synesthesia

Raye - posted on 01/13/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Who has or knows someone with synesthesia? If you don't know what that is, it's a mixing of different stimuli like tasting or hearing colors... numbers or letters being a certain color, or smell, or sound, or having personalities or animal traits... or any combination of cross-sensory experiences.

My only personal experience with this is once when I was a kid, I hurt myself and it seemed like blood tasted "green". My sister laughed at me and said I was stupid, so I may have ignored or repressed other occurrences. I don't get the same sensation now or with any other taste. I have a friend that says numbers have personalities (4 is mean, 8 is caring, etc.).

Since it came up on the recent episode of Big Bang Theory, I was wondering who else had experience with this.

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Raye - posted on 01/14/2016

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I don't know why it was limited to that one experience for me. I get phantom smells sometimes, but not frequently enough to be able to link them to anything, so I don't know if it's connected.

Sarah - posted on 01/14/2016

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Fascinating. I have heard of this phenomenon. Kids and adult who state the words have flavors and hearing the word triggers the flavor in their mouth. If you had a one time experience and no further events, I wonder why it was limited. I have never met someone who experiences this, but would love to hear more stories

Raye - posted on 01/14/2016

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I don't think this counts, but in high school, I had an English teacher that played a piece of piano music and asked us to write about it. I wrote about a lover returning to a park, remembering shared times with their love who was gone. I couldn't decide on a title, but handed the work in anyway. In returning my paper, the teacher informed me the name of the piano piece was "Nostalgia".

MaryAnn - posted on 01/13/2016

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I visualize sounds. Its overwhelming at times, and occasionally leads to anxiety. Music is amazing. Some songs are round, or uneven, some throws me off mental balance. Some songs are absolutely beautiful or calming imagery. Some are flippin' terrifying.

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