Your types of synesthesia: Sound (music) -> color, mirror-touch, and ticker tape.
When and how did you find out about your synesthesia? It took having a friend with synesthesia in college, and realizing that the way my brain works isn’t what’s typical or how most people process the world. I had noticed these quirks before, such as associating very vivid colors with certain songs (“The Scientist” by Coldplay being pale green was one of the first I consciously recognized) or not being able to watch surgery scenes in TV shows because I experienced sympathy pains, but I didn’t know a word for it.
How does synesthesia affect you in a positive light? It makes me feel unique, and it makes listening to music a very colorful experience. It also makes it easier for me to remember how to spell words.
How does synesthesia affect you in a negative light? It is so rare and hard to believe, I constantly worry that people will think I am lying or try “testing” me to prove it to themselves. (Did I mention I also suffer from generalized anxiety, and second-guessing everything I believe about myself or assuming that people will doubt what I say is something I do all the time?) Plus, it can be really hard to talk to someone and text at the same time. Too many letters!
What type of synesthesia would you love to have for a day? I am fine with the kinds I have. Much more would be sensory overload. But idk, I guess taste -> color would be fun.
How do you explain your synesthesia to non-synnies? It’s like my brain is wired funny, and it automatically associates certain colors with certain songs without me consciously telling it to. I dunno, I haven’t really had to explain it to many people. They either pick up the concept really quickly, or they have another friend with synesthesia who explained it to them before I could.