System of psychological vectors
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Green vector—eyes

Beauty will save the world

Some of us have had particularly sensitive eyes ever since we were born. In our system those people are accounted for in the green vector, one Viktor Tolkachev referred to as the “visual” vector.

So how can green-vectored people get pleasure from their significant area? Most of all they love gazing at beauty, or the harmony of colors and shapes. We can even take that one step further and say that beauty is to them as meat is to yellow-vectored people. Beautiful sights give their life joy, while a life bereft of them (something that happens all too often) forces green-vectored people to fill the void themselves: their lives turn into theaters where they play the lead role. Most important for this process is that people pay attention to them, which is why green-vectored people are constantly preoccupied with how they are perceived by others.

Compliments for them are more than a formality; they are the nutrients they (both men and women) need for survival. It is only when fed and watered by plentiful compliments that the green-vector “flower” can bloom. Women like this make a habit of getting to the office in the morning and spending the first chunk of their day incapable of working: they walk around, doing their best to chat with everyone in the office so as to pick up at least a few words from each person on how they look. They get to work once they have had their fill of compliments.

Mirrors are the focal point of green-vectored homes, hanging in the bathroom and kitchen as well as sitting on a shelf in the bedroom. Cars are also littered with them, though every last one is pointed at the driver. This vector has a tendency toward vanity that can sometimes be taken to the extreme of narcissism[1].

Green-vectored people are mostly helpless in everyday life: they have no idea what to do in tough situations, and so they need help and protection from the people around them. However, because their role is non-essential (they do not manage, build, or hunt for food), there is a chance they will simply be forgotten. That is why they feel the need to keep drawing attention to themselves, something that turns into exhibitionism.

Exhibitionism can be sexual (the kind of people who crawl out from behind bushes with their pants around their ankles), though most often it is non-sexual: any kind of self-demonstration or attempt to attract attention to one’s self (models, actors, and the entire show business).

The reverse phenomenon—a passion for peeping (voyeurism)—is also linked to the green vector: some are content to spy through keyholes or the windows across the way, while others buy telescopes and keep track of their entire neighborhood.

Because green-vectored people are fairly helpless, they generally listen to the alpha (the authority in their life). This vector takes the back seat and is vulnerable to both suggestion and hypnotism.

Green-vectored people use a scale of beauty to judge everything in their lives, including non-visual sensations like beautiful aromas, ugly behavior, beautiful sounds, and so on. They are the ones who thought up the slogan, “beauty will save the world”[2].

They also attach excessive value to how things and events look. As a result, they sometimes fall prey to swindlers offering something worthless in a pretty package. The same is true for how green-vectored people see those around them: they are so trusting that they believe people who can turn a phrase—an experienced gypsy, for instance.

Green-vectored people try to decorate everything around them in their everyday lives, making it attractive and memorable. Quite a bit of what they have at home and at their job serves no greater purpose than as eye candy, while buying an expensive but beautiful trinket with the last of their savings betrays a lack of thought for baser needs like how they will buy food. That is why trusting them with the family budget can be dangerous, leaving black- and yellow-vectored family members to die of hunger.

The cars driven by green-vectored people are just another thing for them to decorate: they repaint the body, fill the cabin with toys and pictures, and, of course, would never dream of tinting their windows (the people who do tint their car windows are black- and violet-vectored). How would anyone see all the beauty—including the driver—that lies within?

Tears of sadness and joy

The green vector is the most emotional of the eight vectors, given that tears are a way of activating its significant zone in lieu of other stimulations. Some green-vectored women love breaking into tears at the slightest provocation, making one up if they cannot find anything suitable. They might cry all night after seeing their man look at them askance, for instance.

Sometimes they get in so deep that they start thinking up ever more reasons to be upset. In the worst case scenario—green-vector neurosis—that sensitivity becomes their dominant psychological feature: they ferret out the implications of everything people say, even when those people have no idea what is going on. Mistrust then leads to regrettable misunderstandings in their lives.

Green-vectored people are extremely sensitive: they react strongly to everything they see and hear, crying at the theater and movies, when reading books, and when watching TV. They even think up sentimental endings to books and movies that also leave them in tears. Not only that, however, but they also adore imagining a tragic, if beautiful finale for the story of their lives.

Can you guess how green-vectored women watch horror movies? From around the corner or with their hands over their face.

