Test yourself for synaesthesia

Synesthete.org is a website that has a series of online tests where you can test yourself for synaesthesia – the condition where senses are crossed so, for example, you might be able to taste shapes or see colours associated with specific numbers.

The site is run by the Eagleman Lab at the Baylor College of Medicine who study links between perception and action, as well as the curious world of synaesthesia.

If you’re a researcher, you can also use the site to test and collect results on your own participants, and the same tests are also available as downloadable software for the Matlab package.

It’s now known that synaesthesia is partly inherited, so if you find that you or one of your family members seems to have the condition, others in the family may also have similar abilities.

Link to synesthete.org.

170 Comments

  1. Posted November 22, 2006 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    I’d so like to know how it feels to be synaesthetic!
    Unfortunately I never will.

    • xXxMetamorphosisxXx
      Posted January 7, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

      Haha It Actually Is Just A Colorful World For Everyone Who Has Synesthesia! Like Me, And I Don’t Know Anyone Else That Does. I Have The Color Type Synesthesia, Where You See, Hear, Taste, And Smell In Colors! I Don’t Know How It Feels To Be An Un-Synesthetic! :D

      • Jess
        Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

        it must be awesome to have synesthesia!

      • Many Scars
        Posted April 4, 2012 at 12:21 am | Permalink

        I used to have synesthesia with letters, numbers, music and colors BUT now I have multiple sclerosis and I no longer have synesthesia. It’s cool. I don’t care. I’d rather have MS than synesthesia. Colors are like so totally lame!

      • Icicle
        Posted May 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

        How does it feel to have it? o.o what colors do you see, for example, on a TV or a rose? (Normally they’re a deep red)

      • havingfunbeingmyself
        Posted April 15, 2013 at 12:20 am | Permalink

        Is it fun? I have synthesthesia, but I taste voices and feel noises… its pretty cool but I wish my world was more colourful

      • Tara
        Posted January 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

        Haha same!!! I have grapheme synethesia so i see colors when i see letters and numbers. And I have sound taste synethesia which means that when I hear a word I will immediately think of a certain taste. For example, whenever i hear Cassandra, I taste buttermilk :)

    • Sunny
      Posted March 23, 2011 at 3:35 am | Permalink

      it’s the most amazing thing! it can be annoying at times,(like in math), but i couldn’t live without it. i wish everyone could experience it!!

      • Posted December 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

        Yup! I hav it but for some reason it doesnt affect math or reading. I guess mine is very mild

      • Julles
        Posted December 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

        Same here. I love reading, and I’m one of the best in my class at math. Apparently synesthesia can occur in your minds eye and that’s where mine is

      • havingfunbeingmyself
        Posted April 15, 2013 at 12:22 am | Permalink

        What’s your type?

      • Gianluca
        Posted April 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

        people do experience it. its called dropping acid

      • Colors
        Posted December 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

        See for me synesthesia comes in shapes and colors. I’m not good at math but I love to read because of the colors.Synesthesia is a gift in my opinion.

      • Susan
        Posted March 25, 2014 at 8:30 am | Permalink

        Algebra was a nightmare. I knew the answer but, couldn’t explain how to do the written explanation. Tutored 2x a week. Failed every Friday test. Passed on a mercy D-. How do you write numbers down to explain instantanious color answer?

    • Posted December 6, 2012 at 6:22 am | Permalink

      In fact I’m synesthetic my self it feels perfectly normal to. I think your comment of a yellow and the number 7 very eegering emotions intertwined.

    • Morgan
      Posted December 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      My son (who at 14 can play most musical instruments) has just admitted that he sees the notes as different colours – i’m sure this has helped his amazing talent!

    • Vlad
      Posted February 15, 2013 at 3:28 am | Permalink

      You perceive it as normal. I’m 26 and I just found out about synaesthesia yesterday. I am synaesthetic and right now, I can’t thinking about the number 5, which causes me to see all yellow in my mind’s eye and I can’t get rid of the taste of battery in my mouth.

    • tiff
      Posted November 21, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      I feel like my synaesthia is a giant jumble. 3,5,8 and H are all orange. Happiness is a sky blue. Listening to someone play the flute tickles. Orgasms are yellow, the number nine and the violin feel green. Certain chords tickle different body parts, but it will always be the same part for that chord. So when I go to a concert its like my entire body is vibrating because I feel the music.

    • Patti
      Posted March 8, 2014 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      When I was a little girl, I used to feel ticklish all over when anyone would just touch one of my personal belongings. I outgrew that. Now, as an adult, loud noises cause a split second Celtic pattern behind my closed lids. Always a perfect pattern. But just the other night, a loud noise woke me up with a flash of a bright white arrow pointing in the direction of the noise’s origin. The patterns are always bright white on a black background. Does this sound like synesthesia?

  2. Posted November 22, 2006 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    If you experience synaesthesia, based in the uk and want to participate in some research to understand more about the condition, the UCL lab is a great place. You can contact them here

    http://www.psychol.ucl.ac.uk/jamie.ward/synaesthesia.htm

  3. praisembeka
    Posted November 25, 2006 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Yes, a delicious article. Also worth getting a taste of:
    “Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens: How Synesthetes Color Their Worlds”
    by Patricia Lynne Duffy (Henry Holt & Co 2001)

    http://www.bluecats.info

  4. Synnie83
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    The synesthesia battery is a quite usefull tool. But I’d like to announce that there is a new kind of synaesthesia-tests. This tests are much more shorter and you can test your different synaesthesia seperately. Researchers can also create their own testing tools.
    Have a look on it, on http://www.synaesthesia.com
    Greetings Synnie83
    (P.S: Se encuentra tambien los tests de sinestesia en castellano.)

    • julia
      Posted January 16, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

      i went to that website and it said that i had django settings debug=true and it said it needs to be false. i dont know how to do that. do you have any solutions?

  5. Kat
    Posted January 28, 2011 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    i only taste in color….i don’t smell or hear it …..is that odd?

    • Courtney
      Posted May 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

      No, the extent of your sensory perception varies. Some sounds remind me of colors and some smells remind me of things that I have touched, but it doesn’t happen all the time.

  6. Jemma
    Posted March 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Yeah i have synesthesia and it seems very strange i am only 12 but i am quite inteligent, i am in the top groups for all subjects.The way i found out i had synesthesia is one day in primary school i was in discussion club and i put my hand up to ask the teacher that somtimes i see numbers certain colours and he said that it was synethisia sooo…i hav synesthisia!!! i will tell you all what colours i see the numbers…

    0-Black
    1-White
    2-Blue
    3-Green
    4-Red
    5-Yellow
    6-Orange
    7-Brown/Purple
    8-Brown/Purple
    9-Pink

    and then it goes back to that sequence!!!
    Jemma x

    • Jess
      Posted May 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

      cool! I’m 12 too! what state are you in?

  7. Andrea
    Posted March 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    i think i have a very mild form of synaesthesia. i see colors when i listen to music if my eyes are closed. facing toward light, i usually see orange and yellow and red and pink. when it’s dark or my eyes are covered, i see greens blues whites and purples. i usually see emerging circles of those colors too. normally those colors emerge or appear out of blackness.
    when i look at a light colored solid wall, i can see what looks like “staticky raindrops”. the wall also seems to wave like the ocean.
    i don’t see letters and numbers as colors. my friend does though. today in math i wrote the number 20 on the board in black marker and she said it was yellow.
    it’s all sort of confusing. can someone explain what’s happening to me here?

    • Cathy
      Posted February 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      That’s exactly the same with me! I thought it was normal..is it not?

      • Dawson
        Posted June 12, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

        I thought that was normal. When I close my eyes, it emerges in patterns like black and white in squares, or red and yellow in intricate designs. I don’t know what that is. Do you ever have visions of forming, dissolving, and reforming clouds? Maybe I’m just nuts.

