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    There is this one sound of scratching cloth

    that physically feels like biting into a salty ice cube with your front teeth. It is the weirdest and most accurate way to describe the sound. My friend knows that is bugs me, so I have the urge to bite down on something (which is generally my hand) when I hear it. Synesthesia...
    pianokat pianokat 18-21, F 3 Responses May 17

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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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    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

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    talk to me!!! sound to

    color/shape/movement/temperature/texture/pain :)
    kinkystapler kinkystapler 18-21, F 1 Response May 4

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    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 1 Response Jun 26

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    Found a website that helps with my

    auditory-visual synesthesia. It has varying frequencies that cancel out other noise and both look and sound very pleasing. I use it to sleep and concentrate. It's called mynoise[dot]net. It helps me a lot with my syn, so hopefully it'll help a few of you guys out, too.
    dontyouunderstand dontyouunderstand 18-21 May 16

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    "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 3 Responses May 29

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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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    kinkystapler kinkystapler 18-21, F 1 Response May 14

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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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    I also have "sexual synesthesia"

    which basically means my synesthesia goes haywire when I'm turned on enough. I've discovered this is called a "sexual arousal trance" and while anyone can get into this state it is WAY easier for sexual synesthetes. Apparently it feels like being on a psychedelic drug. This...
    thatlittlecouple thatlittlecouple 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 13

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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 2 Responses Jul 3, 2014

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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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    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 15 Responses Aug 14, 2011

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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 18-21, M 15 Responses Oct 7, 2008

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    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

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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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    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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    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 8 Responses Nov 19, 2010

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    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 1 Response May 17

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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 16 Responses Jul 26, 2010

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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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    would anyone like to know the color

    and shape of their name?
    babybluewithlilacswirls babybluewithlilacswirls 13-15 7 Responses May 26

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    Guys im sorry i registered

    but for one reason or another i don't share having synesthesia. nevertheless im very interested in the topic, condition, superpower, im not sure yet! i have begun a blog about it and i would love to have 4 to 5 people willing to answer 5 questions about having synesthesia so...
    sixyellow sixyellow 26-30, M 2 Responses May 10

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    changing contact photos

    and adding emojis to peoples names so their colors pop up when they call hehe :3
    kinkystapler kinkystapler 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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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 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

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    I'm a tactile-emotional synesthete.

    Textures make emotions. The emotions I feel are not simple. And the longer I touch something, the more it evolves. I'll try to describe it as best as I can. Immediately, jean makes me feel this mixture of hate and revulsion. If I force myself to continue touching it, I start to...
    ungreyme ungreyme 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 17

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    Has anyone ever had a letter change color?

    A has ALWAYS been very red to me, but lately when I think about it, it appears to have a more red-purple tint to it. Very strange.
    belhowwol belhowwol 16-17, F 3 Responses May 30

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    New synesthesia blog is up.

    Please check it out and help me figure out how to make it better? Not loving the theme haha worldofsynesthesia.wordpress.com
    belhowwol belhowwol 16-17, F 1 Response May 23

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    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 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 1

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    and does anyone else visualize the months

    and weeks and even hours as wheels or other images and it just automatically goes to that, like its own cycle?
    willawd willawd 13-15, F 1 Response May 8

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    belhowwol belhowwol 16-17, F 3 Responses May 28

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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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    Letters, numbers, and words all have colors

    and textures. I don't exactly see them, they're just there. It's really confusing sometimes, like my name, Miriam, is a sunset orange with a hint of seafoam and it's shiny with a bit of a wavy texture, while my nickname, Momo, is a lavender-pink, with a iridescent shimmer of...
    TheOneAndOnlyMo TheOneAndOnlyMo 13-15, F 4 Responses May 10

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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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    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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    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

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    crayolagirl crayolagirl 18-21, F 3 Responses May 25

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    I didn't think so before.

    But then I realized a trend with it. When I was younger, I would describe something as tasting green or tasting purple. Green was like mashed potatoes with no flavoring; not even any salt. And purple was like the smell of dog poo. Foul. I was talking about it before, and nobody...
    TheBadgeringWitness TheBadgeringWitness 31-35 1 Response Jul 10

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    Hi everyone, I am an A Level anthropology

    student, and over the summer I have to conduct an investigation for part of the course. My chosen topic is synesthesia, because I have it myself and I am interested to see how other synesthestes think, as I know that it varies from person to person. Quite soon I will be...
    emiliadsc emiliadsc 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 29

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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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    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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    So I got high for the first time in my life,

    and my synesthesia was the most overwhelming thing ever. I was eating a slice of pizza, but I felt the flavor of 'tangy ness' on my hands. It's was the most bizarre experience, and my usual sound to color synesthesia was insanely intense. Has anyone else experienced a new type...
    pianokat pianokat 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 21

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    I registered but for one reason

    or another i don't share having synesthesia. nevertheless im very interested in the topic, condition, superpower, im not sure yet! i have begun a blog about it and i would love to have 4 to 5 people willing to answer 5 questions about having synesthesia so that i could share...
    sixyellow sixyellow 26-30, M 1 Response May 18

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    I associate numbers with genders

    and they have their own "personalities" 1, 3, and 6 are the only females (up to 10). 1 is white, 2 is yellow, 3 is pink, 4 is blue, 5 is orange, 6 is purple, 7 is another shade of blue and has a texture, 8 is red, 9 is blueish black, and 10 is grey. 9 wants 6, but 7 and 8...
    dontyouunderstand dontyouunderstand 18-21 4 Responses May 14

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