“Have they killed him yet? I’m too scared to watch…” Meanwhile, the brown-vectored husband, who loves tormenting his wife, is also watching: “Yep, they killed him, you can watch.” She crawls out from behind cover just when blood spurts everywhere: “A-a-a-ah! Why would you say that?!” She bursts into tears, and he comforts her. They make a great couple: he tormented her a bit and then calmed her down (double the happiness for the brown vector), while she cried and was soothed (double the happiness for the green vector).

People like this jump back and forth between sadness and happiness at the drop of a hat, victims of quickly changing moods.

Incidentally, green-vectored people are also prone to tears of happiness. And it is not only scenes from movies or incidents in their life that does it for them: some men can get teary-eyed just looking at the powerful beauty of nature.

Nature for the green vector is the height of beauty on earth (after their own reflection in the mirror), as its colors and shapes are flawless. Contemplating it gives green-vectored people balance, heals quite a few diseases, and gives their life particular flavor. However, the flip side is that green-vectored people living far from nature and without access to it can wilt like a dainty flower in the desert. Green-vectored people who grow up surrounded by nature and then move to the city can suffer from poor vision, especially if they live in drab new apartment blocks.


Some green-vectored people believe in omens, others in horoscopes, and still more in fortune-telling. Regardless, they have one thing in common: they all live in expectation of a miracle. Their belief in miracles is even so selfless that they actually do happen in their lives! Most surprising is the fact that they do not have to do anything for those miracles to happen (red-vectored people are also lucky, though they have to work to get luck on their side).

Green-vectored people are imagination-driven dreamers with fantasies sometimes so strong that they are indistinguishable from real life. Their dreams can sometimes be like a TV show where each night they have a continuation of the previous night’s installment. Green-vectored people are known for their prophetic dreams and other presentiments, including clairvoyance.

Their internal make-up is so fine-tuned that they can sense vibrations other people cannot. They get subtle signals from the information field about events in the future (or those occurring right now, but on the other side of the planet).

Green-vectored children especially can see things others—especially adults—cannot. If your child says he sees something that you do not, hold off on taking him to see a psychiatrist. They have a hard time thinking outside the box in situations like yours, preferring instead to refer to their “directory of disorders” that has something like this written in it (the language has been adapted): “If the child sees something the doctor does not see, the child is schizophrenic.” And with that, thousands of ultrasensitive children are transformed into invalids to be treated by psychotropic drugs. Many people actually saw “something unusual” when they were young, though they are careful to hide that for fear of the suspicious looks cast by those around them. More often than not, these phenomena disappear with childhood, though they sometimes do remain throughout adult life as extrasensory abilities.

This vector is also characterized by other fringe conditions that are poorly understood by modern science: déjà vu[3]<, sleepwalking[4], and day dreaming.

Green-vectored men

Green-vectored men are gentle, sensitive, and vulnerable, capable of deep sympathy and empathy. They are preoccupied with the way they look and love beautiful things, though without the brown vector that has nothing to do with homosexuality. It is just that the green vector (without a black, red, or orange vector to counterbalance it) makes men a bit feminine.

Can you imagine a young boy with this makeup being drafted into the army and trained to kill? He would get sick, die, or become nothing more than cannon fodder. The green vector is the most delicate, meaning that survival in tough conditions (war, siege, or a deserted island) is doubtful at best.

Green-vectored men can do beautiful things for the sake of their beloved women. The red vector on its own is capable of those feats, though its heroism is primitive: a man might climb up water pipes to get to the woman he loves and ravish her right there. The green vector, on the other hand, might do something beautiful without a sense of resolve or purpose: a green-vectored man could stand for hours outside the window of the woman he loves holding a bouquet of flowers and have no idea what to do next. But the combination of red and green makes a man Prince Charming himself: he sets off fireworks, stands under the window holding flowers, and then, of course, climbs up the pipe to the fifth floor and…

Lastly, green-vector character couples with the brown vector and its heightened anal sensitivity to create fertile soil for homosexuality. While men with both green and brown vectors are not necessarily homosexual, note that both of them are strongly developed for practically everyone with that orientation.

Intellect and impracticality

The green vector has been blessed genetically with strong intellectual potential. Green-vectored people have wide-reaching knowledge of a variety of areas, though, in contrast to their red-vectored friends, they rarely make great discoveries.

