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    Growing up, I always believed

    that everybody saw the same things I did when listening to music (or any sound for that matter). I always chose my favorite music based upon what colour it was, rather than what it sounded like. I was very vocal about this, but adults saw it as childish rambling. It wasn't until...
    SamJanowiak SamJanowiak 13-15, M 1 Response Jun 18

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    I find it strange how many forms I have.

    Letters and numbers have colors, so do sounds, songs, instruments, smells, days of the week, months, seasons, and even memories, although those are also spacial. Ever since I can remember, I would mentally place things that i needed to remember in certain colored folders in the...
    BeingInMonochrome BeingInMonochrome 16-17 2 Responses Apr 13

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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

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    Synesthesia has to be the biggest thing I had

    to overcome after my car accident. While yes, the death of my parents wrecked me emotionally, my sister was able to help me with that... She couldn't help me with the synesthesia however. My great grandfather also had it; but only after an accident he had in his 20's. I got...
    JustGetBackUp JustGetBackUp 18-21 1 Response Mar 28

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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 16-17, F Jul 18

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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 56 Responses Dec 20, 2009

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    It's becoming too much - I have sound-color

    synesthesia. It's beautiful, but latel it's been intensifying. It's at the point where I can't see things on walls. Everyone thinks I should get glasses but I know that won't help, because all the color will still be there. Is there anything I could to to at least "tone it down...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Feb 9

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    Confused About My Colors

    So I've had synesthesia for as long as I can remember. Numbers and letters have colors, and quite a few of them even have personalities and textures to go along with that. Some songs feel like certain colors and textures to me as well. That's usually about as far as it goes...
    theprobableone theprobableone 18-21 3 Responses Jun 16, 2013

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    I am synesthetic. For those people

    who don't know, synesthesia is a neurological condition, (not a disease) that crosses two or more of the senses in the brain. For me, I have colored hearing; example being that a slamming door leaves a tomato red circle in my vision for a few seconds. I also have colored letters...
    sos7 sos7 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 24

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    i have auditory tactile,

    number space, and a synesthesia where everything has a personality. if i don't use a cup for a week, it will get lonely and feel left out etc. if i hear styrofoam it feels as if i am being scratched all over with claws. and i see weeks, days and months in actual space in front...
    Sake1008 Sake1008 13-15, M Jul 17

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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 25 Responses Nov 27, 2007

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    I see Images in my head

    when I listen to music of me dancing with my favorite celebrities,Family,Friends or just everyone I know. Kinda like a dance story od love, break ups, Happiness, Romance, all genres. It's this wired feeling I've had, but didn't know the name of it. I'm glad I know what it is...
    ThatIndieChick96 ThatIndieChick96 16-17, F Apr 8

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    I Thought I Had Ocd.

    I had to go to therapy when I was younger.  My parents split up, I refused to live with my dad and my Mom and I barely ever got along.  One day the therapist asked me to say all the months backwards, for some reason.   I thought about it for a second...
    Fujita Fujita 18-21, F 11 Responses Dec 21, 2008

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    I have just joined this forum

    because I recently self-diagnosed my synesthesia and told my mom about it. I only have grapheme color if I really concentrate. I have OLP, but in the way that I get a general feeling from numbers, letters, and sometimes words, and I then have to put this sense into words, kind...
    beccaem2472 beccaem2472 13-15, F Jul 6

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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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    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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    Sound/Touch Synesthesia

    I have Sound/Touch except mines a little different than anyone's I've read about . I feel the sounds like electric patterns down my back (Electricity is the best I could compare the feeling to since there's no other feeling like it). Voices tend to shoot straight down my spine...
    alexmarie214 alexmarie214 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 3, 2013

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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

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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 26 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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    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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    Hi everyone, I am doing a project on

    Synesthesia for school. I am researching if Synesthesia has any affects on learning and what your experiences were in your educational career. If anybody is willing to share your story, it would be very helpful! Thank you, Cynthia
    cynthia93 cynthia93 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 24

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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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    doggylover101101101 doggylover101101101 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 10

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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

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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 2 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    Personality -> Smells?

