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Does anyone have synesthesia?

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Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

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i've had synesthesia for as long i could remember. i only recently found out it had a name. i've always confused it with other things and i used to think everyone had it.

i have one of the most common types, numeric/letter -> colors which is the strongest.
i also have sound -> color. letters/numbers -> taste. gender/personality personification, and shapes.

i don't project the colors either, most people with the music/color thing do though. they see shapes or lines physically come and disappear. i kind of associate it, or see it mentally like in the back of my mind.

this probably sounds like a load of nonsense to somebody who's never heard of this, it's also very weird to describe.

i was just wondering if anybody else had a form of synesthesia. its always interesting to see what colors and sounds and shapes and tastes they get for certain things.

over 3 years ago

#1
Emily Dawn

Emily D.

NOVA SCOTIA,
Canada

1967 posts

I don't have it, but I'm fascinated by it.

0 · December 23, 2010

#3
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Emily D.

my friend envies me for it, but i'm not sure why!
i couldn't live without it though. plus it helps me remember things SO much better.

0 · December 23, 2010

#4
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

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really you see shapes! and yes i understand what you mean by that haha.

for sound it's very odd. depending on the weather i can only listen to certain types of songs because the colors i see and "feel" i associate with that season/weather. otherwise it's distracting or pisses me off.

it's so interesting how many people with synesthesia are into the arts.i've always loved art and music and literature (as well as history).

my earliest memory about it was when i was in kindergarten or pre-k, and in art class the teacher was playing music and told us to draw base don the music. i couldn't grab all the crayons in time before the colors disappeared.
i also loved staring at the graphic music player that would change based on the song you were listening to into various shapes and colors.

have you ever had it in your sleep before? sometimes i'll compose music in my sleep with it. i can barely remember enough to write down when i wake up.

hehe i've never talked to anyone else who's had it before

0 · December 23, 2010

#5
Kristy J

Kristy J.

ONE END OF TOWN TO THE OTHER,
Canada

1041 posts

This is so cool.

0 · December 23, 2010

#6
Ricardo Tier

Ricardo T.

RIVERSIDE, CA,
United States

213 posts

I came across this topic like two years ago and I did a little bit of research on it because it was so fascinating to me. I mean, how cool would it be to taste words or numbers? I wonder what your name tastes like :P Or mine! If you know tell me! But anyway, I was interested in it because of the associations between colors and numbers. I mean, from what I read, some people literally looked at a number on paper or on a screen and they saw it in another color, even if was black. Does this happen to you? Like, a 7 would be yellow or something like that. I think I envy you as well! The funny thing is LSD and shrooms can temporarily blend the senses and in theory, the user can experience what someone with synesthesia sees.

I think Discovery did a documentary on this either this year or last year so you might wanna go on youtube and search for it. I wanted to watch it but I missed it.

so interesting!

0 · December 23, 2010

#7
Ricardo Tier

Ricardo T.

RIVERSIDE, CA,
United States

213 posts

I'm not sure if this is it, but be warned, the quality sucks, it's bearable because it's so interesting!

video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4297264301326388608#

0 · December 23, 2010

#8
Ellis  Dee

Ellis D.

VANCOUVER,
Canada

7615 posts

Yes, I've experienced it before, but I'm far too burdened by the weight of individual lettters to type my experiences in full out.

0 · December 23, 2010

#9
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Ricardo T.

your name -> freshly cut wood. it smells like it and looks like it. haha. again i don't know why, people think i bullshit this.

i don't see the numbers in different colors, but "feel" them as different colors. it's harder to explain since i don't tend to project anything. 2 feels like red to me. 1 and 0 feel like white. the letter K is calm and collected like a responsible mother. and octagon is like the funny quirky uncle, and it's sea green.

and 7 is the color of blackberries!
i heard psychedelic drugs can enhance that. other than that my brain is just wired strangely and all the senses blend differently. there are SO many types of synesthesia.

0 · December 23, 2010

#10
Randi  Butler

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@Ricardo T.

this is great! haha one guy said 1 is white, like me.

that number plain thing is amazing.

0 · December 23, 2010

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Helen C

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ENGLAND,
United Kingdom

1262 posts

@Randi B.

"i don't see the numbers in different colors, but "feel" them as different colors" :

It's exactly the same for me! Sometimes it's so strong that I can almost see the colours, but not quite. For me it's:

0 : White
1 : Black
2 : Yellow
3 : Green
4 : Red
5 : Blue
6 : Pink
7 : Violet
8 : Purply blue
9 : Really dark blue

And some letters have colours as well, like A is red and E is yellow.

0 · December 23, 2010

#13
Randi  Butler

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i'm pretty sure that's still synesthesia because you're relating them with personality (i do too, more-so with gender). letters have a lot of personality.

synesthete.org/index.php

i did a few of the tests on here and the results are really interesting! these are some of my colors:

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0 · December 23, 2010

#14
Randi  Butler

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@Helen C.

alot of people see E as yellow! it's always blue for me. even the pitch of the E string on the violin is blue.

and yeah for me they are kind of tinged, but i can feel them. kind of in the back of my mind (weirdly described). it's not very strong for me, although i wish it was!

0 · December 23, 2010

#15
Helen C

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United Kingdom

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@Helen C.

Wow, I didn't know synesthesia extented to musical sounds as well. It's 2 and 3 that are the strongest for me.. they scream yellow and green haha. My sister thinks it's a total load of crap though lol :)

0 · December 23, 2010

#16
LUNA LOIS

LUNA L.

PANS LABYRINTH,
United Kingdom

207 posts

@Randi B.

this looks quite scary......

