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Regulation psychology and the Lüscher cube

In 1953 he spent two weeks in a mountain hotel recuperating from kidney surgery. While he was there he achieved the most important breakthrough in his ideas on regulation psychology, taking what had till then been a two-dimensional system and expanding it to four dimensions, with the cube as a representative model (actually it was a sphere).


In 1953, the Psychological Yearbook "Jahrbuch der Psychologie" Rascher-Verlag, Zurich) published excerpts from a major post-doctoral work on "Philosophical Anthropology, Psychology, and Culture" written in order to satisfy the eligibility requirements for the position of professor. This work led to his becoming, at the age of 33, a psychology professor in Amsterdam in 1956.

The 8-color test in 1969 became a best-seller in the US for years on end, and remained on the best-seller list in Germany for months in 1971. It was later translated into 29 languages.

Max Lüscher lectured at numerous universities in both Western and Eastern Europe, at Yale University=s school of medicine and psychology department in the US in 1980, and later at universities in Rome, Santiago de Chile, and Melbourne, Australia. He also taught courses on the psychology of shapes and colors at the State Academy of Design, i.e. the "Hochschule für Gestaltung" in Linz, Austria from 1978 to 1990.


A system of logically defined categories from regulation psychology serves as the basis for the Lüscher color diagnostics, which by that token, is a totally integrated system, enabling him for the first time to establish a therapeutic strategy logically derived from the objectively structured diagnosis. The therapeutic strategy could be applied to psychological techniques and, with input from doctors in specialized medicine, to methods with psycho-vegetative effects, in order to find the appropriate psychopharmacological agent, for example. In 1990, Lüscher discovered a way of pairing up homeopathic medicines with color preferences. Drawing on the expertise of the Swiss doctor Bruno Weber, M.D., it subsequently became possible to outline the structure of the homeopathic medicines in terms of a color code with 4- to 12-digit accuracy, and thus to obtain a highly differentiated and direct indication of the most suitable medicine. In addition, the miasmas of Hahnemann, which correspond exactly to the cube model of regulation psychology, were used in 2000 to develop a logically-based systematization of homeopathic medicines.

Additional areas of regulation psychology

In recent decades, Max Lüscher has expanded his regulation psychology beyond the limits of color into applications in other emotional areas - to the objective and universally valid definition of emotional symbols, such as, for example, in dreams, formal and color representational forms, or body movements; postures and gestural mouth functions; temporal concepts; ideologies; color, formal, and ideational aspects of graphic design, architecture, and advertising. Psychological explanations are found in the tables of the Lüscher color diagnostics and in part in his central work, The Law of Harmony within Us "Das Harmoniegesetz in uns" 7th edition, ECON-Verlag, Munich), first published in 1985.

A number of his books are bestsellers, and have been reissued repeatedly for thirty years, such as "Signale der Persönlichkeit" and "Der 4-Farben-Mensch" (Personality Signals and The 4-Color Person). His most recent book, "Die Farben der Liebe" (The Colors of Love) has already been translated into eleven languages.

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