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What is Synaesthesia, really?
Well, synaesthesia is the combining of the senses. For instance, people with synaesthesia are able to "see" sounds, "hear" colors or geometric shapes, "taste" colors or geometric shapes, "feel" colors or sounds, etc. Most synaesthetes (like me!) have chromasthesia, where numbers and letters of the alphabet have specific colors, genders, personalities, and textures. The thing about synaesthesia is that it is a constant throughout the lives of those with this condition. Such as, if the number "5" is yellow, then it has always been yellow from since they can remember and any other color associated with that number seems "wrong" somehow.
There are two ways synaesthesia can
be perceived. The first is externally; the perceptions are viewed in 3
dimensional space as if it is projected inches or feet in front of
them. The second is internally; the perceptions are only
viewed within the mind of the synaesthete and are not projected outward.
Some common traits of synaesthesia are as follows:
Now, these are just some common traits. This does not mean that, for example, if you rot at math, you have synaesthesia. Or, even the opposite, if you excel in math that you don't have synaesthesia. These are just attributes that are common amongst those with this condition.
I'll end with this food for thought that has absolutely nothing to do with synaesthesia but I thought it sounded appropriate:
"Without words to objectify
and categorize our sensations and place them in relation to one another, we
cannot evolve a tradition of what is real in the world."