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Friday night, for family movie night, we were watching NOVA...we're just kind of weird like that :)...
It was on the brain and they briefly mentioned a neurological condition called Synesthesia.
I had never heard of it before but it was fascinating!
Basically, it's a blending of the senses.
So you get people who smell colors and some who taste sounds.
Most of the more common types deal with colors. Many synesthetes associate a color with each letter of the alphabet...every time they see an "A" it is literally red to them and so on and so forth.
I thought that this was so interesting that after the show was over I hopped on the internet to learn more about it.
I came across a blog called Synesthesia Test and read this post.
I couldn't believe what I was reading! Especially the comments after the post...what they were describing was so familiar! I realized I most likely have Spacial Sequencing Synesthesia.
I remember about a year ago I asked my husband what he saw when he thought of the months of the year. He was confused by my question so I told him what I "saw" and asked him again what he saw. He said he didn't "see" anything. I thought that was weird. After all, doesn't everyone have a picture in their mind of what the months of the year look like? I really didn't give it another thought until I started reading about SSS and realized not everyone does have a "months of the year picture" in their head....or a "days of the week" picture or a "timeline of years" picture.
So crazy! Many of these commenters expressed similar thoughts that they just assumed that's how everyone was...until they realized it wasn't and then they thought they must be crazy somehow. Many of them expressed relief to find a place to talk about it with other people that would understand and not give them a funny look in return.
This is what I see...
|Days of the week: I see the current day with the surrounding days kind of blurred around it.|
I see the years as a sort of tilted and ascending timeline with definite century marks. My birth year is also visible...along with the current year.
I was fascinated by this on Friday night while I was reading and honestly, felt kind of special all of a sudden :) However, apparently, some studies have shown up to 20% or so of the population have some type of synesthesia. It is also believed that it is often hereditary and mostly found in females.
When talking to my mom about it, it seems that she has the same type of SSS tendencies.
Spacial Sequencing Synesthesia is not the most common type nor is it the least common. (To me, it seems like the most boring though...at least, mine has no color involved, no taste, sound or feel...just a picture). I also feel that my case is rather mild. Some of the comments on the above mentioned blog post are incredible as to the detail that some of these people see. What I see, though undeniable, consistent, and unsolicited, is somewhat dim and vague.
In conclusion, I think it is kind of nifty that I have a mild case of SS Synesthesia...a "diagnosis" :) that I was completely unaware of until this weekend.
So, what do you think? Did any of this ring true with you? Might you have one of the many types of synesthesia and be able to proudly claim the title of a Synesthete?!