Synesthesia: What It's Like To Hear Colors

Synesthesia: What It's Like To Hear Colors

Senses being intertwined is pretty cool.

The idea of hearing sounds, tasting images, and feeling colors makes no sense to most people. As we reach the age of around three years old, our senses start to form clear boundaries against one another and they stop sharing the same space in our brain. For some people, like me, those boundaries never become very rigid. This is called a neurological condition called synesthesia: a “confusion of the senses.”

Scientists don’t have a very firm grasp on synesthesia yet. The scientific community does know that everyone experiences synesthesia at some level; for most people it’s very low. This is why everyone can understand “sharp cheddar” and “piercing sounds.”

There are many famous people who had or have synesthesia, particularly artists and musicians, such as Vincent van Gogh, Marilyn Monroe, and even composer Franz Lizst. Many famous artists and figures are what as known as “pseudo-synesthetes;” people who expressed a form of synesthesia in their art but do not actually have it. There is also a lot of speculation of past and present well known people who may have been synesthetes based on things they have said in their art or otherwise -- for example, Friedrich Nietzsche describes Shoepenhauer’s words as “green and black.” Many people with synesthesia involuntarily assign colors or personalities to words and numbers -- this kind of synesthesia is called ordinal linguistic personification. For example, I see the number eight as a woman who is sort of stuck up and vain.

There are two generally accepted umbrella forms of synesthesia: projective and associative. Projective is when one will actually see colors and hear sounds when their synesthesia is triggered; i.e., if a projective synesthete sees the color sage green, they may actually hear the sound of a water bottle cracking. Associative is when one feels a strong connection between the stimulus and the sense; like when I see green and blue plaid, I’m very much reminded of the smell of a park I went to as a child, but I don’t actually experience the smell.

There are several subcategories of synesthesia -- my mother and I both have spatio-temporal synesthesia, which is when one can see time as a spatial construct. It is thought that the most common type of synesthesia is chromesthesia, which is when sounds translate to colors. This is often where pseudo-synesthesia and speculated synesthesia for famous people comes into play, mostly in music and visual art.

While synesthesia is technically a neurological condition, most of us synesthetes do not view it as a hindrance to our lives, in fact, most of us feel blessed to have it, since it can be an aid to creative practices and memory. Many people with synesthesia do not know that our intertwining of the senses is unusual until we learn that the general population does not share these experiences.

If you have ever attached a color to a sound, or a taste to a physical sensation, I urge you to look further into synesthesia and consider the fact that you may have it. There are some books written on the topic, as well as some online resources. Becoming aware that one has synesthesia can be open a lot of doors, especially for artists and creatives.

(Statistics, facts, and general information on synesthesia paraphrased from the Wikipedia page on synesthesia.)

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22 Post Malone ‘beerbongs & bentleys’ Lyrics College Kids Will Use As Insta Captions This Summer

It's here, and it's fire.

If you didn't know, I am really not sure how you wouldn't know, but it's fine, Post Malone's new album FINALLY came out! Posty has time and time again proven that he's a trailblazer in the music industry. His genre is a mix of everything, from rap to acoustic guitar, and he sounds like he's at home in both settings.

Here it is, a list of Post Malone lyrics you'll use or see as Instagram captions. I can already feel it, this summer is Posty's summer –– a summer for "beerbongs & bentleys."

1. "Spoil My Night" - "Won't you come spoil my night?"

2. "Spoil My Night" - "Feelings come into play and I'm thinkin' this happens every time"

3. "Spoil My Night" - "Yeah, when I walk up in a party, they all act like they know me"

4. "Zack and Codeine" - "Been livin' fast, no I can't take it slowly"

5. "Zack and Codeine" - "But it don't mean nothing without all my people"

6. "Zack and Codeine" - "Pour that drink 'cause we ain't sleepin' tonight"

7. "Takin Shots" - "Heard that there's a party, I might pay a visit"

8. "Takin Shots" - "Baby, just for the night, you my soulmate"

9. "Over Now" - "I'ma turn the tables, promise you will not forget it"

10. "Stay" - "Damn, who are we right now?"

11. "Blame It On Me" - "These hurricanes inside of my brain"

12. "Same Bitches" - "Bottles on deck, and my drink full"

13. "Same Bitches" - "Population four million, how I see the same bitches?"

14. "Jonestown" - "It happens every time"

15. "92 Explorer" - "She in the front seat head bangin'"

16. "Sugar Wraith" - "And then I went and changed my life"

17. "Sugar Wraith" - "I take the lead, they just follow"

18. "Rockstar" - "Sayin, 'I'm with the band'"

19. "Rockstar" - "Livin’ like a Rockstar, I’m livin’ like a Rockstar"

20. "Rockstar" - "Sweeter than a Pop-Tart”

21. "Psycho" - "Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you"

22. "Psycho" - "I got homies, let it go"

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4 fabulous reasons why Jonathan of 'queer Eye' is fierce aF

"Fiercedom honey!"


Okay, I know that most of y'all have seen the Netflix series revival called "Queer Eye." If you haven't, what are you doing with your life?

It is one of the most uplifting, positive, feel-good series out there. The crew is filled with five incredible gay men who preside in Atlanta. These five men transform the lives of people who need help in every way possible to become the person they aspire to be. You have Antoni, the food and wine guy. Then you have Tan, the fashion/style guy. Then comes Karamo, the culture expert. We can't forget Bobby, the exceptional interior design guy. Finally, my favorite, Jonathan, who is the grooming guru. If you don't love him already, I'm going to give you some fabulous reasons why. Here we go honey!

1. His sass

Frankly, Jonathan is absolutely hilarious. His ability to come up with quick one-liners incorporates a sense of humor into the series that would be lacking if he was not there. He's not afraid to call out men and women with their issues. He is truly someone that I wish I was best friends with because I don't think I'd ever get tired of his sassiness.

2. His confidence

Jonathan is loud and proud, and there is something so admirable about that. He is not afraid of being completely himself; it's a lesson I think most of us still have to learn. He debuts sexy outfits, great hair and what shines the most: his personality. Every episode of "Queer Eye" that I watch lets me fall more and more in love with him.

3. His kindness

Jonathan never ceases to make people feel better about themselves. His never ending ability to compliment someone on the way they look or how they feel is what makes him so special. He's so sweet and encouraging of men and women to be their best and brightest selves by boosting their confidence.

4. His self-care

One of the key elements of the series where Jonathan specializes is self-care. One of my favorite quotes he's said is "It's not vanity, it's self care." Most of us, especially men, don't realize that taking care of yourself doesn't mean that you're on your way to becoming shallow. Taking a little bit of time out of your day, every day, is what helps us to promote better skin care, hair care and even soul care.

5. His quotes

Out of everyone on the show, Jonathan says the best statements. Everything he says is basically quote worthy, and I won't bombard you with tons of the tons of fantastic words that come out of his mouth. Honestly, watch the show; you'll want to say essentially every thing he does. Just trust me on this one.

Jonathan is and will continue to be one of the brightest stars on reality television. I truly hope that all of you one day will experience the Johnathaness that I have and use it in your daily lives. Because honey, you are gorgeous and deserve all of it.

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