Green-vectored people have excellent visual memory, meaning they can see a picture and imprint it indelibly in their extensive “filing cabinet.” They have a hard time remembering information that is spoken to them, as they need to see it with their own eyes. “A picture is worth a thousand words” is a phrase aimed directly at green-vectored people, while for blue-vectored people the opposite is true. Incidentally, black- and orange-vectored people need to touch things, as they trust neither their eyes nor their ears (people like that are referred to as kinesthetic).

The green vector is designed for fast and vivid right-brain thought that is completely lacking in logic. Children like this make great students and often win medals for their studies, though they have a hard time finding a practical use for their knowledge and talents.

The majority of them sit high above reality, which is why they need someone next to them who can take care of their needs and create the ideal conditions for their creative or intellectual work. That person could, for example, be a kind of producer who works to promote their talents and abilities.

If things turn out differently, green-vectored people risk becoming unrecognized geniuses who create only for themselves. Many people get a fantastic education and spend their whole lives with no one finding a need for them—they paint or come up with great ideas, though no one finds out until after they are dead. The problem here is not a native bashfulness; they are simply incapable of getting their life on track.

Green-vectored people are sometimes so impractical that they have a hard time applying their intellect to life’s everyday situations. They might visit the bank, for instance, pick up a deposit slip, see all the numbers they have to enter correctly, and start to feel a little sick. On the other hand, they do always have a trick up their sleeves: they attract attention (for example, by starting to cry) and the people around them rush over to help. Blue-vectored people, incidentally, are even more impractical: they cannot even cry for show. Put them in a similar situation and they will probably leave the slip sitting right there and just go home…

Love and sex

The green vector only has a very low sexual potential (Viktor Tolkachev even claimed it had none whatsoever). Sex for many green-vectored people is an ugly, unnecessary process they are willing to do anything to avoid. Green-vectored women often discuss this problem with their psychologists. Rolling their eyes and sighing aloud, they tell their awful tale: “My husband is a sexual maniac! He wants to have sex twice a month!”

Women like that remain infantile in their relationships for their entire life: they love being beautifully wooed (flowers, chocolate, kissing their hands), fall in love with characters from books, and sometimes never even get married. Green-vectored girls mature late and prefer men who are older than they are (whose sex drive has already slowed significantly). Nature has made them more suitable for raising children than for making them.

For the same reason, green-vectored people are sometimes prone to agalmatophilia[5], or falling in love with works of art. After all, paintings and statues are sometimes absolutely gorgeous, and they have no need for sex—what more could a green-vectored person want besides just gazing at and enjoying them? The same is true of erotic films: green-vectored people are perfectly happy when the scene following beautiful foreplay shows two people sleeping soundly in each other’s arms.

Green-vectored people prefer tender kisses on the eyes to all other forms of sexual attention. They also might mount a mirror on their bedroom ceiling to be aroused by looking at their own naked body. If they do in fact have sexual potential (thanks to other vectors), they can get very turned on by looking at erotica, and even cry during orgasms. It may not be difficult to imagine an emotional woman accompanying sex with tears of happiness, though a man sobbing during an orgasm is perhaps more out of the ordinary…

Many women dream of finding a gentle man—in other words, a green-vectored one. Men like that also look for beautiful, vivacious, and well-groomed women (read: green-vectored ones). Two green-vectored people make a fantastic pair: they hardly need either food or sex. All they need for happiness is to stare at each other or nature.

The love shown by the green vector is enthusiastic and demonstrative, if not as deep as it might seem. Green-vectored people fall deeply in love, and then…fall in love again—after all, life is boring without the passion of infatuation!

Recall Romeo in the first lines of Shakespeare’s eponymous tragedy as he rapturously discusses his love:

I am too sore enpierced by his [Cupid’s] shaft

To soar with his light feathers, and so bound,

I cannot bound a pitch above dull woe:

Under love’s heavy burden do I sink.

So who does Romeo feel so strongly about? Juliet? No! His fiery speech is inspired by Rosaline! At first he did not even want to go to the ball (where he would later meet Juliet) to avoid being tormented by memories of Rosaline:

What doth her beauty serve, but as a note

Where I may read who pass’d that passing fair?

However, his friends convince him to go to the ball, where he sees Juliet and makes a complete switch:

Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!

For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.

And farther on:

With Rosaline, my ghostly father? no;

I have forgot that name, and that name’s woe.

