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Synesthesia - February 14th 2011, 03:19 PM

I think I have mind synesthesia. For those who don't know synesthesia is where people perceive letters/numbers/words as different colours. Sometimes people can smell/taste words, colours and music.

I've always associated the days Monday as red, Wednesday as yellow and Thursday as green. It's weird to see them in another colour. I was just writing a diary for my mental health nurse and when I wrote "Wednesday" in green it looked so odd :| when I colour-coordinate days the colours for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are always the same. The reason I didn't write Wednesday in yellow today was because the ink wasn't visible.

I also remember having Penguin chocolate bars when I was a kid:



the colour of the wrappers used to be different (I think they were green, yellow, red and blue) they used to taste slightly different to me due to the colour of the wrapper even though they weren't different at all.

Has anyone else here got synesthesia or mild synesthesia?

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Re: Synesthesia - February 14th 2011, 03:42 PM

I remember watching a documentary on this awhile back. There was a convention of synesthetics (I don't know what the actual noun is, but that's going to be my guess) and they followed around one girl who could see sounds.
Anyways, as synesthesia isn't a disorder or illness persay, as it doesn't cause any sort of impairment at all to those who have it, I wouldn't be too worried about it if you do have it. However, your description of how the candybar tastes different to you because the colours of the wrapper have changed is inconsistant with synesthesia. It is quite possible that the recipe for the chocolate bar has simply changed over the years, this has happened to many different candies with the increased awareness on the effects of candy on children.
Also, I don't think you have it. Not only is it very rare but what you described just doesn't sound like it. Synesthetics always see the letters as a certain letter for example, no matter what colour that letter is drawn as they will always see it as that colour. It's very consistent. What you described sounds like you always write the days of the week as a certain colour and because you ran out of a certain colour you wrote one of the days as a different colour this time. The fact that it looks odd to you as a different colour is to be expected because you're used to seeing it as the other colour, however as a synesthetic you would still be seeing it as the other colour.
The "disorder" (I don't like calling it that) is one of experiencing things differently consistently and automatically. It's not one of assosiating a word with a colour and being accustomed to seeing it that way.

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Re: Synesthesia - February 14th 2011, 03:50 PM

I do this too exactly the same only I also associate Tuesday with blue


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Re: Synesthesia - February 14th 2011, 04:01 PM

I remember one day in primary school my teacher told me to remember to bring in my P.E./games kit on Wednesday, I said to her "don't worry, I'll think of yellow" she looked at me like I had two heads

I'm not too worried about it but I'm just curious what your guys opinions were


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Re: Synesthesia - February 14th 2011, 06:27 PM

It's not synesthesia because it's not an automatic response applicable to a wide range of letters (for your case). I don't know what to call what you have, certainly not a disorder. Maybe a quirk, unique characteristic or feature.


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Re: Synesthesia - February 14th 2011, 06:39 PM

If you use it to your advantage (which it sounds like you do) I would go as far as to call it a gift.


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Re: Synesthesia - February 14th 2011, 09:11 PM

I hear colors. Used to have some information about Synesthesia in my signature lol



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Re: Synesthesia - February 15th 2011, 03:43 PM

I'm pretty sure I don't have synesthesia, but I do associate lots of things with different genders. For example, 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 are male, but 2 and 4 and 8 are female. January and March are boys, but February, April and May are girls. I get it with days of the week as well, and some words. It's weird. :/


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Re: Synesthesia - February 15th 2011, 03:51 PM

@Marissa, what do the colours hear like? I'm quite interested in this


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Re: Synesthesia - February 15th 2011, 04:12 PM

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I'm pretty sure I don't have synesthesia, but I do associate lots of things with different genders. For example, 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 are male, but 2 and 4 and 8 are female. January and March are boys, but February, April and May are girls. I get it with days of the week as well, and some words. It's weird. :/
A rare, and somewhat overlooked type of synesthesia is the personification of words and numbers and letters. Some people see, for example, Monday is a grumpy word, Tuesday is sad, Wednesday is happy, etc.
Seeing them as either a boy or a girl is also personification. If you do it without thinking about it at all, and it's always the same then maybe you do have some form of synesthesia? You never know, not like it's all that important to know if you do or not but I think it's kind of cool that you perceive written language differently than everyone else.


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Re: Synesthesia - February 15th 2011, 04:19 PM

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A rare, and somewhat overlooked type of synesthesia is the personification of words and numbers and letters. Some people see, for example, Monday is a grumpy word, Tuesday is sad, Wednesday is happy, etc.
Seeing them as either a boy or a girl is also personification. If you do it without thinking about it at all, and it's always the same then maybe you do have some form of synesthesia? You never know, not like it's all that important to know if you do or not but I think it's kind of cool that you perceive written language differently than everyone else.
Oh that's really interesting. Yeah it's always been like that, without thinking!! I remember when I was very small having a chart of the alphabet on my bedroom wall and going through them once picking out which were boys and which were girls. I'll look into it


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Re: Synesthesia - February 19th 2011, 02:50 AM

I am a synesthete too. For as long as I can remember, I've always perceived the days of week to be in the following colors:

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It feels so weird seeing these words written in black sometimes.

Also, when I'm given certain combinations of words or formulas, I instantly assign a distinct personality or color to each of them. That helped me survive sophomore year chemistry, since I could remember common compounds such as NaNO, BaSO, and NaCl (forgot the exact number of atoms of each element, haha).
   
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Re: Synesthesia - February 19th 2011, 02:55 AM

My friend sees each letter as a different color. So the letter A is tinted one shade and B, another. So when she reads it's like reading the rainbow. Awesome.


   
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Re: Synesthesia - February 19th 2011, 06:51 PM

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I am a synesthete too. For as long as I can remember, I've always perceived the days of week to be in the following colors:

Monday
Tuesday
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It feels so weird seeing these words written in black sometimes.

Also, when I'm given certain combinations of words or formulas, I instantly assign a distinct personality or color to each of them. That helped me survive sophomore year chemistry, since I could remember common compounds such as NaNO, BaSO, and NaCl (forgot the exact number of atoms of each element, haha).
If you can see the words written in black it's not synesthesia. Synesthesia is automatic and consistent, so you would never see them as any other colour if you did have it. Assosiating words with colours is very different than synesthesia.


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Re: Synesthesia - February 19th 2011, 06:57 PM

I thought you could see them in other colours but in your "mind's eye" it would always be the same colour to you.


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Re: Synesthesia - February 19th 2011, 09:03 PM

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If you can see the words written in black it's not synesthesia. Synesthesia is automatic and consistent, so you would never see them as any other colour if you did have it. Assosiating words with colours is very different than synesthesia.
Oh, that wasn't what I meant. What I meant was that it's weird physically SEEING the words in black when they're written on paper. Sorry about that!
   
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Re: Synesthesia - February 19th 2011, 09:36 PM

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@Marissa, what do the colours hear like? I'm quite interested in this
Uhm, like mostly with music and other sounds with tones and whatnot. Like, take a violin. It is really pink to me, whereas a piano or something is Red, and an electric guitar blue. Then when they're playing in a song or something it kinda like. moves around



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