    • Gicelle
      Posted November 25, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      No worries! It all has to do with the way your brain is wired. Like, the connections in your brain. For example, we feel good when we touch dirt because our brain makes the connection that growing crops feeds us, and our body wants to be fed, so touching soil gives us a positive feeling. For whatever reason, your brain associates a color with a letter. It could go back to an early childhood memory that you’re unaware of.
      I think it’s a positive thing:) Everyone is a little different, and it doesn’t effect you negatively at all; I have it. And I know TONS of other people who are synesthetes. Up until now…I don’t know there were people who couldn’t do that…

  8. Emily
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    I just figured out about synesthesia this week! I was talking to my brother and somehow we got on the topic of music, so I started talking about how when I hear music, I see colors. He thinks I’m making it up, but I’m not. The colors just happen, and for as long as I can remember (I’m 15) I thought this was completely normal, and that everyone knew what colors certain songs were. I thought I was going crazy, but then I told my cousin about this and she told me I probably had synesthesia…so here I am! My favorite is Hey, Soul Sister by Train…it’s the most fantastic spring green and makes me so happy. And when the bell rings at school, it’s steely grey.

    Also, I’ve always known that directions have personalities…left and down are sweet and feminine and nice, but right and up are big, burly and mean. I know there’s synesthesia where letters have personalities (for me, only some do…A, K, M and a few others) but has anyone ever heard of directions?

    This is so weird, but I’m so glad I’m not really going crazy!!

    • Grace
      Posted February 8, 2012 at 12:33 am | Permalink

      Oh my god, yes! Xylophones are a silvery-grey to me! And it’s weird, but Bono’s (lead singer of U2) voice usually appears in different shades of blue…like “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” is a magnificent bold teal.

  9. Kelly
    Posted June 2, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    One of the funniest experiences i had was what my mother started playing some old Stevie Wonder disc and I walked out of my room, because the song made me smell chocolate chip cookies! My mom couldn’t stop laughing!

  10. Laney
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have Synesthesia, but I think it waould be cool to see what it’s like to have a word of color. The way I found out about Synesthesia is from this book A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass. I’m about half way done with it and I think it’s an amazing book. I highly recomend it.

    • Elle
      Posted November 5, 2012 at 3:12 am | Permalink

      I have synesthesia, and its epic! I can’t imagine a world with out it! Color is such a part of my life!
      For me…
      0 = greyish red … if thats a color! :)
      1 = yellow
      2 = green
      3 = pink
      4 = orange
      5 = light blue
      6 = dark green
      7 = yellow
      8 = royal blue
      9 = red

      My name is red w/yellow swirled in.

      and I looove that book by Wendy Mass!

      • liliana
        Posted May 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

        i agree, best book EVER… it’s a mango shaped space, i learned about synesthesia from it!

  11. Kreyah
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    do i have synesthesia if i feel colours? like sometimes white is fear, green is calm and happy, orange is energetic and blue is reserved and thoughtful. is that a type of synesthesia?

    • Lexie
      Posted March 20, 2012 at 5:09 am | Permalink

      Yes, that is a form of synesthesia.

    • Dawson
      Posted June 12, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

      I have that too, but I don’t know if it’s synesthesia. However, I find dark dark blue as fear.

  12. Grace
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    I have some weird types of synaesthesia. I don’t see the words as different specific colours, but I do see colourful tracings around the words. And it’s not one colour, it’s like a spectrum. I’ve had it as long as I can remember, but I found out this isn’t normal just recently! I have no idea what it’s classified as, though.

    I also see colours in my mind when I hear different musical instruments (chromaphonia). Like a tuba shows brown, cello purple, vioin light indigo, trumpet yellow-green. And I sort of have colours for every month, like I just KNOW September is ultramarine! It’s called chromachronia, I think. Here, I’ll list them out:
    Jan- burgundy
    Feb- reddish-purple
    March- bright blue
    April- light green
    May- dark green
    June- pale yellow
    July- red
    Aug- light bluish mint green
    Sept- ultramarine
    Oct- powder pink
    Nov- gold
    Dec- dark turquoise
    Just thinking of the concept of a month makes the colour pop up in my head!

    I’ve always had it…I just didn’t know it was considered uncommon. :/

    Oh and @Kreyah: Yeah! It’s called chromesthesia, when you feel emotions as you see colours. If you’re not sure, you can always go on this site: http://www.mixsig.net/about/list.php

  13. Rhiannon
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I just found out what the name for all of this was some time last year. For as long as I can remember, everything has had a color. Numbers, letters, months, people, days of the week, feelings…everything. Of course I thought it was normal while I was a kid but, as I got older, I realized that no one else I knew had these associations. So I finally decided to google it and found out that there’s actually a name for it! I’m not sure if anyone else feels overprotective of their colors though. For example, I see 3 as pink and 5 as blue but when other people name their color associations, I label them as “wrong” in my head even though I know they’re not. Does anyone else do this?

    • Lexie
      Posted March 20, 2012 at 5:11 am | Permalink

      You’re way off! 3 is golden yellow, 5 is very pale silver! The blue numbers are 2 & 9.

      • Rhiannon
        Posted March 23, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

        Everyone has different colors though. For me, 2 is black and 9 is forest green. 6 is also green but it’s much lighter, like a grass green.

    • Deanne
      Posted September 12, 2013 at 1:55 am | Permalink

      I had exactly the same, colours with days of the week, colours/numbers, colours/sound, the way I do mathematics in my head (which I visualise in my head as a wave), and much more! I would involuntarily experience pain when I watched someone hurt themselves (which after ALOT of research, I realised was all part of this!) I always was seen of as weird, and after a while would make sure no one noticed it, because I realised no one I knew was the same.
      As for colours being “right” or “wrong, I don’t think it’s possible to be wrong, and I’ve learned that even though someone else’s experience differs from mine, that doesn’t mean mine are wrong, nor does it mean that theirs is too!
      Just for the satiation of my curiosity, what are your “days of the week/colours”?
      Mine are as follows
      Monday; Red
      Tuesday; Blue
      Wednesday; Orange
      Thursday; Purple
      Friday; Yellow
      Saturday; Brown
      Sunday; Grey

      Also numbers/colours, if relevant to you? Examples of mine are

      5; Orange
      3; Green
      7; Purple
      2; Red
      6; Pink

      The most important thing I’ve learned through life in regards to it, is; NEVER be ashamed of it, in fact it is often seen as a gift, or something people envy!
      And, try and use it; do something creative with the connections you make in life, it makes for a much more intriguing life!
      Please don’t hesitate to respond if you want to talk about all this :)
      Take Care,
      Deanne.
      X

      • Is
        Posted April 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

        I have very mild synesthesia since even though I see colors and sometimes shapes in words, numbers and letters, it always is only in my head, not affecting for example reading book or doing math. It is a shame, I wish I could see colors of music and taste the words.

        Though, my colors I see are (connected to czech words, other languages have different colors)
        1 – white
        2 – blue
        3 – red
        4 – green
        5 – yellow
        6 – orange
        7 – orange-brown
        8 – purple
        9 – yellow-ish beige
        10 – black

        Sunday – dark yellow
        Monday – beige
        Tuesday – blue
        Wednesday – red
        Thursday – green
        Friday – yellow

  14. Shey
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    It’s aight.it doesntsuck it doesn’t rock. I guessitsnormal for me? Like I can’t imagine numbers and words without colors. 6 is hot pink and 8 is a watery purple, 7 is burnt orange, 4 is brick red, 9 is like egg yolk etc. And I have this weird thing with the calendar and days of the week where they are this huge picture..hard to explain. Ya mango shaped space is the best kids book ever..

  15. Benjamin Pacuk
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    living my whole life with synaesthesia, I thought it was just normal to see colors when you hear a sound. I get some funny looks when i tell someone what color their voice is, but it is ,overall, uninhibiting, except in math and english

    • Lily
      Posted March 2, 2014 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

      That is what I have too. I hear a sound and then see a color. Another thing it might not be synesthesia but is I have a feeling like worry I see color like worry is yellow.

