Synæsthesia

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    Nov 25, 2011 9:01 PM GMT
    Any other synæsthestes here on RJ?

    I was diagnosed in 2006.

    EDIT: Diagnose is the wrong word. I don't consider synæsthesia a disease so I should have used "confirmed" instead.
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    Nov 25, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    Naw, man, but I feel your blue.
  • commoncoll

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    Nov 26, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    How are you one?
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    Nov 26, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    This thread tastes like cat food.
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    Nov 27, 2011 11:17 PM GMT
    Yes, I am.

    I'm intrigued that you had a diagnosis of it. Did you go to a doctor because you thought something was wrong?

    -Doug

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    Nov 27, 2011 11:33 PM GMT
    Your words sound a little flat. (Oooh, which senses, which senses!?)
  • tautomer

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    Nov 27, 2011 11:47 PM GMT
    Nope. Although I experience synaeshesia when I smoke pot. I will physically feel sounds.
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    Nov 28, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    spaghettimonster saidThis thread tastes like cat food.
    No, this thread SOUNDS like cat food. It tastes like brown.
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    Nov 28, 2011 2:34 PM GMT


    The sky a tart and tangy blue,
    Your feelings, pressures on my skin,
    The blender's noise an orange hue,
    White clouds that have the smell of gin,
    Your words have colours!
    In this way,
    I'm seeing what you have to say.

    -Doug




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    Nov 28, 2011 2:40 PM GMT
    No, but we talked in one of our anthropology lecture about it and I was really impressed how some people could make their "disease" into a gift.
    Hows your synaesthesia manifesting?
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    Purple is cookies.
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    Nov 28, 2011 4:01 PM GMT

    Well, I guess Haaretz isn't coming back...
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    Nov 28, 2011 4:25 PM GMT
    Justtrying saidNo, but we talked in one of our anthropology lecture about it and I was really impressed how some people could make their "disease" into a gift.
    Hows your synaesthesia manifesting?


    To me, certain words have certain tastes.

    Makes for an interesting time.

    I work as a translator/linguist and when a sentence "tastes" good I know the translation is good. When the sentence "tastes" bad, I know the translation needs to be worked on.
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    Nov 28, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    I'm sorry I can't read this without getting aroused.
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    Nov 28, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    Numbers have shapes. When I do arithmetic in my head it's about fitting shapes together.
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    Nov 28, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    Haaretz said
    Justtrying saidNo, but we talked in one of our anthropology lecture about it and I was really impressed how some people could make their "disease" into a gift.
    Hows your synaesthesia manifesting?


    To me, certain words have certain tastes.

    Makes for an interesting time.



    It does indeed. When I was very young I was one distracted little kid. It didn't take too long once I hit school to realize I was different in a not-so great way (other kids can be pretty mean, lol). So I squelched it, tried to ignore it and thought I might be loco in the coco.

    As it turns out, the combined sensory input became pretty useful, and continues to be to this day.

    -Doug

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    Nov 28, 2011 5:33 PM GMT
    Diagnosed? Oh no. It's not hard to tell when you have it, though. Especially when you bring it up with your mother and then get into a fight over what color the letter S is. Almost everyone in my mom's family has it, so it comes as no surprise that I have it as well. I have a friend who did a project on synesthesia in college and she used me as a test subject. I think we counted 17 different "normal" types of sensory combinations, and that's not including the things I do that haven't been classified, such as types of alcohol to color/position, or how my numbers have personalities and directions (right/left). Also, numbers for math, numbers for age, and numbers for years are all completely different with their colors/positions.

    Could you imagine if you didn't know what synesthesia was and you read some of the responses in this thread? icon_lol.gif Good lord.

    james47Numbers have shapes. When I do arithmetic in my head it's about fitting shapes together.

    I have one aunt who does something similar... she combines colors instead of shapes, though. Aside from having a freakishly good memory, I always wished I could make better use of it. I don't think that seeing the year 30,000,000 BC as a desert oasis in the bottom right back corner of my mental time line gives me any sort of advantage in any regard.
  • postyork

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    Nov 28, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    I have it, but with time periods and colours, as well as physical locality. Days of the week have a spatial array and colours, as do numbers, years, etc....
  • jim_sf

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    Nov 28, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    I hear textures.
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:45 PM GMT
    Up until 2006 I was not completely aware that other people like myself who had a natural tendency towards synæsthesia existed.

    I attributed my experiences to a head injury I had received as a child.

    My understanding of synæsthesia is that it is not something that can be caused by a head injury but rather is caused by intermingling of neural pathways from the different sensory centers in the brain.
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    Haaretz saidUp until 2006 I was not completely aware that other people like myself who had a natural tendency towards synæsthesia existed.

    I attributed my experiences to a head injury I had received as a child.

    My understanding of synæsthesia is that it is not something that can be caused by a head injury but rather is caused by intermingling of neural pathways from the different sensory centers in the brain.

    It's primarily genetic.

    I just assumed everybody did it until I was 18 and heard a friend describing it.
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    Nov 29, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
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    Haaretz saidUp until 2006 I was not completely aware that other people like myself who had a natural tendency towards synæsthesia existed.

    I attributed my experiences to a head injury I had received as a child.

    My understanding of synæsthesia is that it is not something that can be caused by a head injury but rather is caused by intermingling of neural pathways from the different sensory centers in the brain.

    It's primarily genetic.

    I just assumed everybody did it until I was 18 and heard a friend describing it.

    Oh, were you lucky. Try six years old in grade one and the other kids catch you smelling 7.

    -Doug
  • okologische

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    Nov 29, 2011 5:45 AM GMT
    lol i always thought this was fascinating and always wondered and though it would be cool to experience or have it!
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    Nov 29, 2011 6:06 AM GMT
    notwendig72 saidlol i always thought this was fascinating and always wondered and though it would be cool to experience or have it!


    If you've never experienced it, I'll bet it would be. For me growing up with it, it's about as fascinating as knowing I can feel my foot, or move my hand.

    What's fascinating for me is hearing from others.

    -Doug
  • okologische

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    Nov 29, 2011 6:08 AM GMT
    mhh cool! your definitely right on that one. I just remember reading about it and watching something on it a few years ago and was fascinated! i think its more of a gift than a disease, but considering i do not have it i cant really talk haha