A Blind Woman Explained How Her Family Described Colors To Her

January 29, 2020

Have you ever wondered how you would explain colors to a blind person?

explaining colors to a blind person

Although they can't see the color, they can still feel them.

A post on the list-making website li.st illustrates the powerful connection between color and what we feel.

"After a great doctor and a lot of work, I can see just fine now," wrote a user named Ashley, "but for a while in my childhood, after a period of nothing, all I had was light and dark."

So, she explained that her friends and family tried their best to translate color into feeling.

This is what they said for a few colors.


"They had me stand outside in the sun. They told me that the heat I was feeling is red. They explained that red is the color of a burn, from heat, embarrassment, or even anger."


"They put my hands in their pool. They told me that that sensation I felt while swimming, that omnipresent coolness, that’s blue. Blue feels like relaxation."


"I held soft leaves and wet grass. They told me green felt like life. To this day it is still very much my favorite color."

Another user commented and added their own description of Yellow.

"They had me stand outside on a breezy spring day. I heard the birds and smelled the flowers. This was the color of the sun and it was yellow."

What do you think the description of the other colors would be?

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