I didn’t mention Synaesthesia in the About page because I don’t consider it to be a problem. I love my Synaesthesia. The beautiful colours make life much more exciting.

Synaesthesia is a joining of the senses caused by extra neuron connectors in the brain. Any combination of all five senses is possible, although to have all five crossed is unusual. A few people smell sounds or taste names! Some people say that synaesthesia is very rare, while others reckon that probably 1 in every 20 people (5% of the population) have some kind of synaesthesia.

I prefer the idea that Synaesthesia is quite common. Why else would we have “hot” and “cold” colours and “high” and “low” sounds?

It would be interesting to see how many people with learning differences also have Synaesthesia.



There are two types of Synaesthetes (people with Synaesthesia): Associators and Projectors.

Associators experience Synaesthesia in their mind’s eye, while Projectors experience Synaesthesia in their actual field of vision.



My synaesthesia

A lot of my synaesthesia seems to be to do with sound. Camilla Leslie, the Johansen IAS therapist who corrected my hearing, suggested that my brain developed this way to compensate for my hearing disadvantage. Sounds have colours, shapes, textures, tactile sensations, densities and movement. To me, music is like a living thing.

Letters and numbers have colours. A few of them have other associations such as a personality and gender. Number 5 is fire-engine red with the personality of an outgoing five-year-old boy.

Sometimes smells have a little colour too, and I “hear” sounds when things move silently (for example: someone waving) and when I focus my vision on objects.

All of this Synaesthesia is Associating. I see and hear it in my mind’s eye.


I also have Projecting Synaesthesia.

Sometimes I see colours in my actual field of vision. Particularly around people. This is known as “Emotional synaesthesia” and going by what the internet’s told me, is caused by me picking up subconsciously how people feel and my brain projecting it into reality in a visual form. If someone’s in a bad mood they sometimes have a dark storm cloud of colour above their head. When someone’s really happy, their colours glow really bright. From what I’ve seen, everyone’s colours are different. I’ve got lots of turquoise, which might explain why it’s my favourite colour.

I also see colours around animals, plants and objects. But people’s colours are the most interesting to look at. Some days I see lots of colours and other days I see none. It varies.


What’s for certain is that my brain wiring probably looks like Spaghetti Junction.


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