  16. Benjamin Pacuk
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    why does it seem that everyone who has synaesthesia is 12, even though I am as well and at the top of my class.

  17. Mneera
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    I see months in colors like:
    Jan:orange
    Feb:navy
    March:yellow
    April:brown
    May: pink
    June:blue
    July:red
    August:black
    September:deep red
    October:purple
    November:green
    December:dark green
    And numbers too. It’s annoying sometimes like in math.
    And i feel colors sometimes.
    I thought it was normal…

    • Dominique
      Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:23 am | Permalink

      I don’t have synesthesia but for some months i associate a color, April is light pink and December is light blue.

    • Zeeva
      Posted November 29, 2012 at 4:30 am | Permalink

      Agh! June is blue for me too! AND DECEMBER. DECEMBER IS LIKE ALMOST DARKER THAN FOREST BLACKGTYIJHKJ

      I thought it was normal too. xfghjkl; cx

  18. Soph
    Posted April 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Is this a type of Synaethsia? I sometimes can feel the colors around me. Orange is energenic, blue is calm and peacful, Red and fiesty, green is joyful, and purple is smooth. I dont actually see numbers and colors and months and days in a color. But when I see it, a color pops in my head like. November is brown, Feburary is orange. The number 2 is red. Letter E is brown. Is the synesthia?

    • Sophia
      Posted March 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      I’m pretty sure that is a type. That kind sounds cool. I see color with sounds. So that’s almost everywhere.

  19. Christine
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    I have “Number Form Synesthesia”. The days of the week, the months of the year, the years within a century, etc… are all laid out in my mind in the form of individual maps. They are all like road maps. If I’m counting numbers, I can see the numbers and where they are located within the straight lines, turns, and zig zags that make up my number map. BUT, if I’m thinking about someone’s age? AGES have their own map. Although ages ARE numbers, I don’t see ages on my regular number map.

    The months of the year are all laid out in a sort of oval/circle pattern, and I can view them as if I’m standing in the middle of this circle, turning as needed to look at a particular month. But I can also view the months from outside the circle. I guess I see these maps in 3D, and I can place myself in any position within any area of my map.

    I have experienced this my whole life, and just assumed everyone else did too. Just recently, my daughter was having problems studying for a history test. She couldn’t remember the dates. I attempted to explain how my “pattern” of dates look…and proceded to ask her how her patterne is laid out. She looked at me like I was nuts, and now totally believes I’m weird and crazy! I’m in my 40′s and have just found out that I am different. So upon researching this, I see color is a huge part of Synesthesia. For me, I don’t see a color for each letter or number. But I do see the 1950′s as RED, the 1960′s as BLUE, and the 1970′s as YELLOW.

    • Dylan
      Posted July 8, 2012 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      Hi Christine,

      I have the exact same thing with months! I usually start out facing June and July and have to turn around in order to see the later months of the year. My birthday, September 7, is always to my right, so you could say the oval (it’s usually an oval for me) goes clockwise.

      What do weeks look like to you?

    • Christine C.
      Posted May 17, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

      i totally see numbers as a “map” as well. mine is made up of straight lines. that don’t intersect. dates are the same as numbers for me. for the month i think of a square and depending what time of year it is, is where i am in the square, looking at the other months. i can move around it too, if i want to.

      i don’t think of things in color, but i do assign genders to everything.. numbers, letters, utensils, etc. always have.

    • catinya
      Posted September 8, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

      Christine,
      I have the same exact experience as you with the maps thing! days of the week, years, months, ages, numbers, the alphabet, calendars, they all have their own map! months map is a circle like yours, but i can stand in it. i can only stand ouside of it. i have never met anyone the same way as me! :^)

      • Lisa
        Posted December 21, 2013 at 6:04 am | Permalink

        This is so weird! I’ve been this way my whole life and figured everyone had their own way of visualizing, so I thought it was normal! I too have a thing with months and days of the week. The months are in a circle form, summer months being on top and winter on bottom. I follow the months like a pawn on a board game. So in November I’m on the bottom right of the circle. Days of week are similar except oval shaped, and Saturday and Sunday on the bottom. I see names in color, and some colors, like magenta bring about nausea.

      • Lisa
        Posted December 21, 2013 at 6:15 am | Permalink

        Also, I don’t know if this is anything, but when someone gets hurt or is in pain, my mutual body part goes completely numb. If I am tending to someone’s pain, my fingers and hands go numb. Making it very difficult to help!

  20. Hosea
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    I really think having it is quite a pest… I cant focus on school work because if my whatever its called whenever Im in bed I always see pink when its hot.. when it gets cold my room suddenly goes a bluish tint dude it is so annoying !!!

  21. Leilani
    Posted July 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Um… I was wondering if I have synaesthesia. It’s sort of the way I see words and sentences, particularly in books for some reason. It’s like they have texture and are like a jigsaw – so when the sentences have the right words they are smooth, but when some of the words are wrong the whole thing is messed up and is all jumbled and bumpy. When someone gives me something to read that is had written, like my friend, for example, I view it as something akin to a strange sort of jigsaw, This is why I have a problem reading what I call ‘bad writing’ because I find it highly annoying that the sentences and the words don’t feel right. So because of this, my story writing particularly (and my other writing as well) is very…um..well, it’s cross examined by me, which makes the writing ‘smooth’ and not ‘bumpy’, in my eyes.

  22. Sarah
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    I have had synaesthesia my whole life, but only discovered that it had a name about a year ago. My mom knew about it, and when I started dating my husband I told him about it, and he was fascinated by it. He likes to bring it up at dinner parties to see people’s reactions to it. I not only see letters, words and numbers in color, but people also represent a color to me as well. Letters and numbers also have personalities to me. For instance, A is red, a female, attractive and slightly snobbish. Y is yellow, male, and fun.I have never met another person with this condition, but since my husband has helped me to open up about it, I find that so many people are fascinated by it, and jealous that they don’t have it. And a lot of people now come up to me and ask me “So, what color am I?” I do feel more special than the average person. My memory is crazy good, and I have recently found out that this is part of synaesthesia as well.Some people obviously think you’re a wacko or making it up, but who cares about them, anyway? I know who I am, and I know now that there is a name for it.

  23. Posted August 14, 2012 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    I would LOVE to have Synesthesia I have been reasearching it and found that not many people have sound/taste and sound/smell and have been told that color/letters,numbers,months,weeks,etc
    are the most common! It is a VERY VERY VERY COOL THING :P

  24. Hubert
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    My grand mother, and I have this condition
    when I was in first grade at school was very difficult, I was always afraid some one will find out and embarrassed me. If I accidentally hurt myself my pain color is Brown, the sound of the bell at church taste like Pineapple, any sensation I see like jelly beans in color floating in the air, moving slow in one direction, there is a liquorish flavor when I see certain people in the head or the hair. I can smell when a person lie. I can play many musical Instruments, very good with numbers, I am an inventor, I always have this dream or vision of a place that I am from, not from this Earth.

    • L-awesomeness
      Posted September 2, 2013 at 2:13 am | Permalink

      I know, I don’t want people to know (like in school) no one makes fun of me or asks questions and stuff. But I see colors around people and in numbers and letters and words, I hear few colors, and feel the emotions of colors!!!!

      • Sophie
        Posted March 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

        That is exactly what I have. Except not the words and numbers. With the emotions I see certain colors when I feel a certain way. Like I see yellows when I’m worried. Green when I’m happy/just normal.

