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farview Wed 05-Sep-18 19:55:30

Apparently there's a name for it...I thought it was just me that sees days of the week in colour, always have...and sometimes numbers...it was when I was chatting to a friend's daughter and the subject came up somehow that she told me it had a name...is it common... anyone on GN have this....

JudyJudy12 Wed 05-Sep-18 20:09:14

Yes, I didnt realise that other people see days as colours too. I am going to research it now, very interesting, thank you.

fivegee Wed 05-Sep-18 20:16:38

Yes me too. Monday's brown, Tuesday's blue, Wednesday white, Thursday blue, Friday brown, Saturday red. Only one I can't decide on is Sunday.

farview Wed 05-Sep-18 20:53:19

Oh Sundays silver..smile

JudyJudy12 Wed 05-Sep-18 22:54:11

synesthesia.com
I have just completed the test on here, I am a Synesthete.

MissAdventure Wed 05-Sep-18 22:58:32

Oh I've never heard of it. How interesting!
There was a thread a while back about whether people can picture what they're talking about.
Some people can't. I didn't know that, either.

Jalima1108 Wed 05-Sep-18 23:06:40

One of the recent books from the GN book club was on this very subject.

I don't know if you have read it, farview - it was called
The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder.
I think it was the book for May of this year.

Bathsheba Thu 06-Sep-18 00:01:57

Yes another one here. I learnt about the name synesthesia some years ago and was fascinated with all its different manifestations. For me it’s seeing abstract things in colour, also shapes. So for example a pain can be round and smooth, or long and jagged. It can also have a colour. I’ve often smiled to myself imagining answering that common GP question, “can you describe the pain?”, with my sunesthetic description - “yes, it’s purple and sort of triangular shaped” grin

BlueBelle Thu 06-Sep-18 05:32:23

Isn’t it called imagination ?

NanKate Thu 06-Sep-18 06:42:36

Yes a couple of years back I put on GN that I see the year as an elipse shape (sideway egg). We are in September so we are bottom right and then will start moving up to October. December is at the top. So if I think about last Easter that is now to the left of me starting to move up a bit as it was in March I think.

The days of the week are just a straight line and no colours.

The number 5 is female the no 6 is male.

I must go I can hear the men in white coats knocking at the door, 🙃

DanniRae Thu 06-Sep-18 08:23:20

I have always seen peoples first names in colour.
For example: Margaret is pale blue - Natalie is brown - Jennifer is red - Christine is green.
I have never discussed this before but just felt it was normal because it has always been so for me.
I suppose I have synesthesia too? shock

harrigran Thu 06-Sep-18 08:25:57

I believe we had a thread about this a few weeks ago. My GD has this but I don't think anyone else in the family has it.
She is very artistic and initially thought that it was the artists eye that was seeing the colours.

Bathsheba Thu 06-Sep-18 10:49:22

No BlueBelle, it's not the same as imagination. Synesthesia is a kind of overlap of the senses, so that in some cases people perceive abstract things, like numbers, days of the week and so on, in colour. Others will have a smell, or a flavour associated with them, so that Friday smells of apples, or January tastes of peppermint. Other examples are that some synesthetes will hear a sound when they touch or smell something. And the interesting thing is that whatever association exists it is permanent, so that when I was a child the name Rachel was a grass green colour, and it still is. This doesn't change. Wednesdays are dark red, always have been.

Bathsheba Thu 06-Sep-18 10:52:24

Oh and the permanence is such that if I forget someone's name, more often than not I'll know what colour their name is. So if I remember that someone's name is light blue, he is likely to be Colin, Neil, or Nicholas, but definitely not James (purple) or Matthew (red) smile

JackyB Thu 06-Sep-18 11:57:11

C major is bright red, D minor is calming green. E flat is pucey pink...

Immy Wed 21-Nov-18 14:04:00

Hi everyone! My name is Immy and I am a Radio Production student at UWE in Bristol. I would love to interview someone with synesthesia for a short documentary that I am making.

I am ideally looking for someone who can sees colours when they hear music or sounds - does this sound like something familiar to you?

If you can help me please do get in touch - I can't tell you how much I would appreciate your help.

Feel free to send me an email to [email protected]

Looking forward to hearing about your experiences!

Immy

EllanVannin Wed 21-Nov-18 14:22:48

I'd look at Sunday as being yellow.( word/colour association )as in psychoanalysis.

Meijia Fri 11-Oct-19 20:34:14

Hello everyone!
I am an animation student and I'm planning to visualise and bring awareness of synesthesia to the public through an abstract animation! I was inspired to research synesthesia because my partner can taste food in shapes. (Here is an example of when I once asked him to draw out the shapes of two different flavours of pizza!)

I am looking for someone who has food-related synesthesia! You don't necessarily have to taste shapes, it can be colours, or sounds, etc...

Feel free to send me an email to [email protected] ,
and we can talk more! I will of course credit you in my paper (unless you wish to remain anonymous).

Hope to hear from you soon!

Mei

BBbevan Fri 11-Oct-19 21:27:14

I do it too. Tuesday is yellow, Thursday purple and Saturday brown. Sometimes Monday is red and sometimes green
. I don't know if there is any significance in the colours but the courts for those days have even with me since a child.

Ashie Wed 06-Nov-19 04:09:55

Hi! I experience something along these lines, but rather colours I experience emotions as shapes. Could this be a type of synesthesia? I sometimes experience feelings like a parallelogram or an irregular triangle or a rectangle. The feelings/emotions are very heightened and the shapes most often than not have obtuse angles. The emotions are sometimes stress related especially if I am scared or nervous or worried. Anyone else experience this? Or has come across this before? Any advice or help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!