3/15 vs. 3/17

No, this is not a number war. It’s another synesthesia post. (The header image has nothing to do with this except spring and similar colors. You’ll see what I mean.)

As some of you may know, I have synesthesia. You can start learning more about it through this link, but in a nutshell, it’s when one sense (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, concept) overlaps with another sense. I have a few types, but for this post, I want to talk about my grapheme-color synesthesia.

For this type of synesthesia, letters and numbers have color. For me specifically, they are associated, means they occur in my mind’s eye and not projected in front of me in the real world.

As you might have guessed by now, I specifically want to talk about the difference between the numbers 15 and 17. For me, this is (approximately) how they look.

15       17

As you can see, the 5 is green. You know what March holiday has a lot of green in it? Mhm. St. Patrick’s Day.  Guess when I always thought St. Patrick’s Day was? Yep. March 15th. It wasn’t until sometime during high school that I discovered it was March 17th, a distinctly red date. Even now I continue to think St. Patrick’s Day falls on March 15th, and I always have to correct myself afterward.

So that’s my little syn story, and I’m sticking to it.  Do any of you have synesthesia, and has anything like this happened to you? Oh, and for those of you who are curious, 3 is yellow, kind of like this.




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