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    I Am Writing A Book About My Synesthesia, How Does It Look? 2

    Chapter One My life will never be the same. It happened just today, during Library. I will never forget this day, September 21, 2011. The teacher read to us and then let us go and check out books. My new friend Maddie Brought me over to the 6th grade section. She pulled out a...
    kiri4444 kiri4444 18-21, F 8 Responses Dec 22, 2011

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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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    Synesthesia Survey! Please Take!

    In school we're doing an informational essay, and my topic is Synesthesia. Please take this survey to help me out! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C2NDYW7 Thank you! P.S. If you don't mind me using you as a specific example, please put your full name in the comment box at the...
    Randomization13 Randomization13 13-15, F 4 Responses Oct 30, 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 12 Responses Aug 14, 2011

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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 2 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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    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...
    Buckley4U Buckley4U 36-40, F 3 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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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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    I have a lot of types of synesthesia,

    which took awhile for me to learn. I find that te colors of months, days and dates affect how I feel. Same with peoples names. The green names with some brown tend to be in my romantic life the most, like names that start with S and T, but the color and feel upsets me and is...
    Burndownmycar Burndownmycar 22-25, F Jan 20

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 read an article on synesthesia today and while I was reading it it I was like wow I definitely have that to some extent. I never even knew it was a thing until today. For me, I only associate a few things with colors and emotions. Every number in the 10's, 100s, 1000s etc...
    Tomfisher51 Tomfisher51 22-25, M 4 Responses Nov 21, 2013

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    My Syn:)

    So...I had no idea that people didn't associate colors and personalities to letters and numbers until about a year ago when I read A Mango Shaped Space and asked my friend what color A was. She looked at me like I was crazy until I explained everything. Now it's cool:) But still...
    aloneincalifornia aloneincalifornia 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 7, 2011

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    For Those Whose Families Still Think Synesthesia Isn't Real . . .

    Here's an article on NPR: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/03/12/174132392/synesthetes-really-can-taste-the-rainbow
    dtravelbug dtravelbug 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 1, 2013

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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 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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    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 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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    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 Dec 3, 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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    I recently read a review of a book by a

    mathematician with an autism, who sees colors and whole images upon seeing/hearing numbers. I found it interesting because upon seeing the images, I was like - hey, this reminds me of how I see years/months/days/parts of the day. I went on reading about different sorts of...
    alzbetindvor alzbetindvor 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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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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    Not Really Harmless

    My brain is wired in a way that it associates numbers with colors. For example, whenever I think about any number I visualize a colored background to it. Numbers 1-26 have light, bright, vivid backgrounds. However, it gets darker starting from 27, fades to gray by 30, and to...
    Anabella89 Anabella89 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 1, 2013

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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 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 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I've had synesthesia

    for as long as I can remember, I never thought anything of it. I actually just found out about it this year. I have five type. Mirror-touch where if I look at or think about someone being touched I can feel it in the same spot. Spatial where I see MILLIONS of sequences in...
    Thisisme2345 Thisisme2345 26-30, F Jan 4

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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 13 Responses Oct 7, 2008

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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 26-30, M 3 Responses Feb 14

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    Only just recently have I discovered a name

    for it! Having looked at some stories mine is quite mild. Ever since I can remember I have pictured the says of the weeks and months of the year as certain colours in a particular pattern in my mind's eye, for eg Thursday is red! I see them in a long rectangle which is split...
    redthursday redthursday 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 25

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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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    "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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Mar 17

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    I came looking for other Synaesthetes

    (Synesthetes) and was surprised to find several ancient groups and *this* one. My synaesthesia is more cross-sensory than grapheme or ideaesthesic. I work in Virtual Reality, partly for this very reason... to *induce* these experiences. My synaesthesia *enhances* my VR...
    JacquesSade JacquesSade 46-50, M 3 Responses Jan 27

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    NomadT NomadT 51-55, M 1 Response Feb 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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    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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    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 1 Response a week ago

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    For about as long as I can remember,

    lying in bed at night waiting to fall asleep was always a very enjoyable experience because during that time I would find myself observing the most beautiful displays of colors and textures! I would sometimes listen to classical music while lying in bed at night but I saw these...
    NeverDark86 NeverDark86 26-30, F 6 Responses Dec 3, 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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    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 23 Responses Feb 2, 2013

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    So I never realized I had this

    until I turned 18, and I'm not going to lie it scared the hell out of me. I realized that every sound has colors, not words but different notes and chords have distinct colors that I can only assume I assigned to them. I remember telling my family and being told to stop lying...
    Rudi904 Rudi904 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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    Not many people have synesthesia

    but I happen to have it. Basically in a nut shell, synesthesia is where letters numbers and sometimes sound have color to them. When I read a's, b's, g's, l's, r's, s's, and z's are all the color red. I could go on listing but that may take forever :). When a car horn goes off a...
    oliviathesmall oliviathesmall 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 17

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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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    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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    doggylover101101101 doggylover101101101 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    Maybe the best book I've ever read dealing with

    Synesthesia was, "The Leaving Tree," as found on Smashwords. Although I have only one form of it myself, tone, the main character in the story has two, possibly three. It's a light-hearted read and very romantic too. I hated to see it end. :-(
    nataliekathleen nataliekathleen 46-50 1 Response Dec 6, 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 this condition called synesthesia

    where numbers, letters, names and weekdays all have colours for me. I'm gonna write down the colours for my number letters and days. If u have synesthesia too, can u please comment and tell me what your colours are??? I really want to know what other people see. A= light gray...
    Tay1454 Tay1454 18-21 2 Responses Jan 27

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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 1 Response Feb 9

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    Synesthesia Stories

    So, I'm writing a report on synesthesia for school, and I was wondering if anyone would want/let me use them as a specific example. I would love to share some real stories. If you are not comfortable with me using your name, that's okay too. Please comment!
    Randomization13 Randomization13 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    So, I was talking with my friends, and I realized they don't have the same "thing" as I do. See, certain words form certain shapes that look like the meaning of that word. For...
    Rockysunset Rockysunset 13-15, F Mar 31