My brother teases me about my syn and makes a huge deal about it (he constantly tells people that I have a "psycho problem", and I'm pretty sure my parents don't believe me. Do you have any advice about how I can get my brother to stop it or get my parents to believe me?
This isn’t a miracle formula, but I guess this is the most rational way:
- Be friends with the people you want to “confess” to. If you tell a stranger about you seeing sounds and whatnot they’ll think you’re crazy or lying, so relationships are important.
- Do it in a relaxed moment. Lots of people don’t know what synesthesia is, so they’re gonna have to process a lot of stuff.
- Tell them about famous synesthetes. You can tell them that Marilyn Monroe had synesthesia (sound-color). Lots of people know who she is, so a simple fact like that can make people interested in it. (Isn’t it awesome, being related to somebody famous?). If you wanna spark the dialogue a bit more, mention Lady Gaga or Kanye West.
- Share your experiences. Tell them about that concert you went with them the other day and what you experience.
- Tell them the 7 ate 9 joke. I know some of you hate that joke, but you can use synesthesia to explain it a bit more.
If you have to tell your parents or adults, basically, you can show them this:
It’s the national psychology magazine of the U.S. and the magazine has a synesthesia blog called “Tasting the Universe”, run by (personal friend of mine) Maureen Seaberg (fellow synnie). Most Fridays she posts an article about synesthesia, and she also interviewed me because of my blog. The title of my article is “A Caribbean Synesthete Blogger Finds Community”.
There is another page that contains a list of famous synnies or possible synnies (longer than the one on Wikipedia) that name and describes their synesthesia. Here it is: Incorrect Pleasures: Famous synaesthetes or possible synesthetes: a list of amazing people with references.
If you have music-color syn, you can show them this scene from the movie The Soloist: The.Soloist-Cut A Beautiful Play Of Colors With Music Beethoven`s.wmv
Here is a TED talk (read genius meeting) about neurological phenomenons, including synesthesia VS Ramachandran on your mind | Video on TED.com (He talks of 6, and synesthesia is the last one).