  25. Dasiah
    Posted August 23, 2012 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Today, through a friend, I found out about this. I always thought it was normal to “go trough a tunnel of spinning colors” while listening to music. I mentioned this to many friends and the reaction I got was embarrassing. They would look at me like I had 10 heads! “Doesn’t this happen to everyone?”, I thought. Turns out , it’s not normal to give numbers personalities and make them have colors and names and such. It’s also not normal to see words on a screen in my mind as people talk to me. But, although it’s weird, I’m glad that I found out about it :)

  26. Hayley
    Posted August 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    My Creative Writing teacher mentioned it today… I was like wtf does that mean? And saomeone said it was where you mix up your senses kind of… he gave an example of it and said “Now few of my students have this. There are usually one or two people in each of my class. Like you may assing (in your mind) certain colors to certain letters. Or you might assign a certain sex/gender to a number and I instantly started shaking my head. He asked me if I had done it before and I said yes sir. He gave the example like 21 and I instantly said boy. So I have a form of synesthesia. And honeetly thought everybody did that. And that it was normal. I talked to my mom about it just recently and my Grandmother. And they said no its not normal… But its also not bad either.. Just different.

  27. Henna
    Posted September 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I am so amazed i am not the only one with syneasthesia. Im 13 but i realized i had syneasthesia(sorry cant spell) 2 years ago when i really embarressed myself infront of my friends when i started talking about colours of letters numbers names moods rooms etc… And everyone was staring at me. Ahhhh!!!!! Now everyones used to it although it still creeps my mum out when i tell her the colour of a resturant or song!!!!!

  28. Grace
    Posted September 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I have synesthesia. When I hear anything I smell something different. My mums name smells like wine and my dads name smells like cupcakes. Or music has a certain smell. I wonder what in it like to be un-synesthesic?

  29. Raven
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I have synaesthesia and I think its an amazing things to have. I wouldn’t trade it for all the tea in china! I didn’t realize I was different until I started talking to my friends about it and embarrassed myself. I love watching music, however and I think its had its effect of my musical talent.

  30. Henna
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    To grace that sounds really cool. I never really have it with smell

  31. Keri
    Posted September 23, 2012 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    i had this accident with my eyes awhile back and it caused damage to my brain so now i have it too. When i read, i see colors but mainly only gold and red, but its not only with certain letter, the colors follow along as i read which makes it harder for me. I also see colors when i close my eyes and hear music. Some are bright and some are dark depending on the genre. I guess i can say my imagination is different than a lot of others too. It all starts out with color combinations for me in my mind which is why i consider myself good at art..However sometimes ill just be walking and all of a sudden, i see black and purple “tingly lines” and it can be hard to see which makes me wonder if its a gift or not?

  32. SynesthesiaRox :)
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Hi! I have synesthesia where letters will stand for colors, for example: A= a bright crisp orange with fizzy bursts of lemon. I also have it where certain noises will overwhelm me. For example: When I scrape a fork on a plate, sharp dark green thunderbolts strike me like falling piano keys! It is so weird. I also have it related to smell & taste. For example: when I drink milk, I see white, blurry, fuzzy clouds,and it smells like burnt toast. It is so cool to have, and I am so thankful. I also see sharp and rough triangles, squares, and diamonds of a rainbow spectrum in my head when I close my eyes. When I read, it is so overpowering I have to take a break because all the colors and shapes build up, and are tingling my head,and sometimes I wanna scream. People who don’t have it, what color is this text? BTW: If you tell me your name, I can tell you what I see. My name is Faith. It is a hot pink with sharp needle-like flecks of gold with an orange burst at the end. How do you see Faith? (people with synesthesia of course). Thanks!

    • Natalia
      Posted October 3, 2012 at 3:42 am | Permalink

      The text is black.Boring right? I wish i had synesthesia… it sounds like the world is so much more- idk- open? By the way, my name is NataliA, with an a at the end :), not Natalie. :)

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:00 am | Permalink

      Ur name to me is a pastel orange with light pink flecks. Wats my name? (Alexa)

    • Catinya
      Posted May 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      I see Faith light baby blue with a hint of purplish pink. :)

      What is my name? Abigail. I think it is a hot purplish pinkish with an outline of lemon fizz. I have lots of different kinds of symptoms. If I am at a train station or something loud I get overwhelmed by the noise. One time with my brother he kept calling me names. All I heard was clinging bells at a high pitch, and I saw red floating. I started screamed.. ( which, by the way, is red/green) I think it makes me unique, but i don’t ever go around saying I have it. That I keep to myself. I also have colors for the days of the week. i taste in color and smell in taste. Good luck, synesthetic!!!

  33. Leah
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    do i have synesthesia? words, numbers, some sounds, and names all make a color pop in my head.

    • L-awesomeness
      Posted September 2, 2013 at 2:14 am | Permalink

      Yes you do

  34. Leah
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    btw i wanted to add that, natalia, your name is yellowey orange to me. haha.

  35. afisbladoh
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    i always have the sense of smell! sometime i smell something that other wouldn’t smell it! i don’t know what it is. i can smell people from just seeing them. sometime i almost event have orgasm with those smell! but sometime those smell i smell, just warn me how terrible that person would be! sometime it just make me feel sick! english is my third language, i don’t understand what is exactly you guys talking about, but people around me always said that i think by myself, and being like a dog. till i heard about this things by accident search on the internet

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 3:53 am | Permalink

      I wish i had it with smell and taste! I wondered wat it would b like… I hav it- letters numbers names and sounds hav colors

  36. Michael
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if I have the gift/condition. I have a reaction to music that involves panoramic views of “landscape”. This landscape is more of a kaleidescope effect but with purpose. Instead of shapes and colours cascading in sequence, I see it as a complex “EQ”. Instead of bars going up and down for bass and treble, the “bars” are colours for intensity and emotion.

    I have found myself overwhelmed at times to the point that if I am driving, I become so …. caught up with it, that I have pulled the car over to the side of the road until it passes.

    Music is the strongest, I tend to find that I feel it “impairs” my senses, however, I thought it a quirk on how I associated days of the week, months, letters, etc with different tastes or colours.

    This….sensation…. I don’t know how others without it cope. It’s as if most are born numb, but those that can Sysnesth have found out how to truly….’FEEL’

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 3:50 am | Permalink

      Last paragraph- DEFINATLEY!!!!!!!! Perfect wording:) like, i cant imagine a world with out this condition

    • abigail
      Posted May 6, 2013 at 1:47 am | Permalink

      i wanted to give you guys all something to look forward to. what i like to do, (for all of you guys that see shapes/numbers in color in the air or behind your eyes)is run a hot bath with bubbles, turn all the lights off, and play classical music. its amazing!!!!! everything is just, oh, its just wonderful! have fun! :D

  37. Caroline
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I would love to have Synesthesia; as an aspiring artist having the world in more color would be helpful to me. I would like to know more though, like when a color or feeling arrives, does it gently fade in, or does it hit you hard? Or does it depend on what you’re experiencing? Sorry, just very curious!

    • Posted December 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      I would help but i cant sorry! I have it but bery mild. Like how most people with it have trouble with math and/or reading. I dont at all though… Its weird. But when someone says, lets say, the letter A. I think of the color red. For me, its like i picture the letter in my mind in the color it is for me. Its like that for alot of things, like numbers and names. For names, they even hav textures to them. So i guess it all depends on what kind the person has or how strong it is. You should keep researching, its a very interesting topic. Try reading A Mango Shaped Space, too

    • Sophie
      Posted March 3, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      I can sort of tell u what it’s like but I only have it with noise and it can be like my emotions for me when I hear a noise a color appears and fades away. So if someone is next to me and breathing(yeah sort of weird)a green rectangle usually appears and then fades away. It doesn’t really hit me hard though it might with some people. Colors for me depend on the sound. I hope that sort of helps you.

  38. Sophie
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Is this synaesthesia: I can feel some sounds like a scratching noise will make me feel like there is sand paper in my mouth. Beeping noises make me have a swishing feeling
    I also hear sounds in specific locations near me. Softer sounds are to the left in front of me. Thunder is directly to my right. When I hear music the sounds bounce in different places near me

  39. Joel
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Okay; Well black I hate black mostly because when I see blacks OR grey I smell and taste digusting ciggarettes. My mum thought I was crazy one time, A loud gunshot sounded outside he house I suddenly saw a purple line with a C-Shape going thorugh it. I taste marshmellows when I hear clapping. And when Im walking I see squiggly transparent lines each time I take a step.

