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    I see sound -not in colors,

    but more like transparent shapes, waves and lines. I have never met anyone with this type of "ability". For the more "traditional" kind of synesthesia, I have colors for letters, numbers, days of the week and words. I see touch, which appears as transparent, abstract shapes just...
    epicloud epicloud 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 18, 2014

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      Recently, a friend suggested I might

    have synesthesia. He said it after I had been explaining that I can't remember people's names and instead remember then by other things. After doing a bunch of research, it seems that I have the kind where letters and numbers have colors. I am wondering if anyone can help me...
    gabo12 gabo12 13-15, M 2 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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    I just discovered this today,

    but I've had it forever I think. I hear colours in music, see emotions as colours, associate colours with people, taste colours, feel colours... I live in a colourful world and I love it! I'm partially tone deaf because of tinitis, but music is more beautiful than anything to me...
    rissriss rissriss 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 22, 2014

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    I am 15 years old. Last year I became extremely

    depressed and started hurting myself to ease the heartache of grief. I am now fully recovered, but in that process of recovery I was seeing a therapist. We were talking one day as we usually do, and to avoid conversation about my actual problems, I started ranting about one of...
    rek13 rek13 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 24, 2014

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    i personally love my synesthesia,

    it has never really bothered me until recently. but now it becomes very distracting. and considering i have all but one subtypes, its an even bigger issue.
    shiftangel1113 shiftangel1113 22-25, T Oct 20, 2014

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    I Have Emotion≫Color Synesthesia

    I have Emotion>Color Synesthesia. I also see colors related to some people. When I am having strong positive emotions I see wonderful swirls of various colors. This also happens when I am relaxed but I guess that is a pretty positive state also. I see the color of my...
    SpioradSaor SpioradSaor 51-55 2 Responses Aug 1, 2013

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    I have taste when I smell things.

    Give me a rose and I will tell you its bitter, because it is. Tear of the petal put it in your mouth and chew it, it will be bitter. I only have to smell it to know that. (rose hips are sweet in tea because people add sugar) Some times people ask me how something smells and I...
    Gr3mL1N Gr3mL1N 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 25, 2014

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    I didn't know what i had was a thing

    until i read the news. i thought that it was just me and my imagination. i associate numbers and colours. 6 is red, 7 is green, 8 is royal purple, 9 an orangey brown.
    thelostgirlq thelostgirlq 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 28

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    I never realised that my vision of things was

    not normal. I believed that everybody saw numbers and letters and other things in colour. A couple months ago, I randomly read an article about it and I asked other people, when I told them that I saw words, numbers, letters, days and months in colour, they thought I was crazy...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 28, 2014

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    I have sound synesthesia.

    Like for every note I play on any instrument or whenever I hear music, I see colors. Those are the colors I see when I listen to each note in the picture. I also have emotion-synesthesia. Purple is happy, dark blue is sad, orange is angry, a greenish, blueish (sometimes grayish...
    Crazyguitarist Crazyguitarist 13-15, M Feb 23

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    I have intense chromesthesia,

    to the point where my choices in music are determined as much by my perception of how the music 'looks' as what it actually sounds like. Music that is extremely colorful or textured is extremely appealing to me. And for the record, when I say chromesthesia I mean it. It's much...
    LunarDelta LunarDelta 31-35, M 3 Responses Feb 14, 2014

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    I recently started thinking about sound

    and synesthesia and realized I had it to a certain degree (more shapes than colors), but not so much that it impairs my life as I don't actually physically see the shapes or colors, I just think about them. This really scared me because when I first learned about synesthesia I...
    Phocidae Phocidae 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 17, 2014

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    I have Spatial Sequence Synesthesia Most

    specifically the months of the year, numbers (as high as I have ever attempted to count or picture), the days of the week and the letters of the alphabet all have specific places. I also see color when experiencing pain. I have always thought it was kind of fun and never have...
    BetsyRen BetsyRen 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 9

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    "cash"

    I used to think it happened to everyone; words having tastes. Since I was young I would taste words and even pictures. Some words even have textures. Although it can be distracting, I embrace it. "cash" tastes like Hamburger Helper (stroganoff, to be exact). Have...
    BrutMystik BrutMystik 36-40, F 52 Responses Dec 20, 2009

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    Help With A Study On Synesthesia And Learning!

    Hello Synesthetes! We are Olivia Iles and Alyssa Martin, and we are students in the Science Research Program at Yorktown High School and Rye High School. For our research, we have been working with Penny Jones and Dr. Sean Day on a survey that looks to discover if there is any...
    synesthesiaproject synesthesiaproject 16-17 5 Responses Jan 10, 2013

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    Smells Have Words

    A while back I came across synesthesia and finally understood why I do what I do and why not a lot of people understand. I had to reach out to someone on here to know if what I was experiencing was synesthesia, but now it makes sense. I still have yet to find anyone else to...
    thetypical thetypical 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 11, 2013

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    Smelling Sounds

    No one really has this type of synesthesia, but I'll explain, whenever I hear my parakeet chirp it smells like a big wad of Cotton Candy, and when my math teacher talks, I smell the foul stench of vinegar. I THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY!
    artisticgirl123 artisticgirl123 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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    School And Synaesthesia

    I've recently noticed how teachers are often completely unaware of synaesthesia. I've read on here many cases where teachers have misunderstood people because they have made a comment or done something relating to their synaesthesia. This causes the person to be subject to...
    AliceMai AliceMai 16-17, F 3 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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    Hmm...it Is Synesthesia!