Green-vectored people can go into an unusual trance their cynical red-vectored friends would call “sexual excitement.” The following story from a seminar participant graphically demonstrates both the green-vector pull toward nature as well as the way green-vectored people talk:

“When I was 18 I happened across a magical winter forest. The snow-draped trees sparkled in the rays of the setting sun, while the softness enchanted so deeply that I was afraid to move a muscle. At that moment I felt a complete oneness with nature I had never before experienced. It was a state of exquisite closeness and intimacy that many yearn for in the arms of their beloved, though find only rarely and only to have flash by. Enveloped in a growing sexual excitement, I released my body into the greedy embrace of nature itself. And that is when I was blown away by one of the most unusual orgasms of my life…”

Appearance and habits

Recognizing green-vectored people is never all that difficult, as their attractive, put-together appearance makes them stand out in a crowd. Whether they stay up to date on the latest whims of fashion or simply develop their own style, the way they look is impressive. The brown-vector is also known for its neat clothes, though that neatness stems from a tendency more toward tidiness than beauty. Green-vectored people, on the other hand, could make even a mess look good.

Green-vectored people are generally slender. Their faces, of course, are highlighted by eyes that may be large, unusually shaped, or unusually colored—in short, they are prominent. Contacts or glasses are frequent accessories necessitated by a modern life that is hard on highly sensitive eyes.

Green-vectored women (and men as well) often look younger than they are and love wearing jewelry: rings all over their fingers, bracelets, and large hooped earrings. They also are big fans of the many accessories they can use to decorate their clothes and personal belongings, and prefer happily colored clothes—all the many shades of green, especially. Of course, piercings and tattoos are also par for the green-vector course, though only if they also have a strong orange vector.

People with an unaccepted green vector may dress brightly (even to a glaring degree), though without taste or style. They certainly attract attention from people around them (just like any bright object), though that attention is lost just a second later.

Green-vectored people are thrown into a panic over even the smallest stain on their clothes, and would never wear other people’s clothes. While thrift stores are heaven for the orange vector, the green vector would not dream of wearing something someone else has worn. Just imagine the tragedy a green-vectored child born into a big orange-vectored family would live through (green-vector neurosis would probably be in the cards for that child).

Obviously, their favorite color is green, and their favorite shape is the circle. That is why they are drawn throughout their lives to round and green things: round tables, round chairs, and round picture frames for rectangular pictures. They adore freshly cut flowers and everything else they can use to decorate their home.

There is one more shape besides the circle that green-vectored people find delightful: the golden ratio[6]. The golden ratio is considered to be a natural geometric law, which is why the green-vector eye finds it so pleasant. There are many things in nature, including parts of the human body, that reflect the golden ratio. Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting of a man with his arms and legs outspread along a circle is dedicated to this relationship.

Green-vector handwriting is beautiful and refined, like how the best girls at school write: letters are rounded, capital letters have curlicues or other decorations, and signatures are works of art. Both children and adults prefer to write using colored ink (green, most often), and enjoy doodling wherever they can find some free space.

Green-vectored people speak brightly, emotionally, and even theatrically, with an abundance of facial expressions and gestures. Their impressions of other people are spot-on.

They have great memories and can go back and relive anything that happened in their life by finding any old trinket that reminds them of it. “Ah, my husband gave me this 20 year ago,” triggers stories, tears, and bittersweet memories.

Many green-vectored people have such cold biochemistry that they even have a hard time keeping warm in the summer—their hands, feet, and ears are always cold… However, that biochemistry keeps them looking young all the way into old age: they retain some element of childishness (and sometimes infantilism) throughout their lives.

Green-vectored people are nibblers for whom the beauty and harmony of their food is most important: the spoonful of oatmeal they have for dinner is served on a spotlessly white tablecloth and accompanied by two fancy spoons next to three equally fancy forks. If the table is set carelessly, they may lose their appetite entirely; it was actually green-vectored people who got together with orange-vectored people to invent etiquette and good behavior. The former cannot do without beauty, and the latter have to have rules.

When it comes to alcohol, green-vectored people are lightweights. They attract even more attention when drunk, sometimes even stripping off their clothes in public. Because alcohol is too strong a substance for them, they prefer smoking a little light marijuana—many famous artists have used it to stimulate their imagination.

Regardless of their love of nature, green-vectored people do not like hiking. Instead, they enjoy nature surrounded by the comfort of warmth and cleanliness, far away from any mosquitos.

Professions and work

It goes without saying that green-vectored people are first and foremost actors. However, there are not enough jobs for them all, so the rest often set up theaters in their own lives (at home or at work).

