ucim wrote:My only experience with synesthesia: In a prior year I had sung [some piece I can no longer recall the title of] in choir. It was one of many pieces, nothing special as goes the rest of the repetoire. The following year I was in a monestary in Italy where the cubicles each had a painting on the wall, many of which were very similar and not very inspring (Jesus on the cross, gushing blood from the abdomen in a stylistic manner). There were so many of them that it seems they were the output of a beginning painting class or something. But a few of them were different, of them a few were quite good.
In any case, one of them42 was identical to that song I had sung. Not "evocative", in the sense that the Pastoral Symphony (of Beethoven) is evocative of a spring day, not "descriptive" in the sense that the words and music described the scene. Not "linked" in the sense that I may have seen the picture while listening to that piece some time ago. No, identical, despite their being different media, different subjects, and different contexts. They were the same thing. It was the weirdest feeling - and it was not a fleeting moment either. I had never felt that kind of thing before, and never have since.
Awesome experience! Must have felt weird indeed, and "wow" at the same time. I've never heard about such an intense mix of senses.
ucim wrote:At the time, I did not know there was a word for it. I've since learned that it's not unheard of, though it is not all that common. It cannot be described; you just have to experience it to understand it.
As a kid, I just assumed everyone was like me (I guess many kids do that), i.e. saw colored numbers and colored vowels. I didn't ask myself about it until much later. The oldest memory I have of discussing number and letter colors is from high school (not that
old, 8-10 years ago), with a friend that happened to have grapheme->color synesthesia just like me. We debated about the colors of vowels for days
Then we went and asked other people about it, and found out most of our friends and families didn't see those colors. That's when we learned about synesthesia.
I was surprised to learn that seeing the sequence of numbers in a particular shape was also considered synesthesia, as well associating a personality to letters or numbers (I personally only feel some letters are feminine and others are masculine, not a whole personality).
Since then, a part of my getting to know someone will at some point include questions like "how do you see numbers when you count?" or "are your months arranged in any pattern?", and "what about the days of the week?". Most of the times I'll get a puzzled look; but when I come across someone who starts talking and talking...
well I just love that, since indeed it is a feeling that cannot really be described, or quite vaguely at best. So running into someone experiencing it as well gives an instantaneous connexion
(Well, anything in common with someone else does I guess.)
Davidy wrote:I'd give anything to have synesthia. It must provide a whole new way of looking at the world that the majority of us don't experience.
Yeah. I've always been a little jealous of people who would experience other forms of synesthesia that I can't feel, so I get what you're saying