What It’s Like to Have Synesthesia

I live my life in an array of colors, whether it’s my colorful pens that I use to organize my school supplies or my comforter, which has just about every color under the sun in it. However, I also experience color in other ways, such as when I hear music or when I read something. It turns out I’m not alone; this phenomenon is called synesthesia, and it explains why Tuesdays are orange and Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” is lilac. 


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            According to Psychology Today, “synesthesia is a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway (for example, hearing) leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway (such as vision).” Basically, when one sense picks up on something, it causes a reaction from another sense that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with it. The most common type is what’s called grapheme-color synesthesia, where individual numbers, letters, or units of some kind are associated with individual colors, patterns of colors, or a certain mix of colors. 


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            Studies also show that those with synesthesia (otherwise known as synesthetes) are better at distinguishing between shades of colors and similar sounds. Also, apparently only 3 to 5 percent of the world’s population has this ability, so if you do, consider yourself lucky!



All information courtesy of: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/synesthesia