  40. raven
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I never knew this was a condition until today ;p
    I dunno, for me, only certain things get associated with color. Like when I think of a number or letter, i just get the feeling of what color it is. I don’t actually SEE the colors, but I KNOW that 7 is green. Or R is dark purple. More often than not, it’s a sort of color combination, like W fluctuates from shades of gray to pale stormy-blue or to white. Quite pretty.
    Sometimes it’s an entire word, like how the word “darling” is a pale yellowy-gold color.
    I always just assumed it was normal. Like, doesn’t everyone do this to some extent? lol

  41. Julles
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I have synesthesia to. It’s fun matching up colours and letters/numbers in my mind. Like, since most guys haves O’s in their names and O’s are black so that gives many names a black tinge, but the name Phillip is a purplish-pink. I only have coloured letters and numbers but sometimes, if I close my eyes music has a colour too. I know many people with synesthesia have trouble in math but I’ve figured out a way to match up coloured numbers in my mind. Like, the sandy-orange of 2 matches with the dark purple of 7 to make a dark green 9. Is that normal? FYI: To those who have read A Mango-Shaped Space (awesome book) you really need to read the Secret Series as well.

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 3:47 am | Permalink

      Omg i thought everyone saw letters numbers sounds and names with the the color that i do and i didnt no not even evryone didnt see colors for those stuff… Untill i read that book!

  42. Lisa Schremmer
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    My daughter seems to have synaethesia. Pls forward some info for me if possible. Kind regards Lisa

    • Sophie
      Posted March 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      You should probably ask her about it like how does she experience it. As in numbers, letters, sounds, words, etc.

  43. Gicelle
    Posted November 25, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I love having syesthesia! I’ve had it my whole life, and I’ve never even been aware of it most of the time…it’s like, when you’re explaining a memory to someone, and you can see certain details so clearly, that you leave them out in your explanation because they seem like such a given. That’s what it feels like. There’s nothing bad or different about it-if anything, it explains my freakishly good memory. I’m able to use it to create songs and writing, because certain colors just go together. It’s a very colorful world:) It also effects who I gravitate towards, I love colorful people.

  44. I Like Cheese
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I didnt think it was a disorder, I just thought everyone had it! Its pretty cool, make me feel like a superhero, but sometimes pretty annoying.
    I see colours when I listen to music, mostly greens, yellows, whites and blacks…also if I hear/read the name of someone im close too, I see the colour red, and if its someine im not close too, I see blue. Also days of the week are coloured and numbered…the only negative aspect is that when I see/hear/feel something that worries me, I Have the most collosal headaches at a single point at the back of my head… I still cant beleive that not everyome jas it, it feels so normal!
    Oh fun fact, at the cinemas or concerts I thoght the ligjts went down so you could see the colours better xD

  45. Posted December 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I have it. And last year in school, during reading, we came across a page where the author describes the music litterally flashing colors that correspond with the sound(it was a fantasy book). So she did something with the class. She took songs and asked wat color they think it is. She and everyone else thought of all the happy ones yellow, girly ones pink, and sad ones blue. And im just sitting there like “…..” Because they were trying to match colors up when they dont really see them in there head. They just guessed. And i had complete different answers. I was just like,”wow.”

    • chris
      Posted March 27, 2014 at 12:02 am | Permalink

      What was the name of that fantasy book? I have been looking for the name of a book for a couple Years now. Its about a person who learns this strange instrument on an alien world that when played correctly paints a picture with colors that plays along with the music.

  46. Laniz
    Posted December 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    I have synesthesia and i cant imagine not having it! I can oftefeel sound, not the vibrations. If you drop a book in the other room i feel a tap on my back. When i play the violin I get a weird feeling in my fingers. Also some words have colors for me. The words/names Welsh, Shawn, Robyn, Erika, Ellie, Book, all have colors. Many other words have colors also. Some ,usic also has shapes. One song is circular and another is wavy. Thunder is a wavy circle. I have others forms of synesthesia but i cant always remeber them. It feels natural to me. I am not sire if this is a result of synesthesia but when i watch movies i get a huge headache. Is that related to my synesthesia?

  47. Christi
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    I can also see color with music. The colors dance around the room and when a not is perfectly in tune it rings in my ear. I also see time not in colors, but in a grid. I also see days as a color.
    Colors of the week:
    Sunday-yellow
    Monday-red
    Tuseday-green
    Wednesday-Orange
    Thursday-Purple
    Friday-blue
    Saturday-black

    • Lovecat
      Posted May 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

      I have that sort of synesthesia too. I also have personalities for the days. Monday is a blonde lady with a bob. She’s a tough-talking business woman who always has a cigarette in her hand, for example.

  48. Ava
    Posted December 27, 2012 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    I have hearing,thinking-colors, music- colors, instrument-colors. I have no problem reading.(people often say I’m obsessed… I am) And I’m awesome at math (I just hate it). I love my synthesia, but I hate it to. There just is no “off” switch. I hate that. I was on my school’s classical music team (Music and Memory) I hated it classical music just gives me a headache from sensory over lode. I’m 11 and learned about my synthesia through Wendy Mass’s “A Mango Shaped Space”. The only person that I’ve told about it is my Mom and she thought I was crazy.

  49. Melody Syper
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    I have Taste-touch and touch-taste synesthesia. So things like the necklace around my neck at the moment tastes like chocolate and headaches tastes like copper and so on.

    But at the same time, things like eating pizza feels like running my hands over a rough brick surface and eating ice-cream feels like dipping my hands in cold water and so on.

    And I don’t consider it a disorder or a condition because to me the words just seem so negative! I see them as an a part of me that I just can’t imagine life without it! I’ve grown up with it and it makes the world so much more interesting!

  50. Korianto
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I don’t see colors, when looking at numbers, but I hear sounds when looking at colors. I know that may sound odd, but it’s been going on as far back as I can remember. Mostly it’s just tones – different pitches – high or low depending on the color. dark tones seem to have lower tones, while warmer colors tend to have higher tones, and bright colors have irritating grating tones.

    Classical art is usually okay for me to view – those colors are usually muted into soft browns and the like, nothing bright, so the tones are kind of low and normal like. But Modern Art – those museums I stay away from, usually can’t go in at all. When I view Modern Art it’s just unbearable on my senses. The color/sound combinations overwhelm me in a cacophony of colorful off-key tones.

    This synthesia has limited my life in many ways. The interior of my home is decorated in muted tones of brown, tans, and dark blues. Those color combinations tend to affect me the least. For rugs I use your so-call oriental carpets – again they’re mostly muted maroon, blue, tans, and the like. Lower type soothing colors/tones are everywhere in my home. Nothing bright, nothing jarring.

    The outside, I do love gardening, and I do want to plant flowers because others like them so much. Here again I try to keep to tones that affect me the least – blue and purple flowers, lots of greenery; nothing bright like red or yellow or orange – their colors tend to bring forth high irritating tones in my head.

    I’m in my mid-fifties now, been living with this a long time. Most of my family and friends still don’t know about it (they’d think I was crazy – am I?), but they do know that I don’t like fiery colors, bright colors, and they know what colors I like.

    Do I mind this? Sometimes – Someday I would like to go into an Art Museum and not be assaulted by all this noise inside my head; I’d rather it be quiet so I can contemplate the great works of art in front of me, in person.

  51. Sefood
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never seen color, I’ve never heard it, but I can taste it. For example I taste the word unusual, hamburgers, yum! And light tastes like red beets, gross, but I will tell you one thing, your not missing much. The condition I have is like an ever lasting cold, with no cure.

