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Synesthesia! Is not really a condition so much as a different perspective of senses. That is, things get mixed up in the brain somewhere, and you'll hear colors, see sounds, taste words and such and such.

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Comment by The1andonlyAbber on March 31, 2014 at 6:38am
Actually, I think I do have a mild form of synesthesia. When I read, I can kind of see the letters as both black and blue/red/green/whatever at the same time. With synesthesia, are you also able to tell what color the letters are " supposed to be"? I can also vaguely remember actually tasting words. The whole "tasting words" thing seemed to go away as I got older, though.
Comment by The1andonlyAbber on March 31, 2014 at 6:30am
I'm not sure if I have synesthesia or not. I don't necessarily taste words or see colors when I read, but I very strongly associate certain words with certain tastes and certain letters with certain colors. I know where some of the tastes come from (for example, the word "butter" seems like it would taste buttery and the word "sports" tastes like Sprite because the first time I ever drank Sprite was at sports practice). But most of them don't make sense.
Comment by The1andonlyAbber on March 31, 2014 at 6:25am
@Jenna, most "normal" people do that. The senses of smell and taste are very connected (in fact, some scientists are now saying that they might be the same thing). That's why it's harder to taste food when you have a stuffy nose. Don't worry about it.
Comment by sarah on March 1, 2014 at 11:24am
Does anyone else find it really hard to explain to people who don't have this ? I see days of the week and months in a pattern and in colors also letters and numbers. For a long time I didn't realise other people didn't see things ...in colors or patterns.
Comment by Thomas Truxal on September 17, 2013 at 12:40am

I often associate names and sounds to various colors. For example, in my mind if I spell Amy, it is a yellow name. If I hear a G on the piano it sounds orange. The name Mike is red and so on. I worked at Starbucks for 5 years and I could remember people's names after one interaction because I their name had a certain color in my mind. As I left western culture and came to Asia, I have been absolutely horrible with remembering names.  It's harder for me to spell their names and as a result I don't see it in my mind, and I am not able to assign a color to these fast, foreign, non-western names. Kind of crazy, but an Fsharp will always be green!

Comment by Tracey Louise Fly on June 16, 2012 at 10:31am

Hi, Delorean,

I have to disagree, with all the research I have done I do think Synesthesia is a condition and it has been recognised at least twice in history. You could say yes it is a perception of senses, but it IS believed by scientists to be an abnormality of the brain. Even though it is percieved as a gift, or a curse, whichever, it is likely to be a condition.

 

My Synesthesia is quite mixed but horribly strong and sometimes I hate it. I have number and letter gender, personlity and colour Synesthesia which is great for remembering things. I also have taste Synesthesia and time pattern, date pattern ect Synesthesia (My year is a oval my week in a line, the 90's are red...) but the worst part, the part that makes me realise something is either not quite right in my brain or is something...spiritual (?)...is my triggers, I so much have to hear the a word or see something (always random, rarely the same) and a memory triggers in front of me, a memory I do not remember and is from the past (well so it seems). Sometimes these triggers make me feel sad or stressed and always frustrated. It is so hard. My partner is being great but he just about gets it. It takes over my life as well as my Meladaptive daydreaming. I went for a EEG (I think that is correct) about five years ago and the doctor said there is something not right in my brain waves.

 

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Comment by Dusty on March 1, 2012 at 4:48pm

Haha I don't think that is synaesthesia. I think that synaesthesia is based on a psychological or mental connection between senses rather than a physical one.

Comment by Jenna on February 18, 2012 at 6:37pm

I'm not sure if it is considered synesthesia. 

Comment by Jenna on February 18, 2012 at 6:14pm

Does anyone has this issue. It isn't like this all the time but if I smell something kind of strong, it's like I can almost taste it sometimes. Anyone has similar experiences?

Comment by Mr Lee on June 23, 2011 at 5:48pm
I had never heard about it until my daughter informed us that she had Synesthesia. It came up in one of her music classes at college (because several composers had/have the ability to see colors in relation to music). She said she's always seen certain colors in relation to certain notes but never realized that others did not.  Of course I had to research this only to realize I had it in a different way. I visualize time in patterns. Day, weeks,months and years all have a set pattern to me. Not a big deal really and it's not anything something I could ever use like a person who would see numbers in color. With my daughter, she see the colors in her mind as apposed to some who would them with their eyes. I only hope she views it as a gift. So far we're the only two in family.
 

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