I was wondering if any of you guys have (or think you have) synesthesia.


what is synesthesia?

by jessie - 2007-12-19 06:12:06

i was wondering what this is?


by SMITTY - 2007-12-20 05:12:05


Thankyou. Now my only comment to what you have provided on this subject is, don't that be sumpin?

I do know it is impossible for me to have had it or ever think I had it becasue until today I had never heard of it.


O.K. Smitty.

by Stepford_Wife - 2007-12-20 10:12:34

I had never heard of it before either. It's an interesting condition.
As far as only being able to experience it if you are a synesthete? I can relate an experience I have with this condition, every time I clean my cat's litter box. Lol Lol.
I not only smell but also see colors associated with this task. He He He.
And, I don't have the condition. I guess it's a matter of imagination, on my part.

~ Dominique ~

What is synesthesia?

by Stepford_Wife - 2007-12-20 11:12:16

Hi Jessie.

As Cary_58 may have stated, synesthesia is not about hallucinations.
Elisa, I'm not challenging you in any way, I'm only relating what I was able to research on the subject.
Here is the definition of synesthesia.

You may have heard of synesthesia (or synaesthesia) in an English class while discussing poetic language. In literature, synesthesia is a description of one sense in terms of another. In the health field, though, the word has a different, yet highly similar, definition. Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which one sense is experienced through the perception of another sense.

Sure, you've often smelled something and tasted it at the same time, but have you ever smelled something and seen colors? Or heard a noise and tasted something? These are the kinds of connections that the mind of a synesthete creates. They may hear music and see colors or feel pain and smell something that is nowhere in the room.

The perceptions of a person with synesthesia aren't always a direct trading of two senses. Many also associate colors with letters and numbers, insisting that the number 7 is green or that the letter P is a yellowish orange. Entire words will have a unique color based on the colors of their component letters. This isn't a matter of simply associating a letter or number with a color; they will actually see the colors when presented with text or even when thinking of letters and numbers.

The possible link between synesthesia and creativity has been studied in the past. If the person experiencing synesthesia is able to channel their extra perceptions into a creative work, the results can share their vision with the world and create unique connections. Vladimir Nobokov, the author of Lolita, has been recognized as a synesthete, along with the painter David Hockney and the composer Olivier Messiaen. Countless others have perhaps simply not been recognized.

Despite being a "condition," synesthesia is not a handicap or disability. It is simply a different way of processing sensory information. A synesthete may feel a bit strange the first time she tries to describe the colors of her alphabet or the things she tastes when listening to music, but will typically embrace the richness of the overall experience.

I hope this clarifies what this " condition " is all about.

~ Dominique ~


by uvagershwin - 2007-12-21 04:12:53

This is Sydney and yea I belive I have this. For those of you wondering, no it is not a heart condition.

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