    • L-awesomeness
      Posted September 2, 2013 at 2:18 am | Permalink

      Would you even want a cure? I wouldn’t even though it’s hard to get through math problems. But it opens up your world in a way only a few people see it

  52. Ellie
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    I’m doing a big research project on synesthesia. I dont have it but i think it’s really cool:) I need a casual interview and I was wondering if someone would be interested?

  53. talnomark
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    I have synesthesia and I’m a teen
    I see 4 as green and 8 as purple and 3,5, & 7 make me think of red, yellow, and blue, but not as powerful as 4 and 8

  54. abomalekasshami
    Posted February 10, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    About every time i close my eyes or spent too much tine in the dark i see random colors mostly red, yellow, orange, pink, violet
    the colors mostly take random shapes like splashes and circles and the colors transform and move randomly(a red circle to pink splash moving in the dark, a yellow splash get divided)
    and i have certain colors and shapes and personalities associated to a few numbers (0, 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) do i have synaesthesia

  55. Posted February 25, 2013 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    This may or may not be a form of synaesthesia, but certain number patterns, word sounds and names, colours, letters, and shapes have genuine personalities. For example, I did a thing when I was younger where I’d gather up small pieces (game pieces, buttons, marbles, glass stones, ect.) and have them live in a fully rounded ecosystem and ‘play God’, and I’d know who each one was and their past and personality and everything even with only minor details being different among the same types of items. This has also met me up when I meet people who have names that trigger this: while watching Doctor Who, it seemed intrinsically /wrong/ that Melody could also be River – River is strong, confrontational, with many sides and a complex history and future, and it’s hard to blur the line between the two, but a Melody is reclusive, inventive, quiet, and utterly genius. It seemed impossible to me for her to be both.

    This is a really bad summary of what I experience, but is it possible that I have some form of synaesthesia, or does anyone else experience this or something like this?

  56. Mak
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Hi guys :) I’m currently writing a story about a man who has this, and I’m doing a little research. Sooooo I have a question: have you ever asked anyone, professional or otherwise, for a diagnosis on this and gotten an answer other than synesthesia? like an actual diagnosis? any answers would be greatly appreciated :)

    P.s. this sounds like it would be sooooo cool to have :)

    • Posted March 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

      it is a cool thing to have. hello, mak! i have synesthesia, although i believe that there is no cure. i am no doctor, so i just want to say that in my synesthetic world, your name is a robins egg blue with little brown dots.

  57. Jessica
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    I beleive I have synaesthesia- especially as a child and even today, I’ve associated colors with individual letters, numbers, and whole words. The thing is, is that I was born with a visual impairment and at times it is difficult for me ti discern colors (especially color contrasts). So its at times very hard to articulate the exact color that I perceive. Sometimes…it’s a confusing blend between a color and a emotion or mood…the same way music note gives of a unique ‘feel’. I would describe it as “warm” and “cold”, “bright/light”, or “dark/dull”, “pleasant/dissonant.” Maybe this has to do with the way I think a word “feels” by its sound? For some reason, i’ve always felt bad for the number 9… He just sounds so stressed…even if he’s a bright orange color~

    I sometimes wonder if these perceptions I’ve always had affect the way I feel at given times, or if the information I learn about a subject affects the way I perceive the word’s color and feel. “Wednesday” is a light grey-blue color that is soft and appealing to me even though its the middle of the week. Same thing with “February”- it is ivory-green and attractive also (even feminine) despite it being in the dead of a Minnesota winter. Friedrich (grass-green) Nietzsche (bold, dark orange) however is a guy I first heard of in college and he’s also a guy I don’t like, so his last name especially feels ‘heavy’.

    I think the emotional part is just feelings we personally attach to words (symbols, essentially) as we learn them).

  58. Maroon
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    I have synesthesia and I try to explain to my friends about how they have colors and the smells I hear but they think im crazy and want me to talk to a counselor. It’s really annoying to me because I want them to be able to have the experience I have but try wont listen

  59. Chris
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I think mine is pretty rare, and I only found out about it very recently. I’m 20. I get physical sensations when I listen to certain parts of certain songs. A lot of trance music to me seems wet and cold. ‘Cloudlight’ is sticky, and I love it because it’s the only sticky song I’ve heard. Now that I know this isn’t normal, I understand why people wouldn’t understand what I meant when I talked about music, like I’d say things like ‘that song sounds like an ice cube’ and people just wouldn’t get what I was on about at all. :/ Often people just thought I was being metaphorical, which is why no one really commented, I guess?

  60. Isabelle
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    Hi i was wondering if I have synaesthesia. I see colored shapes float around sometimes and I can control where they go and sometimes their size, but I don’t think It’s when I like hear things or anything. I have a REALLY good memory and I’m in top groups in all school classes. I can do math mentally but can’t explain how I do it. some numbers have colors at times. 7 is yellow and HATES other numbers. I can’t even do simple adding and stuff with it sometimes! My name is also yellow.i see color when looking at light and when I look at things a see like “static” on it. if I look hard at things a colored outline appears. Please tell me if that is synaesthesia or not someone! Thx for reading this long boring comment :)

    • Joma
      Posted May 2, 2013 at 12:47 am | Permalink

      Definitely! I wish I had that type of synesthesia, where it’s actually useful and memorable and helps to do math!

  61. liliana
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    i think i MIGHT have synesthesia…
    if i see some tipe of food, scent, sound online, i will be able to hear, smell, or taste it… same goes for reading
    also, when i’m eating, every food seems to taste like a color, for instance, melatonin tastes purple, and barbiqued chicken tastes red and purple…. are these normal syndromes?

  62. Joma
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Yeah liliana, that’s definitely synesthesia. I see colors when I hear music(We Are Young by Fun is a deep red). Once I heard a song by Greenday and it was dark grey. 2nd time I heard it, it was still dark grey, but 3rd and 4th time it was black. Is that normal synesthesia? Letters and numbers have color (3=yellow)but the first time I tried imagining colors for #’s to see if i had grapheme synesthesia, I had to think before i thought of the colors. Before, the colors were never really there unless I thought about it, unlike songs on the radio, which had colors when I was in preschool. Does this mean I have mild number/letter synesthesia?

    • catinya
      Posted May 10, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

      if you have to think about the colors then no… that is not synesthesia. i had to do the same thing with numbers. to see if i had it or not with numbers, i wrote down the colors one day that i saw with numbers. the next day i did the same thing. they did not match up correctly. so i know i do not have synesthesia with numbers\colors. although numbers do have genders and attitudes for me.
      1-girl
      2-girl, nice laidback
      3-girl
      4-guy

  63. Catinya
    Posted May 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    I have synesthesia also. I thought I was just crazy until I red the book “A Mango Shaped Space”. I have colors for every day of the week except Thursday. It tastes like chocolate (wierd enough)

    Monday- yellow
    Tuesday- teal
    Wednesday- mucky green
    Thursday- taste/chocolate
    Friday-baby blue
    Saturday- navy
    Sunday- pink

    A lot of people tell me “I bet your making it up” or “your just kidding. That doesn’t exist!” But obviously it does.is it normal for two numbers/letters to be the same color? I think of 3 red, and 9 red. I think of A yellow. B blue. C green. They seem to match my weekdays. Is that normal? Except D doesn’t taste like chocolate. It looks like pinkish purplish color. Good luck all you synesthetics!!! :D

    • Julles
      Posted May 5, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

      No. It’s completely normal. (At least from my point of view.) For me, x and z almost the same shade of a goldish, yellowish, orangish colour.

  64. Callahan
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I just found out my 10 year old daughter has this. She started telling me that people were colors. She also experiences numbers,letters and music in color. I have been doing a lot of research on it and read the “auras” associated with people were less common. I wanted to find out if anyone out there has this form of synesthesia?

    • Kveylet
      Posted May 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      I have the same sort of aoura thing as well, although I’ve seen that for me it gets stronger after getting to know what a person is truly like and it’s usually quite weak for strangers. I believe it’s probably a personality -> colour variation of synesthesisia for me. I’m interested to here more on your daughter’s type.

