Are you a Synesthete?

Written by JCPO | January 16th, 2015

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What is Synesthete?

Synesthesia is a unique neurological condition in which one sense, for example, hearing, is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses such as sight. An example of a synesthetic perception is when a person sees a certain color in response to a letter, a number or a name. For instance, one might see the word “dog” as green, or the number “9” as pink. Some people also report hearing sounds in response to smell.

If you are a synesthete, you would see the same color every time you hear a particular word or number. Or, if, in your case, synesthesia is associated with smell or emotion, you would sense the same smell or feel the same emotion in response to a certain word or number.

According to studies, you are more likely to have synesthesia if you are:

  • A women
  • Left-handed
  • Of average or above average intelligence
  • Genetically predisposed

There are a large number of people who might be synesthetes but are completely unaware of it. Neurological synesthesia is often diagnosed, or self-diagnosed, by very creative people as it is functions as a source of inspiration. Mary J. Blige and Pharrell Williams, for instance, claim to have synesthesia. Pharell’s album Seeing Sounds was based on his experience as a synesthete.

So, don’t underestimate those peepers of yours – they might hold some truly magical powers. In the meantime, just have fun finding ways to further beautify yourself by dressing them up.

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