In the same class in which we talked about sensory distortions and depersonalization; we discussed the phenomenon of synesthesia. Synesthesia is a type of sensory distortion, but it is not pathological like many other sensory distortions. It can be explained as a neurological condition in which input meant to stimulate one of your senses, stimulate more of your senses. For example, if you listen to music, there is a colour popping up in your head, or if you eat, there is a specific shape you see (square, circle, triangle). Individuals experiencing synesthesia are usually born with it or have developed it in an early stage of life, but it could be developed in a later stage.
We have several types of synesthesia with diverse symptoms. In grapheme-colour synesthesia, the individual connects letters and days of the week with colours, in sound-to-colour synesthesia, the individual connects specific sounds to a specific colour or the one I have, personality-colour synesthesia, I connect different figures in my life to colours, for example, my brother is yellow, mom and dad are red (don’t know why). There are some common symptoms in all of these synesthesia’s, it is common to experience involuntary perceptions that cross over between senses, sensory triggers that consistently cause interplay between sense and the ability to describe it to other individuals.
Browne, D. (2018, 10 24). What is synesthesia? Retrieved from Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/synesthesia
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