They are talented artists, sculptors (if they have a black vector), photographers, designers, modellers, stylists, makeup artists, barbers, museum attendants, tour guides (if they have a yellow vector), and cameramen.

Green-vectored doctors give excellent, accurate diagnoses, as they can see diseases by their micro-symptoms. They are generally ophthalmologists, radiologists, diagnosticians, or nurses (“sister of mercy” is perfect for the green-vector character).

Green-vectored people also make excellent teachers at schools and kindergartens: they get along well with children, though they can sometimes get pushed around.

Fast thought processes and being in-tune with other people’s emotions lets them work with in client-facing positions, especially where tact and attention are needed. However, it is important to remember that green-vectored people are volatile in an aggressive environment, prone to bursting into tears and running away.

Experienced bosses know there are other ways to incentivize their green-vectored employees besides money. Beautiful compliments, especially those said in public, are much more important than any kind of monetary bonus. Imagine what a find those employees are for stingy orange-vectored bosses!

Kindness will save the world

Out of all the eight vectors, green-vectored people are the kindest. They are philanthropic, hospitable, tactful, and friendly, and they never forget anyone’s birthday. Other people’s attitudes, opinions, and health are always given close attention.

Green-vectored people can empathize with and make sense of other people’s emotions as if they were their own, and their kindness makes them great shoulders to cry on. After all, complaining about life always feels better when you are with someone who can really sympathize with you.

Even going beyond that, people like this subconsciously assume the lives of others. When a friend comes to complain about how she is having a fight with her husband, she is having issues at work, and her leg is bothering her, the next day the green-vectored woman’s leg also starts to give her trouble and parallel problems start to appear at home and at the workplace. Sometimes green-vectored people immerse themselves so fully in other people’s lives that they have a hard time returning to their own—one they take relatively little responsibility for. Some spend years playing a character and experiencing their friends’ feelings.

If they have a role model, they may adopt his posture, gestures, habits, and way of speaking (all the while having no idea that a transformation is taking place).

These qualities are beautifully illustrated in Woody Allen’s film Zelig, where the main character subconsciously transforms into the people he talks with.

The finer points of communication

The green vector prefers physically talking from a distance: in comparison with the general norm for personal space, they take another half step away from the person they are speaking with. Of course, that makes it hard for them to have conversations with black-vectored (and sometimes orange-vectored) people, as they are prone to invading that personal space.

Green-vectored people attach strong value to looking the other person in the eye when they are talking. Getting into a staring match, on the other hand, is just as unpleasant as the opposite problem, and the discomfort generally makes them avoid eye contact altogether.

People like this have no tolerance for rudeness, vulgarity, toilet humor, or obscene language, all of which throws them for a loop or makes them cry.

One way to manipulate green-vectored people is by playing to their soft spot. If they believe and sympathize with a clever manipulator, they will do anything they can to help.

On animals

Green-vectored people could never squish a worm, chicks who have fallen out of their nest reduce them to tears, and they will spend any amount of time to save a fly who fell into some milk. If your child has a strong green vector, you can be sure you will be opening a shelter for homeless animals or a veterinary hospital. All the suffering animals in your neighborhood will end up under your roof: “Mom, dad, this kitten will live with us too!”

Once during a seminar one of the women went for a walk during a break and returned in tears: “In the courtyard… there is… a hurt pigeon! A cat could just eat it! We have to do something!”

The group immediately splintered along vector lines. The teary green-vectored girls begged everyone else to save the pigeon, though they were unwilling to do anything themselves. The brown-vectored people said, “Does anyone have a needle and thread? We should sew up the wound…” The black-vectored participants had a simple solution: “We should just put it out of its misery.” Yellow-vectored people said, “Pigeons taste terrible, so we’re not going anywhere. Let’s just chat here for a while.” The orange-vectored group was as logical as ever: “Sure, a cat will eat the pigeon, a dog will eat the cat, the dog will be made into sausage, and we’ll eat the dog. It’s the circle of life.” There were no red-vectored people that day, so there was no one to take charge. In the end, you can guess what happened: the pigeon was left on its own and the girl sat there crying for the rest of the lesson…

Farewell, sweet world!

