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synesthesia
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synesthesia
i thought there was already a topic about synesthesia, but obviously i was wrong...

for those who don't know what it means: synesthesia means that a person perceives their surroundings in more than one way - for instance, numbers and letters may be connected to colors, they may "see" music,...

as always, wikipedia has a lot more info: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia</a><!-- m -->

some people claim that synesthesia is the reason why some people see auras: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.news-medical.net/?id=5619">http://www.news-medical.net/?id=5619</a><!-- m -->

also, there is a research platform online that might be interesting if you are a synesthete: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.synesthete.org/">http://www.synesthete.org/</a><!-- m -->

i wonder how many otherkin are synesthetes, perhaps there is a connection between those phenomena? what do you think?

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2008-12-22 16:47
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Re: synesthesia
I think it's a great AFI song...oh you mean the phenomenon <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- sTongue --> I think it's very interesting. I haven't really come across any synesthetes 'kin or not. If I have I didn't know it. I'm pretty sure I'm not one, unless perceiving how things look in your mind's eye counts.

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2008-12-22 16:52
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I have an online friend who is one. She's also elven kin. She believes it does help with her developing psychic skills.

I can 'translate' information from one sense to another when asked, but I don't do it automatically. I don't 'see' auras, but if you were to ask me to describe one, I would probably talk about colors and textures. So I can sense them, but I don't automatically process the information. I have to think about it.

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2008-12-22 18:11
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I'm one, I guess. It's sound for me, mostly. It's really kind of neat to "see" the music.

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2008-12-22 18:22
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Motley Wrote:I can 'translate' information from one sense to another when asked, but I don't do it automatically.

This is us, usually. Our sixth sense gets automatically translated into something else, usually touch.

We've wondered if our perceptions regarding touch are enough to be called synaesthesia. We don't literally feel a touch, but emotion and thought also tend to work themselves out in the internal-feel that we associate with textures, consistencies, pressures, all the things we perceive with touch and mouth-feel.

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2008-12-22 18:50
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I do not know really.. I mean... music has a "weight" to me, flavors come in colours and abstracts concepts, scents in abstract concepts and colours and weight and so on.... but I thought I was rather "normal"

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2008-12-22 23:13
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In my opinion a "sixth sense" is not synesthesia. It's synesthesia when the information received from one sense is interpreted by the brain as coming from another.

In minor degrees it's relatively common, and I remember reading some research a while ago that connected it to dyslexia. I'm not seeing a spiritual, magical, or paranormal aspect to it at all.

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2008-12-22 23:58
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Archer Wrote:In my opinion a "sixth sense" is not synesthesia. It's synesthesia when the information received from one sense is interpreted by the brain as coming from another.

The sixth sense is a sense. We lumped our experiences of it in with what Motley said, because we don't consider its translation into sensations of other senses to be synaesthesia either. The brain doesn't seem to have a unique way to deal with that sense, so it auto-translates.

If there were a set way of experiencing it, different from the way that other senses present themselves, then we'd call it synaesthesia if a person still experienced it in sights, sounds, etc.

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2008-12-23 0:12
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I am unsure of whether or not I am synesthetic. Many things that I see, taste and touch are accompanied by semi-musical sounds that I may or may not hallucinate, but that do have a noticable correspondence and order that seems to belong to specific objects, etc. I once told Vantalus that he sounded like a half-full carton of orange juice being shaken, which he did (or so I thought).

I have wondered if this is related to my having poor eyesight. My hearing is exceptional and it may be possible that any synesthesia is sending me "backup" signals in the form of audio feedback, to compensate for being unable to see normally.
However, since the sounds also come with taste and touch, it's possible that I'm just wrong about that.

I'm not sure if this would ever really be considered synesthesia, which seems to be a predominantly sight-related phenomenon.

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2008-12-23 5:26
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Malakoi Wrote:I'm not sure if this would ever really be considered synesthesia, which seems to be a predominantly sight-related phenomenon.

not always. check out the synesthete website i linked, they have nice tests in many combinations.

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2008-12-23 11:49
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