      • Callahan
        Posted May 13, 2013 at 1:51 am | Permalink

        My daughter has made a list of people in her life that she connects a color to. I noticed that some she does not care for has a light color and a dark color. She says when I get mad my color gets very dark. She has also said when people walk they actually have a footprint in that color.

      • Kveylet
        Posted May 13, 2013 at 2:01 am | Permalink

        Wow! That’s a bit different from mine (the colours never change, and the footstep thing isn’t something I share, though that’s absolutely incredible!), but it’s still cool to know that I’m not the only one with something like that. :D

      • Callahan
        Posted May 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for your response. She feels better knowing someone out there shares the same experience. I know this is nothing new to her but it is to me. I find synesthesia very interesting and I can tell she enjoys what some people consider a gift.

    • Rapunzel
      Posted August 27, 2013 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      I also have a variety on this form of synaesthesia , I think it’s a type of personality-colour synaesthesia . For a long time this only happened for me in dreams or memories but it’s slowly drifting into the real world . I’m 14 and have only recently found out that seeing these things isn’t ‘ normal’ . If your daughter is still worried I suggest she reads a book called ‘ The Name of this book is secret’ . It’s not directly about synaesthesia but one of it’s main characters has it so it’s referenced a lot . It’s a great book and it might make her feel better and more comfortable with it . Hope this helps :)

    • L-awesomeness
      Posted September 2, 2013 at 3:40 am | Permalink

      Really? I have something like that! Ask her if when she sees colors she thinks emotions like when she sees blue she think or feels happy. Like that!!

  65. Isabelle
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    I havea question: does everyone see colors when they see light/brightness or is it just my synaesthesia???

    • abigail
      Posted May 19, 2013 at 5:26 am | Permalink

      it very much could be related to your synesthesia. i have the same thing go on. do you enjoy your synesthesia? i wouldn’t give it up for all the money in the world! it makes me unique. ;)

      • Isabelle
        Posted June 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

        Of course! Ur name is bright red. Mine is yellow.

  66. Isabelle
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Oh and Joma, what kind do u have and do u have any idea what I have?

  67. Joma
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure you have a type of synesthesia, I just don’t know what it’s called because your synesthesia (seeing colors when you taste food) is probably more rare than my kind. I see colors when I hear music or random noises like static and clapping, which is (according to Wikipedia)chromesthesia. you’ll probably find your type of synesthesia on Wikipedia, too.

    • Joma
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

      Whoops. Forget that other comment.You have grapheme color synesthesia because you associate colors with letters. I was thinking of someone else when I posted the other comment.

  68. Sophie
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    I love telling all my friends their name’s colors. Every letter has it’s own color. And different words, depending of the letters, has it’s own color as well!! Same with numbers… I have it for months and days as well. I have it a bit with music where hearing a high key is a white and a low key is black. It’s weird to think about how people view the world in such different ways! I made a chart showing all the letters and colors so that maybe my family would understand *sigh*

    • Isabelle
      Posted June 10, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

      Most things have color for me to! Ur name is light pink and mine is yellow. What color is yours and mine to you?

  69. catinya
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    is tHis synesthesia?
    when i listen to music i feel it in my back. every beat has a place…. but it is always behind me. sometimes in my head. if i turn around it goes with me. when it is sharp music the beats come and go almost immediatley. if it is a sad song, for say, with slow beats, they come and go slower.

    i have a bunch of forms of synesthesia! sadly, though, everyone thinks i am making it up! i read a book, started studying synesthesia, took a test, and now i realize i have it! my brother and my dad think i am making this all up! only i know i am not and thats that! :^)

    i have:
    colored weekdays
    colored shapes
    music has “PLACES” (if it is synesthesia)
    peoples voices have “PLACES” (again, if its synesthesia)
    names have colors
    attitudes\feelings have colors
    Pain has colors
    numbers have genders-some have feelings
    things that arent moving move (it might just be an illusion)
    if i smell food i can taste it too (Only sometimes)
    etc. etc. etc.

    all of those that i mentioned are a form of synesthesia right?

    i have drawn so many pictures of colors to represent synesthesia. some i am proud of, some i am not so proud of. you should try drawing a picture of synesthesia. it sounds hard, but for those of you with it, honestly it is quite simple.

    have fun!

  70. catinya
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    i forgot to mention that i also:
    see words on a screen in my head
    light has static on it

    that is synesthesia too right?

  71. Isabelle
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know I was wondering about the static I have it and I’m not sure if it’s cause of syNaesthesia

  72. Rosalie
    Posted June 30, 2013 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    Hey everyone! I’m Rosalie and I experience grapheme – color synesthesia. Like the studies show I experience color with letters, numbers, a teeny bit of both touch & taste. I believed everyone saw the world this way & I discovered I had synesthesia actually by my middle school librarian. I was sitting next to a friend of mine & she wrote down her name. Her name was the prettiest shade of cream sickle orange I ever saw. I told her that I loved the color of her name. She seemed shocked! She was like Rosalie, my name doesn’t have color! And she went on and on a bout the ” Gray ” words on her paper.

    Another time at school the lights went out. People were screaming and slamming locker doors and yelling to other people. It. Drove. Me. Insane. I had a major headache from all the colors and shapes around me. locker doors create little tan colored rings in my vision, along with each person’s unique color of a scream and on top of that, the fire alarm went off. I was in shock and the colors took over me kinda. My friend had to practically drag me out of the building.

    Thanks for reading! Trust me there are a lot more stories, if I told them all, it would take up three pages. Sometimes being a synesthete is good and sometimes annoying and bad.

  73. Isabelle
    Posted July 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    ur name is light pink ish orange with light blue :) cooool name mines just plain old yellow

  74. Catinya
    Posted July 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I do believe that the screen thing is a form of synesthesia. One time when i was, like, 3 or 4 i went up to my mom and said, “i love how when people talk, every word they say, is on a screen in my head! dont you like that, mommy?” she just stared at me, then she turned back to my brother in amazement. My brother, nor my mom, had what i had.

    at school i am known for being a really good speller. i have been able to spell forever. once i was in 1st grade, i was bumped up to 2nd grade spelling time. the teacher in second grade told us to spell perpendicular. i was the only one in the class to spell it correctly!!! and i was a first grader!!! i only knew how to spell it because when she said the word i saw it in my head and just wrote down what i saw.

    my point, is that, not everybody has the screen thing. i think it could very possibly, have to do with my synesthesia.
    Kindest regards,
    Catinya

  75. Posted August 26, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I was adopted so I will never know!

  76. Rapunzel
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    I recently found out that I have emotion-colour , music pitch- colour, music chord- colour , sound- colour and smell- taste synaesthesia . I’m 14 and am grade 8 on several instruments , I think part of this is down to the synaesthesia. I guess it’s helped me . Does anyone else find it helps with revision . For example , if I need to remember a key word I’ll say it to myself then remember the colour . I don’t know why it just works I guess . Also does anyone else find that their synaesthesia is stronger when dreaming or in a memory?

    • catinya
      Posted September 8, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      I do realize that my synesthesia is more clear when I am reviewing what they said. When someone says Monday, i immediately see\think yellow. But when someone says a name, i have to spell out the name in my head, (which happens naturally) and then think of their personality, and then i automatically have a color.

  77. Elena
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I’m quite curious, as I never experienced color-number association when I was younger, but after reading a brilliant book called Ultraviolet, about synaesthesia, if I think about numbers, letters and words, they have colors, e.g. 1 gray, 2 red, 3 yellow, D and B dark blue and 4. When I read them though, I don’t physically see and colour, I just think it. Is this synaesthesia, or just me subconciasly making it up after reading about it? I’m really curious.

    • Jory
      Posted October 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      I’m kinda like that too. I never really thought about numbers as colors when I didn’t know what synesthesia was, but once I heard about it, I decided to see think about what colors letters and numbers would be if I did have synesthesia. Surprisingly,almost all the numbers and letters I thought of had a color. I think this is just a more mild form of synesthesia, where the sensory mix up is so slight you don’t notice it until you think about it. Five and h are both orangeish and I get them mixed up in algebra problems, solving for the variable. Four and f are green, 2 and n are red and I get those mixed up.