As you are already aware, green-vectored people will do anything for attention. If their normal methods are not working, they may decide to try a “show suicide.” Ultimately, they have no desire to take their own lives, as they are too concerned with the problem of how they will look in the coffin. Poisoning would leave them jaundiced, hanging would leave them blue in the face, and slitting a vein would leave them pale with blood all over them. Just thinking about how they would look after drowning or jumping from a rooftop makes them queasy.

Much better to throw pills around their apartment and write everyone a letter beforehand: “On such-and-such a day at such-and-such a time I will leave this world, so the door will be open.” Then they hang themselves using a thin cord or jump from a first floor window (the second floor works if the first did not do the trick). Of course, disaster can also strike: green-vectored people occasionally take their act too far, climb onto the windowsill, slip, and fall in the wrong direction…

Green-vectored children

Children with this vector need to be surrounded by pleasing shapes and colors. They also need to feel constantly protected: green-vectored babies should not spend more than 24 hours away from their mothers. They love going to sleep while it is still light outside, so long as someone else is nearby, and they need love, care, and shelter more and longer than other vectors.

Green-vectored boys are just as sensitive and gentle as green-vectored girls, as tears are their first reaction to the problems life throws up in their path. Even the littlest things will have them sobbing, which is when their (black- and orange-vectored) mother comes over: “What are you howling there like a girl for? Stop it! Suck it up, you wimp! You’re going to be a soldier, a pilot, a bodyguard, a protector, maybe a firefighter… Get out of here if you’re going to be such a crybaby! Men don’t cry!” Incidentally, that phrase—“men don’t cry”—puts many boys on the path to green-vector neurosis.

Green-vectored boys generally hang around women: their mother, sister, or grandmother, for example. They prefer sitting at home sewing to taking apart a carburetor with their father.

Green-vectored children can lay on the couch doing nothing for hours. Their parents may think they are just lazy, but the truth is they are deep inside their rich imagination. The only thing the parents should do is give them paints or a pen—but never teach them how to draw! While they may never be great artists, they will be balanced people capable of expressing themselves on paper.

Children like this generally eat slowly and very little; it is almost as if they only need food for their eyes. They should never be made to eat, as that could ruin their metabolism and lead to any number of illnesses.

And what usually happens at kindergarten? The yellow- and black-vectored teacher says, “Kids, first you finish eating, then you can go play.” Meanwhile, there is a round-eyed and green-vectored girl sitting there wondering where she will put all her food… Well, the soup she can leave on the floor—the cat has been eyeing it for a while. Her yellow-vectored friend would be happy to take her meat off her hands. She can wrap her noodles up in a napkin and throw them away later, but she’ll go ahead and drink her juice herself. That juice is a complete lunch for the green vector, something that is perfectly natural—it is just how their organism is set up.

A monkey tale

Viktor Tolkachev used to say that the main role for green-vectored monkeys in the troop is as day watchmen. They sit high up on a hill and use their excellent vision to see everything around them, including a leopard closing in on the troop. What happens next? The green-vectored monkeys let the yellow-vectored monkeys know about the threat, and they in turn loudly shout to warn the troop. That is when the red-vectored monkeys get involved, organizing their black-vectored members to gather up the troop’s supplies and get ready to run. The red-vectored monkeys are assisted by the orange-vectored monkeys, who keep everyone disciplined and in line. The brown-vectored monkeys are last, gathering up everything that is left or was dropped in the rush, and with that the troops takes off to get away from the leopard. But what about the green-vectored watchman? He stayed there and everyone forgot about him, seeing as how the green vector is so numerous (there will always be a replacement). However, if the green-vectored watchman also has an orange vector, and neither vector is accepted, then the herd runs off and even shoves him toward the leopard (everyone else gets away while the hungry leopard eats his fill). Combining imbalanced green and orange vectors results in a “sacrificial lamb” (martyr complex[7]).

By the way, that combination of green and orange is a common one among women, though there is no sacrifice involved when both are accepted. To the contrary, it can be highly productive.


Just as with the other upper[8] vectors, the green vector is less than hardy: green-vectored people have weak immune systems, often catch colds, and so on. They—and especially men—enjoy getting sick, as they can lay on the couch with a tragic expression on their face: “This is it… I have a fever… [98.7] I'm dying…” Of course, what they really want is for everyone to jump in and take care of them, in which case they will be feeling fine by the next day. If, on the other hand, they do not get that attention (or if they just so desire!), they may stay sick for weeks.

