MirageOooh might beMon Mar 12, 2012 18:5718.104.22.168My mother never indicated she had the sort of sensations I do but it might not have occurred to her if she had it that she was unusual. I have actually been diagnosed with synesthesia, but I thought everyone was like that until I was in university. The doctor who diagnosed me said it probably was caused by having hypogylemic episodes as a small child, but maybe it came from my mother. Read an old interview of John Lennon once. He also thought everyone had mixed senses until he found out in his 30s. I consider it a blessing, because it helps me. It helps me tune an instrument because pitches have colors to me, and I don't have my mother's perfect pitch. I have only relative pitch. It helps me because my vision is poor. I do get headaches sometimes that I think may be caused by it. My synesthesia is considered moderate, but occasionally I get sort of overwhelmed and it seems like all my senses are firing at once. Very hard to explain but sometimes some of them are pleasant and some of them aren't, at the same time. I don't feel pain like my mother's but sometimes I get a mild headache or feel tired. Usually the sense I am mainly using predominates and others are softer, kind of like echoes, but I've heard that some people have it so intensely that they have difficulty separating. That must be much harder to live with. I've met one other person who had synesthesia, in a psych class I took. He only mixed two senses though. For me it varies.
Maybe your son will be the musically talented like John Lennon. :)
- Autistic children often experience... Frashavan, Mon Mar 12 18:11sense stimuli as pain, if it beyond their threshold level, or there is some other trigger. It could be something like that for your mom; a type of synesthesia
- Oooh might be Mirage, Mon Mar 12 18:57
- Re: Synesthesia MN_Morgan, Tue Mar 13 12:45I wonder if you can get paired sensations that are atypical from visual data too? Like with extremely abstract art. I've seen some designs that literally make my eyes and teeth itch and I wonder if... more
- Re: Synesthesia Mirage, Wed Mar 14 03:45Synesthesia perceptions aren't necessarily consistent between different people, but for the same person it tends to be consistent. For example, a lot of people with synesthesia perceive letters to be ... more
- Certain light patterns are know to trigger epilepsy ... BTW (nm) Baruch, Tue Mar 13 12:55
- I was referring more to still images MN_Morgan, Tue Mar 13 15:45It's only certain ones, and I can't quite pinpoint what about them actually triggers it.
- I hope neither of you put stock ... Baruch, Tue Mar 13 03:10in the idea, that these experiences of synesthesia etal, are abnormal, except in a statistical sense. In my pure empirical approach, there isn't a single reality, so if you see colors in addition to... more
- It's atypical, but not abnormal. Mirage, Tue Mar 13 06:08I forget most of the time that I have it. I've perceived things that way ever since I can remember. A friend of mine told me once it comes out in my poetry. It's not that rare, apparently.
- Does he have dyslexia too? Mirage, Mon Mar 12 19:08I do and have wondered if they are linked or commonly found together.
- It's a bit hard to say, yet Frashavan, Tue Mar 13 09:41he's still learning to read and write, so some letter reversals are normal. I have dyslexia/dysgraphia, but only have rare moments of synesthesia. (not that he and eye are genetically related, anyway)