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I Am Actually Colorblind… WTF?!

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This is just… it was meant to be a joke. But it’s apparently not. Here’s the thing… I kind of have an issue with the colors green and grey, and thinking back, it’s always been this way.

I see my sister’s kitchen as grey, yet she claims it’s green. When I saw my parent’s new couch, I couldn’t really figure out if it was green or grey – still can’t, TBH. Then when I visited a house with sis we couldn’t agree on the color of the kitchen again; I saw grey, she saw green, and now my buddy’s bought a new pair of headphones that I swear are GREY, but he claims they are military green and the packaging it came in says the same thing.

I was sure it was some sort of prank they were all pulling on me. That they had somehow come together to make me believe I was just crazy… for the fun of it. Yes, haha.

So I just took a test and the result… well, look above. I really didn’t think you could be partially colorblind. I thought it was an all of nothing kind of thing.

Color me surprised, pun intended. I guess what I am most surprised about is how I could go 38 years without figuring this out? In my defense, it does say “mild” so I guess that’s why. Surely, it can’t be that big of a difference. Just enough to cause a bit of confusion.

People with ‘faulty’ trichromatic vision will be color blind to some extent and are known as anomalous trichromats. In people with this condition all of their three cone types are used to perceive light colors but one type of cone perceives light slightly out of alignment, so that there are three different types of effect produced depending upon which cone type is ‘faulty.’

The different anomalous conditions are protanomaly, which is a reduced sensitivity to red light, deuteranomaly which is a reduced sensitivity to green light and is the most common form, and tritanomaly which is a reduced sensitivity to blue light and is extremely rare. The effects of anomalous vision can range from almost normal color perception to almost total absence of perception of the ‘faulty’ color.

This makes sense in a weird way… if I can’t see green as well as other people, that could explain why I tend to drift towards the really vibrant green shades and not the more muted ones. Maybe it’s because I can’t really see them for what they truly are?

Like… if it’s a faded green, maybe I see it as grey? There does seem to be evidence of this… both in my many personal experiences with these different color situations/discussions involving multiple different people over the years, and in regards to what this test claims.

Great, just great… yet another thing where I am defective.

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5 thoughts on “I Am Actually Colorblind… WTF?!”

  1. There is a humorous irony for me reading this post, because the font colours make it difficult for me to read. I often highlight text on webpages that do not have a black font. Or, black font on some coloured backgrounds can be difficult to read. Although I am only slightly coloured blind, it can be a nuisance sometimes. I found out when I was young that red chalk on a blackboard is invisible to me. 🙂

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    1. You know what. The color font on this blog causes me trouble too… however, my OCD wants the font to match the rest of the site and therefore won’t let me change it. Also… it wouldn’t just be one post. No no… my OCD would compel me to go back and change it on every single post. So… green it is and green it stays xD

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