    It took me a while to realize this is a form on synesthesia. Originally, I just thought it was those people who can taste and see sounds. For me, numbers are male and female, young and old. I had just figured it must be something like my imagination getting the better of me, and...
    Brieks07 Brieks07 22-25, F 15 Responses Jul 26, 2010

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    I have a daughter with synesthesia.

    she has not minded it her whole life, but recently it has been interfering with her ability to pay attention in school. she'll start seeing colors when her teachers speak, and she'll try and stop her experience and then go into a panic attack and need to excuse herself to get...
    wreed8888 wreed8888 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 3, 2014

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    Hey you guys! I would really like your input on

    this. Ever since I can remember foods have reminded me off food. I don't taste the food at all, but most words stand for a very specific food. For example: all/wow is mac and cheese, those/these are green grapes, can't is pop-tarts, etc. I was just wondering if that's a form of...
    MaryWpse1 MaryWpse1 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 7, 2014

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    The Vibrations Of The World

    Years back, I was troubled because I would "hear" vibrations, or rhythm like beats, I could "hear" these when in class, when walking, anytime it was somewhat quiet. It really was irritating and I worked hard to block those "sounds". I would literally try to tap my foot to a...
    SpioradSaor SpioradSaor 51-55 4 Responses Sep 4, 2013

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    Things Taste, Sound, And Smell Like Colors

    I dont know why. A lot of Greenday's music sounds gold, Red jell-o tastes blue, some flowers smell purple. I dont know how else to describe it, it simply smells, tastes, and sounds like colors! It all began on a day in middle school when everyone was really into greenday, and I...
    SynysterGates510 SynysterGates510 22-25, M 5 Responses Sep 6, 2011

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    God And Pain (A Christian Experience)

    It is commonly said in Christian circles (and backed up with certain Bible verses) that God takes away our pain because He bore it all on the cross. Well it would be nice if we never had to suffer, especially not much. God certainly can and does take away pain at times, and...
    GreenButtercup GreenButtercup 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 20, 2013

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    I have emotion-color synesthesia.

    I think. I experience my emotions as colors. And I experience them so strongly that I have a hard time translating how I'm feeling from the color to a word that makes sense for other people. Like, when my best friends and I are all together for the first time in over a year...
    NorseGirl12 NorseGirl12 22-25, F Feb 15

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    Synesthesia :)

    I've had synesthesia ever since I was little, and it's pretty awesome :) I can remember seeing vivid colors whenever I heard music (I always remember seeing these vivid yellow swirls whenever my dad turned on the song "Dancing Queen" ) and I can remember when I first learned to...
    ColorMyNumbers ColorMyNumbers 16-17, F 2 Responses May 31, 2012

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    I Have Sound-color, and It's Wonderful!

    Hey there, I've had it since before i can remember, sounds and songs have always had very vibrant colors and shapes. I didn't actually know it was anytrhing special until I was eighteen and a half, and I was explaining how this song looked, and my girlfriend told me that she...
    Atomik00 Atomik00 19-21, M 14 Responses Oct 7, 2008

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    I have Colour -> Emotion

    and Sound -> Emotion synesthesia. This means that whenever I see a colour, I either experience a certain emotion or I can express my emotions using colours. The sound one means that I react to different components of an environment/song than the intended purpose, i.e. I may feel...
    pickapon pickapon 13-15, F Oct 27, 2014

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    I Just Found Out I Have Synesthesia!!!!!

    Wow. Had no idea until now. I never realized that not everyone sees the world in as much color as I do. Everything is color to me: Sounds, words, numbers, dates, names, music... I seriously had no idea. I have lived all my life thinking that seeing colorful transparent geometric...
    LoneWolff LoneWolff 13-15, F 9 Responses Nov 19, 2010

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    It's the hardest thing to explain to someone

    (I'm what they call more of an "associator" than an actual visual experiencer -- I see colors with musical notes, but it's like they're BEHIND my eyes, but everything in my vision becomes SLIGHTLY tinted with whatever color I hear in the music). But without it, I wouldn't write...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 18

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    The Colors Of Music And Taste Of Language.

    Hi everyone. This is my first post on EP so sorry if it comes out a little akward. I have had synesthesia all my life (i have 2 types) and I will say that it affects my life profoundly. I have been "seeing" sounds for as long as I can remember and tasting words since about 1st...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Jan 7, 2013

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    I think I have several types of synesthesia.

