I mentioned before that I have synaesthesia. I’m more of a part time synaesthete?/synaesthetic? (*shrug*) than a full time one.
The One Show (Blue Peter for Slacker Adults) had a feature on it on Friday. Quite a good one. They outlined the condition as being something like sensory overload. Sometimes hearing gets processed as a taste or a sight has it’s own unique sound.
My synaesthesia doesn’t impact on my life. It’s not even really something I ever think about getting “fixed”. I like it. My bit of sensory overload/misconnection is that I see sounds. I’m not a full time seer of sounds, you can’t walk up to me and demand to know what colour and shape your voice has. (I’d get very bored of it very quickly) Some people I know have their own unique impact on how I see their sounds, most don’t. People I’ve known longer are more likely than strangers to have a quality to their voice.
The early morning or late evening (when I’m tired?) is when I’m most likely to see sounds. It’s usually unexpected noises that have the strongest manifestation. When my Mum shouts unexpectedly at me- that has it’s own shape and colour compared to when a door slams (dark purple and jagged edges like an explosion) or a car alarm goes off (bottle green waves of colour). I tend to not talk about specific people as I think they might take it personally or try to interpret the colour as some secret way of knowing what I think about them. I once made a mistake of telling someone who their voice had a silvery quality to it like mercury. They took it as a compliment and thought I was trying to make gooey eyes at them. For me the silver-ness was more cold and aloof. (See, I’m trying to do what I said I wouldn’t let you do)
I think my synaesthesia impacts my taste in music, I tend towards plinky plonky, fol-der-rol folk/singer song writers and not thrash metal and rock. I guess there’d be too many sharp edges and unexpected booms to navigate.
I don’t think my voice has a colour but then I’m never surprised by my voice.
It’s not a condition that affects the quality of my life and you shouldn’t worry about it, I’m not going to suddenly start vomiting rainbows all over the floor. I agree with Editorialgirl who thinks that everyone probably has it but tunes it out over time. Actually, Emma writes far more eloquently about synaesthesia than I do.