Types of Synesthesia: I’m an associator and I have grapheme>colour, time>colour, spatial sequence and personality>colour
How did you find out about your syn?: Slightly long story here ha. I discovered synesthesia upon reading RJ Anderson’s ‘Ultraviolet’, two, maybe three years ago now. The book mentions nothing about the difference between association and projection, however, and neither did the wikipedia page, so I didn’t realise I had it. Then, earlier this year, I was researching synesthesia for a short story that was never completed, and the spatial sequence synesthesia section caught my eye. So I read through it, and an addition on (I think) the chromesthesia page on wikipedia made me think that I was maybe an associator. So I looked into it a little, enough to conclude that I had synesthesia. Excited, I went onto tumblr and searched through the synesthesia tag, reblogging a few posts. I followed this blog and a bunch of others, and then I got a phone call. It was my best friend Jade, and the conversation went like this: “Hey, you know that syn-synes-syn-esia-” “Synesthesia.” “-thing that you posted on tumblr? I think I might have it.” “What type?” “The number-form one?” “No way… me too!” We then ranted on the phone for a while, discussing the way the years are shaped and the colour of Sunday (a pointless argument that went along the lines of: “It’s yellow!” “Red!” “Yellow!”). The funny thing was that we shared the same sort of syn: associative time>colour, grapheme>colour and spatial sequence. She also has music>movement. Syn is so fascinating to me, so if you wanna just come to my ask and ramble about it, go ahead. Like seriously, it would make my day :)
How does synesthesia affect you positively?: Um, it doesn’t really. I’m not a projector so there’s not very many visual things for me to enjoy… I just really love syn, and the idea of it, so having it is sorta a bonus for me. I actually have an excuse to obsess over it.
How does synesthesia affect you negatively?: Again, it doesn’t. It’s just a cool thing I can do. I think not being able to talk about it properly is sorta frustrating, but I can deal with that.
What type of syn would you like to have for a day?: Honestly? Probably sound>colour because despite the sensory overloads and problems it could cause, it just sounds really cool. I would also love to have my syn be projective rather than associative, that would be fun :)
How do you explain your syn to none-synnies: Like this: “There’s this thing called synesthesia and it means that your senses are crosswired so that when one sense is activated, so is another. So, some people can see sounds or taste words. I have it.” And then I go on to explain about my types of syn. Most people don’t really get it though. My friend Ellie is one of them, but the things she says are sort of amusing, so I don’t mind too much.
And that’s it I guess…