  78. Isabelle
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Like elena
    Ethers and numbers have color but only when I think about them. Since kindergarten when I pictured them in my head (I do math in my head) there are a certain color. And 7 is yellow and I can’t add any thing that makes it very well and I cant multiply and stuff with it well. Is any of that synesisthesia?

  79. alice
    Posted October 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    please help ! i dont know if i have synaesthesia or not? i seem to but im not sure. when i think of letters, they have colours. only A seems to switch between red and yellow ?
    Also, triangles are orange for me. squares are blue. circles yellow, octagons purple. always have been …
    normal or not ?? ^_^
    please help!

    • Elena
      Posted October 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      Hi :)Not being sure myself if I have synaesthesia, I can’t be sure if you have, but what you have said sounds exactly how things are for me. With the switching colour thing, I also have that, as 6 is both grey and orange, but isn’t both at the same time. It’s quite hard to explain. Occasionally for me, seeing letters and numbers actually trigger colours, for example, in maths, I saw z/4 in algebra, and not thinking of synaesthesia, I thought it was such a nice metallic teal colour, but I didn’t really SEE it, I can’t explain what it was like, even to myself. The brain is a very confusing thing… Anyway, hope this helped,
      Elena :)

  80. despoina
    Posted October 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Hello,

    I have lexical-gustatory synaesthesia.Cetain words have specific taste for me. My mother tongue is Greek and I speak English fluently. I,also, speak Spanish. This phenomenon happens to all these languages. I had read in an article that this type of synesthesia has to do with the phonemes of the language as well as with the combination of different sounds. It’s absolutely marvellous. I feel very privileged. I wouldn’t trade this ability for anything in the world.

  81. nikki
    Posted November 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    i have this really weird thing about the number 9. for me it is a red that reminds me of a barn but it is darker than a barn. it’s kind of brownish. whenever i see anything that colour it really bugs me because i hate the number 9! it isn’t this bad for other numbers though. also if someone’s name is a really gross colour i don’t like saying their name. it’s kind of awkward to tell them though… :( i’m glad that there are other people who have this too so i don’t feel as weird. anyway, what’s it like to have taste or smell synesthesia?

  82. Sparkle
    Posted November 15, 2013 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    My qs are purple, and my os are orange. But it only happens on those letters. Is that normal?

  83. Julie
    Posted December 13, 2013 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I have the number form version and after reading all the fantastic comments about colour feel mine is a bit dull in comparison. I’m 43 and only found out yesterday that my visions are synesthesia. Like others, I had casually mentioned to a couple of people how I see things and their response put me off mentioning it ever again until this week I watched a tv program about the earth’s orbit. The diagrams of the years orbit were exactly how I saw it. So I googled seeing things in shapes and came across all this amazing info about synesthesia. It’s nice to finally have an explanation for it and know that there are so many people that have it too. Love reading about all the experiences.

  84. skai
    Posted December 30, 2013 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    So I just found out about thistonight becausw my friend said she hears colours! I was so jealous and full of doubt…caus
    e common that sounds too good to be true! But I its not! So I instantly started researching it! I’ve read about half these comments and well…. I totally give numbers genders, and vague personalities…but only a few..like 5 has always been a boy, cute or attractive. 9 also a boy, somewhat a badass and 7 is female and kinda edgy. I also had a vivid dream a long time ago ..about why I hated the number 8 (female) so much. However I failed to writebit down and could not remember the next morning….
    What do you guys make out of this?

    • Little Rain
      Posted February 28, 2014 at 5:39 am | Permalink

      God, I should have read every comment first before asking!
      Yeah, I had the same thing to with numbers and alphabets having gender and personalities. Mostly occur in numbers. I still remember them as it is back in my early childhood.
      The most disturbing numbers was 4 and 9
      To me 4 and 9 are very jealous girls but 9 is much sinister.
      When this two numbers pair, the whole equation feels sinister and that’s why I hated maths until now

  85. skai
    Posted December 30, 2013 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    Also since I never would have thought about this, what’s a good way to test for it??

  86. Dennis Dodel
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Wow! After 62 years I can finally put a name to my condition. Number Form Synesthesia. People have always told me I was crazy when I describe my experience. For as long as I remember I have had a vision of a yearly calendar in my head. While a few people here have described their calendar as being oval shaped, mine is a square pattern with all of the months being in smaller squares inside of the bigger square. The months Jan. thru Aug. are on the top of the square running left to right. The last four months, Sept. thru Dec., are on the bottom of the square running right to left under the Jan. thru Aug. squares. The lower months are in larger squares than the upper months so as to make the bigger square the correct shape.
    I also visualize the decades from the year 1800 through the current decade in line form. From 1800-1899 the line is vertical. From 1900-1949 all decades are in a horizontal line. Starting at the year 1950 all of the decades alternate between vertical and horizontal with the 50′s being vertical, the 60′s being horizontal etc. Strangely, (as if any of this stuff is not strange enough as it is!)the 90′s decade goes off in a sort of slight left angle. The 2000′s are vertical and 2010′s is horizontal. I remember looking forward to each new decade on New Years Eve to see which way it would go.

    Does anyone else here have any of the visions that I have?

  87. Natalie
    Posted January 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I’ve always been fascinated by synesthesia. Could someone tell me what my name sounds/smells (I know it depends on the type you have) like?

    It’s Natalie. :)

    • Jory
      Posted January 24, 2014 at 6:09 am | Permalink

      Dark brownish red. Like a brownish maroon color.

  88. Posted February 23, 2014 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Whew! For years I wondered if others “saw” words, phrases, people, moods, words, numbers in color. I always have. I’m an artist so I’ve always used it to guide me in my work.

    Once I tried describing how the number 67 reminds me of cola or how the number 42 is pink, I got a crazy stair…So glad I’m not alone! I also can remember people by their “aura” color…when my twin daughters were born, I always saw one as yellow and the other as pink…It turns out their personalities match to me. HA! I’m not crazy!!! Amzaing that there’s a name for it. :)

  89. Little Rain
    Posted February 28, 2014 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    I pretty much notice that most synesthesia are grapheme-color related, but for me, all of the numbers and alphabets have genders and personality. I wonder if this is categorize as synesthesia too, cause it still remain in me ever since childhood.

  90. Lovehungergames
    Posted March 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Is this synesthesia?
    I see colors when there is sounds. Also emotions have color like if I’m worried about something I see a bright yellow with a slight orange tint. With noise when breathing I see a green blue rectangle. If the house is quiet but is making sounds from a heater I see a large black rectangle. Tapping looks like a pink violet organic shape.

  91. Josie
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    I have synesthesia! awesome

  92. Dayle Skocic
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I think my daughter has it, but she sees color with emotions. She just happened to mention it out of the blue. She is 12 and she was telling me how happy she was about something and how she liked the colors that came with being happy. After questioning her and researching on the internet, I found synesthesia. I am going to have her take the test. I asked her what angry was, she said red fading to black fading to red. I find it very interesting.

  93. Toria
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I have synaesthesia :) I grew up believing everyone saw letters, numbers etc the way I did, I couldn’t imagine not having it. It’s in my minds eye primarily, for instance the days of the week are in a wheel and each day has its own specific colour and size. And numbers have an order in my head I couldn’t even begin to describe but it goes backwards and up and down and even swirls around by the time you get to 500 and each individual number has a colour, but when I look at all the numbers in their order in my head they have colour groups in multiples of 10. Music and words have colours and tastes and sometimes smells, but that one is mainly when I share a strong emotion with it. When I ask my friends etc what they see (I’m always trying to find someone who knows what I’m talking about!) It sounds so boring not to have synaesthesia, I feel lucky :)


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