Since I’ve been insanely busy this week I totally forgot about writing a proper blog. Yoshi, a friend from India I met on Twitter, shared something interesting with me, and I thought I’d share it with you! I’d actually forgotten about this, a little.
Watch this video:
What’s really important is that you should know that when a synesthete sees a letter, they know perfectly well it is actually written in black ink, however, they associate a certain color with the letter. It’s not like the black is replaced with for instance yellow. It’s not like an illusion.
I’m a synesthete, too. I first found out a few years ago, when playing Sudoku was all the rage. I mainly have synesthesia with numbers, I haven’t noticed I have it with letters. I noticed because instead of looking at what numbers I’d already gotten in the game, I was looking for colors. The fours especially popped out because they were red, so they were very noticeable. Fives are yellow, eights purple, etc. I don’t play Sudoku so much anymore, and since then I haven’t really looked at numbers so much anymore so I forgot about it.
I think I have it with sounds too, when I’m listening to music without any other stimuli, bright flashes of color pass before my eyes, especially when it’s dark and my eyes are closed (I used to love to listen to music in bed, now I’m usually too tired for it). Also, I associate some words with colors, and purple has always been a very prevalent color for me, don’t ask me why because I don’t have a clue!
As the guy says in the video, the synesthetic experience waxes and wanes, I guess for me it gets more prevalent when I’m very focused. Lately, I’ve been doing so many things at once it’s no wonder I don’t see the colors anymore. I don’t play Sudoku with such intense focus anymore, but now I feel enticed to try to see if it’s still there, which I bet it is.
Have you ever experienced synesthesia? When did you first notice you had it? Do you have it mostly with numbers, like me, or with letters or words or with sounds?
Or do you not have synesthesia? Had you ever heard of it before this post?
Share your thoughts!
(P.S. another really interesting video Yoshi shared with me is on the Savant Syndrome – which is really very fascinating!)