    Hey, I have a few different aspects of Synnie, but one that I haven't heard from anyone else is People having a "smell". It's not an actual physical scent, it's something that their personal energy (Aura?) throws at me. Like my best friend... To me, she's...
    NemoRayne NemoRayne 18-21 6 Responses Feb 6, 2009

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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 2 Responses Jul 27

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    Not exactly a story per say,

    more of a concern. How many of you drive? I'm reaching the age of where I'm expected to learn how to drive, but my sound to colour Synaesthesia means, for me, that when it gets too loud, or too high pitched, I can't see. I'm aware that this could be extremely dangerous, and I'd...
    MrDifferent MrDifferent 16-17, M 1 Response May 12

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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 Sep 3

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    It's "discovery" is recent,

    but it's been here since forever. I don't have any of the crazy music-colour stuff, or anything like that. Just plain old grapheme-colour, with a touch of something else. In my case, letters and numbers are colourful to the eye. I'm a "projector", so I see the colours in front...
    wrizza wrizza 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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    I Had Synesthesia, Lost It, And It Came Back.

    For as long as I can remember, music was different to me. When I told my mum when I was a kid, "please play the blue song again" She just laughed and said I was seeing things. No kidding. I never knew the name of this "thing" I had until I lost it a week ago.Whenever I listen to...
    Juneling23 Juneling23 18-21 14 Responses Aug 14, 2011

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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 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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    Maybe? So I feel like my type of synesthesia

    might not count because it isn't super sensual or anything cool. I associate numbers, letters, days of the week and some months to colors. I don't see them on the paper, but I know in my mind exactly what colors they should be. Same with some words and names, they don't appear...
    rubymcc rubymcc 22-25 2 Responses Jun 1

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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

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    i am 16 and i am a lunatic,

    like i love adrenaline rushes and i love to scare people. not like boo but like telling them im going to rape them and eat them which i would never do, but its funny. i think it all started with the drugs. i used to just smoke pott then moved on to harder drugs and would be on...
    mikewtf mikewtf 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 12

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    Im Not Sure If This Counts But....

    I see scenes of places that I have either been before or even dreamt of (sometimes changed versions of actual places), when doing routine things eg. cutting broccoli or cauliflower up is a fountain on the prominade in cheltenham (uk), brushing my teeth is a street sign that says...
    kuronekko kuronekko 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 3, 2011

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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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    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 1 day ago

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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 7 Responses Nov 19, 2010

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    I Can't Believe There Wasn't a Group For This!

    I always thought it was "normal" that all my numbers and letters had assigned colors.  Then I read an article about it and realized that not everyone saw things that way!
    cmjm cmjm 16-18, F 7 Responses Nov 24, 2007

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    I have posted under this

    as most appropriate topic. It is actually my 8 yr old son who I think has this (related to numbers and colours). I was sent some online tests to do which indicated he has. I am now at a loss of what to do to progress this and get a more professional opinion (or diagnosis if...
    nolanl nolanl 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 12

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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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    Hi. I Like You. Your Voice Smells Like Cookie Dough.

    I've always smelled, visually and colorfully seen, and physically felt sound. Also, I see touch and pain the same way I see sound. It gets overwhelming at concerts or even if I'm listening to music with through a good AMP. My last boyfriend's voice goes from a smell of vanilla...
    shibbybibby05 shibbybibby05 18-21 7 Responses Jul 13, 2010

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    Hi there! I'm 35, and in the last 5 days I've

    realised that I have Synesthesia. Since I was a child I have referred to many things tasting or smelling of purple (I can even smell purple in my head now). I also have an issue with some words, which when said make me feel like I want to be sick. There is something else that...
    LouiseLondon LouiseLondon 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 17

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    Hi there! Since discovering I have synesthesia

    I've noticed more symptoms which I think could be related. The most noticeable is water temperature. If I get in a bath that is too hot (and I mean turn your skin pink hot) I find it that it feels really nice. Most people would jump out, but it just feels really pleasurable...
    LouiseLondon LouiseLondon 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 26

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