Of course, all eye diseases are rooted in an imbalanced green vector. If green-vectored children witness violence or worse at home, a psychological shortsightedness or even partial blindness may quickly develop: “What’s the point of seeing this world if it’s so ugly?!”

When green-vectored people are in neurosis, they stop caring about their appearance, how they dress, what they create, and even their dreams. They no longer notice the beauty around them, instead constantly taking offence and crying. The good news is that all it takes to quickly get them out of their neurosis is some attention, affection, and skillful compliments. The best medicine for green-vectored people is contemplating nature, beautiful paintings, and the harmonious things around them.

I would like to finish this chapter by talking about a problem some green-vectored people begin to deal with even in childhood. In science it is called body dysmorphic disorder, or a dissatisfaction with one’s own body in laymen’s terms. Something about their appearance seems ugly to them: their nose (or ears or mouth) is too big or too small, or their chest is not how they would like it to look. These are the people who visit plastic surgeons, though they are rarely able to find what they are looking for so long as deep down they still think of themselves as unattractive[9].

Because of this it is important to tell green-vectored children when they are very young that they are beautiful, and that there is no standard of beauty they have to meet.

Coupling the green and orange vectors can lead to a comical way of caring about one’s appearance:

A woman visits a plastic surgeon and asks for breast implants.

“Ok,” says the surgeon, “the latest silicone implant costs $5000.”

“No,” the woman answers, “that’s too much.”

“All right, then the next best option costs $2000: the material isn’t quite as good, though in general it will do the job just as well.”

“That’s still too pricey for me,” the woman continues, “Do you have anything cheaper?”

“Well, let’s do this then: I’ll make incisions in your armpits, and all you’ll have to do whenever you want your breasts to expand is flap your arms and pump them full of air. That will cost $200.”

“Oh, that sounds great!”

The operation is successful, and a few weeks later the woman is at a restaurant and has her eye on a man at the bar. She flaps her arms like she was taught, her breasts expand, and… The man gets up, walks over, and starts energetically stamping his feet, saying, “Madam, it looks like we have the same doctor!”

Films to watch (with green-vectored characters):

  • Amélie, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France and Germany, 2001 (Amélie, played by Audrey Tautou)
  • Some Like It Hot, directed by Billy Wilder, USA, 1959 (Sugar Kane Kowalczyk, played by Marilyn Monroe)
  • Zelig, directed by Woody Allen, USA, 1983 (Leonard Zelig, played by Woody Allen)

[1] Narcissism is a character trait marked by an exclusive obsession with one’s self. The term comes from a Greek myth about Narcissus, a good-looking young man who rejected the love of the nymph Echo. As punishment he was doomed to fall in love with his reflection in a lake and die of that love.

[2] This phrase from The Idiot, by Dostoevsky, is generally understood to be taken literally, in contrast to the author's understanding of what beauty is. The book saw Dostoevsky diverge significantly from accepted views on aesthetics, writing instead about internal beauty, the beauty of the soul, and the sum of moral qualities that make up a “positively beautiful person.”

[3] Déjà vu (from French, “already seen”) is a psychological condition during which a person feels like they have already experienced a similar situation. However, they are generally not able to remember any details from the instance they think they are remembering.  

[4] Sleepwalking (somnambulism) is an abnormal condition during which people do things in a dream state. Their behavior looks purposeful and reasoned, though they are actually acting in accordance with what they are currently dreaming.  

[5] Agalmatophilia is a kind of fetish where the subject gets satisfaction from owning an image of the human body (paintings, statues, or pictures). The term comes from the Greek words for statue and love. 

[6] The golden ratio (divine proportion) is when the ratio of two quantities is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. In other words, we can cut a square off of a rectangle with the golden ratio and get a new, smaller rectangle with the exact same ratio between its long and short sides. The ratio of the long side to the short side is 1.618, while the ratio of the short side to the long side is 0.618.

[7] A martyr complex is when a person has a propensity for suffering. They see no other way to gain the love and attention of those around them in everyday life than by selflessly caring for them (stemming from a feeling of guilt), though at the same time they blame those people for their victimhood.

[8] The upper vectors are the ones above the mouth (green, blue, and violet), in contrast to the lower ones (black, red, orange, and brown). The yellow vector takes up the area between the two groups.

[9] Michael Jackson went through an incredible number of surgeries, though he was never able to come to terms with his appearance before his death.


[2] Pedant — a person who is excessively concerned with formalism, accuracy and precision or who makes an ostentatious and arrogant show of learning.



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