made).
After grouping, it will sometimes be found that two colors of a group in one selection have become separated or split up in the other selection, standing alone and un-paired. When this is so, the single colors are enclosed in a square (see two examples below).
In cases such as this, the Tables should be consulted (or the appropriate meanings of both the group and the two colors of the separated pair. In the first example above, the entries for + 3 + a °nd for + 3 — 2 should both be used; in the second example, X 4, – 5, and X 5 X 4 should all be entered and interpreted.