Thursday, January 22, 2009


I've blogged a little bit before about an interesting condition I have called synthensia. Here's a wiki article on it.

I haven't given it a whole lot of thought because it's just the way I am. I suppose if anything, I was surprised other people didn't see letters and numbers and music in color and taste shapes. But I think it's fascinating the way our brains work and all the variations of that. So when I was reading one of my favorite blogs, ColourLovers, and saw this article on synthensia, I wanted to share it.

The blogger's experience is different than my own. I don't see colors as distinctly as she does. My are more like halos or glows, I guess. It's a bit hard to describe. And I couldn't map all of them out the way she does. What's interesting is that we see letters and numbers as different colors. For example, her color map actually hurts me to look at it, almost like fingernails on a chalkboard, because her colors aren't "right." They're not the colors I associate with those words and numbers and it creates this discord in my brain that is almost painful.

But I love how she, also a graphic designer, talks about how her condition affects her work. I've never really thought of it that way, other than knowing some colors just didn't work in certain situations. It was fascinating to me. And maybe to you too.


Sabrina L. Fox said...

Ah... funny we've never talked about this.

Tanner and I just considered ourselves a little weird in that we see things in different colors.

For instance one day we were at a restaurant and my husband asked why he always colored his sixes orange and he simply said because sixes are orange.

I looked at him and asked what he meant. I never told him that I see numbers and letters in colors. So then on the way home we were having so much fun weirding dad out. What color are your fives? Threes are green for me. How about you? LOL.

Oh, and the state Ohio is blue for both of us. You case you were wondering. :)

Jennifer Tiszai said...

Oh my gosh! That is so wild! I can see we're going to have fun with this. I don't think I've ever known anyone else that had it. Or maybe it's just because we never think to talk about it because that's just the way it is for us.