    I only just found out that it was a thing not everyone has, so I am still quite new to the idea. These are the things I experience- Numbers have colours. Only numbers 0-9 and 17 have colours. They are (for curious people) - Zero is black, One is white, Two is a light...
    OceanButterfly OceanButterfly 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 29, 2014

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    So excited to find this :) I have never met

    or known another person with synesthesia. Like some of you, I don't talk about it because I don't want to scare or confuse people. My synesthesia is mainly seeing letters/words/numbers in color. Admittedly, it made things rough when I was younger. But now, it's a beautiful...
    AlleywayGospel AlleywayGospel 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 3, 2014

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    Ever since I can remember,

    I've always had really weird experiences as I'm falling asleep that I'm pretty sure have to do with synesthesia. I'll see a 3D image, and a bunch of things click in my brain and that image seems really familiar like I've seen it every day but also like it sums up me and my mind...
    Phocidae Phocidae 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    I have just joined this forum

    because I was hoping to officially self-diagnose my synesthesia with the help of others, or perhaps realize I don't have synesthesia. Either way, I need others's help. I believe I only have grapheme color if I really concentrate, or possibly not at all. I think I have OLP, but...
    beccaem2472 beccaem2472 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 27, 2014

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    Not Letter-color For Me

    I have one that I haven't seen an official name for... so i'll call it timeframe sysnesthesia. I have colors for days of the week and months. I know one or two other people that have months but I am the only one I've met with days. If you're interested here are the...
    DexiKiix DexiKiix 16-18, M 26 Responses Nov 27, 2007

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    My Super Power!

    I have had a form of synesthesia since I can remember, but did not know what it was. My earliest memory was telling a teacher in grade school that a friend of mine tasted like purple. She was wearing a bright, jewel toned, grape colored shirt. I was laughed at by the teacher and...
    karamelhni66 karamelhni66 46-50 2 Responses Apr 19, 2013

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    So I Have Many Types Of Synesthesia, But The Biggest Ones Are Emotion-Tactile And Sound-Tactile.

    I'm actually 18 years old and only recently discovered that I have synesthesia because I never knew people don't experience it and never noticed it because it was so ordinary for me. I used to ask people what their emotions felt like and get very confused looks. "What do you mean...
    vanilahairspray vanilahairspray 18-21 1 Response Sep 14, 2013

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    What Color Or Taste Is My Name?

    I am the biggest fan of synesthesia, although, sadly, I don't have it. I just read about everyone's fabulous experiences. It's got me curious -- my name is Denise, and I was wondering what flavor my name is to you, or what color, or personality, or shape, or however your...
    dtravelbug dtravelbug 36-40, F 31 Responses Feb 2, 2013

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    My Experiences With Synesthesia

    For as long as I can recall, I've had synesthesia, but it's only been in the last two years or so that I've learned that term. For a long time I thought it was something normal that happened to everyone. I was quite shocked to find out that it's actually fairly rare. For the most...
    colorsofwanderlust colorsofwanderlust 18-21 9 Responses Jul 1, 2010

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    I have synesthesia, an abnormality in the

    parietal lobe of the brain in which your senses can be linked together and you have a strong ability to associate objects. In my form, all material inanimate objects become personified in my head. Example: the letter A is a tall slim man with orange hair. He is very talented...
    oodleskaboodles oodleskaboodles 16-17, F 6 Responses Apr 15, 2014

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    When I was little I thought smelling colors was

    normal. I never talked about it because I thought everyone smelled the same things I did. Then as I got older smells started to change; I began to smell things the same as everyone else. Again I though it was normal so I didn't say anything. Later once I began to remember the...
    TryingToLoveLifeNow TryingToLoveLifeNow 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 5, 2014

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    I'm not sure if anybody else experiences this,

    and I'm not sure if it's synesthesia, but when I hear a name I relate it to a food or an object. For example, Danielle reminds me of spaghetti and Allison reminds me of vanilla yogurt. I feel strange even explaining it because everybody thinks I'm weird. I thought everyone did...
    bayleeengel bayleeengel 16-17, F Feb 11

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    I have synesthesia and I love it.

    Nearly always. Since I can remember I've been thinking in colors. Associating each word, letter, phrase with different colors. People/cities/feelings have colors as well. Names have color, but when associated with the surname or that one particular person they can suddenly...
    vaiuba vaiuba 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 22, 2014

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    Emotion> colour I only realised recently it

    wasn't normal. Took fifteen years.
    Istaysecret Istaysecret 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 27, 2014

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    Conversation with my mildly synesthetic

    mom: Me: I like this song because it has accordions and accordions are orange with black spots Mom: You don't say things like this to people at school right... Me: No... Mom: Good because accordions have black and white spots Anyway, I've been having a bit of trouble dealing...
    Phocidae Phocidae 16-17, F Nov 24, 2014

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    Having recently figured out

    that I have synesthesia, my perception of what is 'normal' and not due to synesthesia has been confusing. Earlier today, I decided to go to one of my best friends for answers. I was amazed and glad about how excepting he was! I am really glad that someone doesn't think I am...
    gabo12 gabo12 13-15, M 2 Responses