0 · December 23, 2010

#18
Ellis  Dee

Ellis D.

VANCOUVER,
Canada

7615 posts

Sound has always had a peculiar taste, which is usually flavoured in some sort of colour.....numbers scare me greatly, my real last name is a number which is even more freaky.

For a long time there has been a correspondence between the colour wheel and chromatic musical scales.

0 · December 23, 2010

#20
Charles Olivier W-M

Charles Olivier W.

QUEBEC,
Canada

658 posts

Haha, when I was young I associated numbers with genders... 0,2,5,6,9 are girls, and 1,3,4,7 are boys. 8 is unisex. But I just realised that the numbers for girls seems to have more curves than those for boys. hahaha

0 · December 23, 2010

#21
Mara C

Mara C.

LAS LOUIS AND ST. VEGAS,
United States

4925 posts

I associate smells with colors, YEP.
It's probably one of the more hilarious manifestations of synesthesia. But it's also part of the reason smells affect me so much, to the point of making me wretch and/or vomit. I'm like my mommy in that I'm already very sensitive to smell, and then when I have to deal with colors and sometimes patterns of colors on top of a smell that bothers me, it's even more annoying. One of the reasons I can't stand to be around pot is not just the smell, but the nauseating pink/yellow prickly blobs that accompany it in my peripheral vision.

Roast chicken is awesome, though, it's like this purple and pink argyle-ish pattern.

When I'm sick with a cold, smells often get screwed up for me (like they do for many people), and things REALLY change. I remember one night when I was really congested, my dad was cooking with garlic butter, and that smell that I normally like became so pungently terrible, and the orange color was so jarring that I refused to come downstairs and stayed in my room where the smell was less evident.

Another actual vomit-worthy incident was when we dissected cats in my biology class, and they weren't so well preserved... and we dissected them over a period of two weeks. By the end of the first week, I was already having trouble standing over the cat because I was disgusted by the smell and also distracted by this grey-green fuzz, and at the beginning of the second week I walked into the classroom and then ran outside and started dry-heaving.

Apparently it's fairly common to have more than one type of synesthesia, but I'm not so sure if I can say I also associate tastes with colors, because taste and smell are so inherently linked that I can't exactly separate the two if I'm eating something and therefore smelling it and therefore seeing a color. But yeah, you can see why I'm such a picky eater. I've gotten better, though! :p

0 · December 23, 2010

#22
Randi  Butler

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reading everyone's experiences is so interesting man.
today i think i projected something. i was listening to as you cry by the hush should and i saw green transparent rectangles that went away very fast. but only green. i didn't see any other colors.

0 · December 23, 2010

#24
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

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United States

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to anyone with music/color synesthesia, do you have perfect pitch?

0 · December 24, 2010

#26
Alexe G

Alexe G.

MONTREAL,
Canada

1917 posts

I read a book about synesthesia before, it was so interesting, Do you also link people's names and specific words to particular colours?

0 · December 24, 2010

#27
CHARLOTTE P

CHARLOTTE P.

EAST ANGLIA,
United Kingdom

53 posts

i've never heard of this before.
but i link colours and animals to numbers and people.
for example; four links to yellow and sheep
and my best friend dayna is orange.
is this the same sort of thing?

0 · December 24, 2010

#31
Mara C

Mara C.

LAS LOUIS AND ST. VEGAS,
United States

4925 posts

@Randi B.

I have perfect pitch, but not that type of synesthesia. 8D

0 · December 24, 2010

#32
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

i myself in particular don't have a strong musical synesthesia (as in, i don't project colors or see shapes really. but i "feel" flashes of color when i listen to certain songs or play music (things like cover art can be distracting).

i learned piano by ear when i was 5 and couldn't read music until i started to learn violin through the school when i was 10. however by then i could already play mozart and beethoven by ear (simplified though). it wasn't too hard learning the treble clef because i remembered the colors for the sounds and now i just gave them a name.

however im not quick to really say it's tonal -> colors because i don't see them but feel them. the closest way to describe it as i feel as if they're right behind my eyes or in a behind place i can't reach.

however i don't think i have perfect pitch. maybe relative pitch? unlike what you said, i can identify individual notes easily even without a reference of middle C. i can ever give the notes of frequencies of things around me like car alarms or bells, ect. chords are harder, i can't name them beyond basic ones. i've never learned the techniques and names even though i'm going on my 12th year of piano. I barely understand what augmented and diminished and 7th chords are. I hate i never could afford lessons.



0 · December 25, 2010

#33
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Mara C.

lucky duck! that'd help me so much in choir! i can't watch shows like american idol because i get really frustrated when i hear people off pitch. or when the girls in my choir start singing in a different key then the song was in.

0 · December 25, 2010

#34
Mara C

Mara C.

LAS LOUIS AND ST. VEGAS,
United States

4925 posts

@Randi B.

Aw yeah... you probably have a very good ear, it's really not necessary to have absolute pitch as a musician. But it's a good party trick...

0 · December 25, 2010

#36
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

ah i could see that :/

that'd be lovely! especially because i've always wanted to learn jazz, and i can hear how different the structure is. and i don't think it'd be bad to just pot it here. for the public. knowledge is power and all that junk

0 · December 25, 2010

#37
Selina M

Selina M.

LONDON,
United Kingdom

4924 posts

every song and piece of music has several colours and sometimes patterns for me. i quite like it. when i listen to the same song, it's the same every time

0 · 20 days ago

#38
Selina M

Selina M.

LONDON,
United Kingdom

4924 posts

also my cousin has it with numbers but its not the same colour attributed to each number everytime

0 · 20 days ago

  

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