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If You Love Autumn, You Are…

by Maryann Pisano on September 10, 2013


The information presented in this website and the comments from Dr. Hughes are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or psychological disorder. The information presented is not a substitute for medical, psychological or psychiatric treatment. You are advised to seek professional medical and psychological help as necessary.

If Autumn is your favorite season, what does this say about your personality?  

Seasons mean different things to different people and are often primarily

defined by the weather wherever someone lives.  Here in Chicago, fall is often

fleeting and glorious and distinct.

The 2 words that best describe someone who favors fall are INTENSE and COMPLEX.

More than any other season, fall embodies often rapid and profound changes that

resonate best with someone who is psychologically open to sudden and meaningful


To elaborate, let’s look at the sensory pieces of fall:  first, the sights are

nothing short of magnificent.  Forests of monochromatic green burst into bright

hues of red and orange.  Second, temperatures become very pleasant and are

easily navigated with cozy layers.  The smell of pumpkin pie spices and cinnamon

bring a warmth that can only be appreciated when temperatures dip below 60

degrees.  And walking through piles of crunchy leaves is a sound we all remember

from Trick or Treating or from taking the long way home.

Mentally, fall is often considered the REAL new year.  In our culture children,

and often adults, see fall as a signal to start anew.  A new grade in school,

new shoes, a new box of crayons.  With newness there can be excitement,

trepidation, and instability.  Fall is the perfect time for this intense and

complex dynamic.

So if fall is your favorite season, start enjoying it now!  The colors and

sounds and fresh start will soon fade to a muffled, cozy winter.

Dr. Carsi Hughes received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University Medical School. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in adult psychopathology, clinical neuropsychology, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Academic appointments include Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology and Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies at Dominican University.

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