I Have Synesthesia

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    I found out I had color graphme synesthesia

    when I was 11. I read "A Mango Shaped Space" and thought it was weird everyone thought it was so weird the numbers and letters had color for Mia. I can't actually see the colors but I know what color they are in my head. Like the letter K is like a fluffy orange, and M is a...
    whitedolphin1016 whitedolphin1016
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Dec 12, 2015

    When I was really little I was playing with my

    dad when I asked him, "Daddy, why is 4 yellow?" And he just looked at me like I was crazy. He asked me to write down all of the other colors on a piece of paper and I did, and he still has it to this day. I also have special sequence and mild mirror-touch synesthesia. I have...
    MiaMai113 MiaMai113
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Oct 17, 2015

    I discovered I had Synesthesia

    when was browsing Buzzfeeds youtube channel and clicked on a video call "Can You Hear Colors?" I had no idea that the video would lead me on and endless search on my synesthesia, but when I found out that I had Synesthesia I found several people that also have Synesthesia.
    KellyAqua KellyAqua
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Jan 13

    Are there any college students with synesthesia?

    Particularly men? I've never met a male with color grapheme (like me) before.
    Maddieliz Maddieliz
    18-21, F
    Dec 10, 2015

    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
    16 Responses Jul 26, 2010

    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

    changing contact photos

    and adding emojis to peoples names so their colors pop up when they call hehe :3
    kinkystapler kinkystapler
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 7, 2015

    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
    8 Responses Jul 13, 2010

    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
    1 Response Jan 18, 2015

    So the thing is... I have always thought

    synesthesia is cool. Just yesterday I was reading all about it in the internet, and suddenly I realized I just might be a synesthete. See, it just happens with certain words, that I associate them with color. When I hear the name Andrew for example, I subconsciously think...
    Revelree Revelree
    16-17, F
    4 Responses Nov 21, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Aug 1, 2013

    I've kind of always wished I could have visual

    synesthesia, like seeing a colour with sound. When I was in school I had an art professor who was completely colourblind, but he could feel the vibrations of colour by touch. He could pick up a marker or tube of paint and tell you what it was. We pulled a rather mean prank on...
    Fealda Fealda
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Dec 18, 2015

    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
    18-21, M
    15 Responses Oct 7, 2008

    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

    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

    I just can't imagine the world without

    synesthesia. I try to remember a song without the colors and shapes that come with it, but I can't. It's like all of my memories are organized like that. I literally cannot think of a sound without thinking of the color, texture, and shape of it first. How do people remember...
    pianokat pianokat
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 6, 2015

    I have grapheme to colour synaesthesiaWhen I

    see a number it shows up as colours inside my head0 - Black/Translucent1 - Blue2 - Pink/Green3 - Turquoise4 - Mint Green and Red5 - Dark Purple/Yellow6 - Brown/Orange7 - Light Gray/Light Purple8 - Dark Gray9 - Purple and BlueAnything above 10 is pretty much the colour of the...
    OliverGrainger OliverGrainger
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Jan 24

    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

    I want to add more songs to my playlist,

    I have my favorite colors/lights to listen too....so what's the best songs you like to see sparkles? Or fav. songs & why?
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Jan 16

    "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

    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
    2 Responses Jul 3, 2014

    Check out Bloom by Odesza,

    amazing colors!
    Anetix Anetix
    13-15, F
    Jan 10

    I do not have synesthesia .

    . BUT.. I Am writing a short story/short film on synesthesia and would LOVE to hear your stories/experiences that you have had :)
    courtneyally courtneyally
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 10, 2015

    I have synesthesia and I want to talk to other

    people with it, to compare and contrast. I recently found out that is what it is, and I want someone to compare with to make sure that I'm not crazy. PM me. :)
    Curlycue5810 Curlycue5810
    13-15, F
    5 Responses Dec 29, 2015

    I know someone whose personality AND VOICE are

    the same color as mine. This has never happened before. I don't know if it means anything, but I'm super cautious with him, because that scares me. He isn't so cautious though, and he's convinced that he's in love with me. I'm terrified to try to explain that we're the same...
    emptystxrs emptystxrs
    18-21, T
    1 Response Nov 25, 2015
    Anetix Anetix
    13-15, F
    Feb 5

    Does anyone else think of a certain place

    when they hear a certain song/ do a certain activity? I have grapheme colour & number-form, but not sure if this could be another type of synaesthesia...
    synnie01 synnie01
    13-15, F
    4 Responses Mar 4

    Yesterday I had to go to the dentist to get 3

    cavities drilled and it was horrible. But when they put me on the laughing gas to calm me down, the music I was listening to was so beautiful. The colors were more bright though there wasn't much shape to them. Just tons of colorful patches. When the dentist would drill or give...
    TamTenn TamTenn
    16-17, F
    Sep 22, 2015

    I have colors with numbers

    and letters. I also see colors when listening to music. Fun fact though: I am totally blind due to a progressive eye condition. I found research that says it may be my brain's way of making up for the vision I lost. Whatever the cause, I wouldn't trade it for the world because a...
    ForeverMe2727 ForeverMe2727
    18-21, F
    2 Responses May 17, 2015

    "tiger mountain peasant song" by fleet foxes is

    absolutely beautiful.....all pastels, blue and yellow and pink and a little bit of red. <3
    kinkystapler kinkystapler
    18-21, F
    4 Responses May 29, 2015

    Anyone else who has it?

    If so, how did you find out that not everyone views the world as you do?
    BlaackAndBluue BlaackAndBluue
    13-15, F
    4 Responses Oct 21, 2015

    Please check out my blog!

    https://worldofsynesthesia.wordpress.com/
    belhowwol belhowwol
    16-17, F
    Mar 6

    Hey guys! So I'm really confused.

    I've read a lot about synesthesia and it's fascinating, but recently I discovered that people have colors to me. I don't see them, per se, but different people have different colors and textures as I perceive them. So while my friend Lacey is pink and silver glitter, my friend...
    imaginecolors imaginecolors
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Sep 10, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Sep 3, 2011

    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

    Does anyone else have tactile-emotion

    synesthesia? I am having a hard time finding out more about this particular one. Different surfaces give me different emotions. Jeans make me feel disgusted and aloof or something, and fleece makes me happy.
    elbell1 elbell1
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Dec 4, 2015

    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
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Oct 18, 2013

    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

    My friends all think I'm crazy

    because I see numbers, days of the week, months, names, and certain letters and words as colors. I'm just looking for people who are like me.
    heyydutchy heyydutchy
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jun 26, 2015

    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

    I have alot of diff types of synesthesia -

    number/letter personality, i see people's personalities as smells,colors, and tastes, i think everything has a personality, and when i close my eyes i see numbers 1-12 in a clock position and i can remind myself to do things with that system. but i haven't always had or noticed...
    amber144 amber144
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Feb 12

    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

    I hate when people ask what sound/sight

    synesthesia is like, because it's hard to explain all the colors and how they move, usually I just sound crazy when I try to sound somewhat semi-serious.
    Anetix Anetix
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Jan 11

    Just published a few days ago an interview in

    my blog with two synesthetes from this forum, this exact channel! (thanks! again) Happy to share the link with you now! http://www.synesthesiaworld.com/experience-synesthesia-real-life-stories/
    sixyellow sixyellow
    26-30, M
    May 27, 2015

    I have many different types of synesthesia,

    and one of them is general noises to colors. I was in my Psych class and we were watching a lecture, when the room started having these green wavy lines going up and down on the walls, and everything was so vibrant listening to the man's voice. If you have synesthesia, you know...
    RayneRainer RayneRainer
    16-17, F
    1 Response Nov 1, 2015

    One of my friends asked me recently,

    "Wouldn't it get annoying, to constantly sense and see colors every time you listen to music?" It's hard to explain why that's not annoying -- it's hard to explain why I LOVE my synesthesia/chromesthesia. I think it's a gift. I think it is beautiful. Because of it, I have...
    Boulier Boulier
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Mar 4

    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

    I have had synesthesia

    as long as I can remember, but never really thought about it, and I can't remember talking to anyone about it when I was younger. The only time my gift came up was when I was trying to remember a word, for example a persons name, and I only could come up with another word...
    RiverMountain RiverMountain
    22-25, F
    1 Response Dec 15, 2015

    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

    I have always had a place

    and a color for days of the week. I physically cannot think of the days of the week without their specific spot and color. Like how do you envision them if you don't SEE them? How do you see Monday is you don't actually have an image? I am really distressed because I recently...
    pianokat pianokat
    18-21, F
    3 Responses May 17, 2015

    I just have a question to all of you synesthes.

    Can you tell me your colored numbers 1-9? I'm doing a science experiment and I'm doing a synesthesia experiment. If you want to know mine, they are: 1-clear 2-red 3-yellow 4-green 5- orange 6-purple 7-hot pink 8-light blue and 9-dark purple.
    whitedolphin1016 whitedolphin1016
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Dec 20, 2015

    The best part about it is

    that me and my sister both have the same type (letters and numbers have colors) except hers are obviously not the same as mine, so when we're bored we'll just say things like "what color is 3?" It's a greenish blueish color for both of us only hers is more green and mine is more...
    EmilyS256 EmilyS256
    13-15, F
    1 Response Oct 22, 2015

    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
    8 Responses Jul 1, 2010

    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

    I took AP Biology last year

    and had to write a ten page paper, citing all my sources on my neurological phenomenon; Synesthesia! Its super cool if anyone wants to read it. I have grapheme color synesthesia (Colors to words, letters, numbers etc) as well as ordinal linguistic personification (personalities...
    cporitzky cporitzky
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Nov 9, 2015

    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
    7 Responses Feb 6, 2009

    Migraines make my synesthesia more intense.

    Like I will start it hear the colors in sounds more vividly with more detail, and then I know I will have a really bad migraine in the next hour. Also, lights seem more bright and all of my senses in general are just overwhelming. Do any of you have migraines and synesthesia?
    pianokat pianokat
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Nov 3, 2015

    I found out that I viewed the world much

    differently than other people about a year ago. I want to tell my friends and parents that I have this, (maybe they'll understand me better, you know?) but I never got the guts or figured out how to tell them. So I guess I'll start here. :) Each of my letters and numbers have...
    TamTenn TamTenn
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jun 1, 2015
    Anetix Anetix
    13-15, F
    Jan 11

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    16-17, M
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