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Songs are colors.  For example, One Step Closer by Linkin Park is a green song, while In the End is more of a dark maroonish.  Crawling by Linkin Park is yellow.  Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones is kind of a pale blue.  Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles is also blue, but bright blue with silver flecks.  Certain classes of musical instruments are also colors.  Brass tends to be red, while strings tend to be green.  Percussion is yellow, woodwinds are brown, and electric guitars are fire-engine red.  Despite that, a song that is almost completely strings can sound red.

People are colors and shapes.  My friend Billy is kind of a blobby lime green.  Zuko is orange with a dynamic shape.  Katara is blue with spikes of red.  Aang is kind of a blue-grey with a smooth texture.  The Doctor (Doctor Who) has a different color for each regeneration.  The Tenth Doctor (Tennant) is blue, the Ninth Doctor (Eccleston) is black, McGann's Doctor is electric blue.  Tom Baker's Doctor is bright red and brown.  Gregory House is raw-flesh red with flecks of ice blue.  Lisa Cuddy on the other hand has more texture than color--she's a very spiked ball.  Stacy Warner is just a smooth blobby grey.  BanishedPrince, you are a red with black ribbons.  Heartsyhawk is more yellow.  Ichigo Kurosaki is very orange, Rukia is kind of a dark blue, Kon just needs to get stabbed (oh, but he's a puke green)

Some smells have color.  Cinnamon is kind of orange.  Wood lock oil is more of a relaxing yellow-orange.  (it's my favorite smell)  Wasabi is kind of a bright green, more like grass green, with little yellow capsules.

Colors and sounds also can be punctuation marks.  A bright color is an ! as well as a loud or startled sound.  I tend to like ! colors more.  ? colors are ones that are kind of muted versions of ! colors.  Colors  that show as . colors are neutral colors, like the ones on the DeviantArt stuff.  Black is a ... color, and white is more of a ...? to me for some reason.  Flat grey is more of a perpetual non-punctuated color.  It bores me.

When I read, I can hear a thought-voice speaking the words.  When I talk, I get a thought-page typing it (usually on a typewriter).  That's why I hate reading in public places; the two sets of words/voices get mixed up.

Concepts and emotions also have color.  Honor is gold, courage is red, cowardice is a wastewater brown, loneliness is blue (the blue on the first Avatar t-shirt with chibis), hate is spiky red-orange, determination is purple, and happiness is sky blue.  Hope is yellow (though that might be Digimon influenced), power is red, despair is black, wisdom is brown, sadness is a dark blue, envy is dark purple, bitterness is orange, and vengeance is dark red.  Romantic love can be either blue (deep love) or red (superficial love).  Family love is the color of a hug.  That can either be a relaxing brown or a blue.  Arrogance is bright yellow and at the same time green.

It's not that I see auras, because generally I can't tell a person's color until after I know them fairly well, but I do get first impressions.  I don't get along well with people who's first color is tan or yellow.  That's mostly jocks, preps, and redknecks.  (that was blunt, and I'm sorry)  People whose colors end up as yellow or tan are okay for some reason, but not if they have a strong yellow or tan at first.  I also don't make friends easily with people who have initial colors of dark blue, purple, or red.  These people are usually goths.  If someone I have just met is a green, for example, then I find out they're a perv, their color instantly switches to the color of sewage and they lose a few points.  I also don't get along well with pink people.  Ty Lee's "color", oddly enough, is not pink.  It's white.

Zutarans are generally orange, Kataangians are canary yellow, Maiko shippers are dark red, and Sukkans are green.

People can have outer colors and inner colors.  The girl down the street is a pink and orange (which is one reason I don't get along with her well), but her inner color is more of a navy blue.  (also why I don't get along with her).  Inner colors show more often in dramatic/deep moments, when they think no one is watching them or when they've come to tears about something.  Or sometimes when they're in "diary mode", when they divulge their secrets to everyone.

And obviously I can't see my own color due to the fact that it's like being a judge in a contest you're participating in--I'm kinda biased.
Here's to hoping that you'll be able to understand my thought processes a little more. Synesthesia is when someone gets their senses mingled.
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember being told by a friend of mine that my aura was yellow with a little bit of brown in it, while Snuffles' (my teddy bear) aura is pure yellow.
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totallytwee Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
This was a lot of fun to read about! I actually wrote a report on synesthesia last year, and ever since then I've enjoyed hearing experiences from actual synesthetes.

Just a question, do you physically see these colors and textures, or does your mind associate them to the words and sounds you experience? Ever since I was younger, I have always identified colors with words, songs, and concepts, but I haven't ever tangibly seen, say, blue whenever I listen to a certain song.

Anyways, thanks for sharing this, your description was very interesting!
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castle444 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is so weird, because my story is SO similar! I did a report on synesthesia and always identified with it, but I didn't think that I had synesthesia because I don't SEE any colours, they are just SO ENGRAINED!! Then I read this:

Projectors and Associators are proposed forms of synesthesia that describe how you experience your synesthetic percept. If you are classified as an 'Associator', it means that your synesthetic associations (like colored letters, for example) are experienced in your mind's eye. When shown text on a page, Associators know that each letter has a color, but they don't actually see color on the page. If you are a 'Projector', it means that you physically see the color projected onto the page in front of you

So, there you go! I love the blog a-synesthetic-world.tumblr.com
There is a strong community of synesthetes, associater & projector!
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Not exactly tangible with the colors, more like the way you get mental images, but my tongue sometimes feels the textures in question, albeit very lightly.
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hamto Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Student General Artist
i think that this is very interesting i love watching avatar and i just finished reading a mango shaped space, it is a book about a girl with synesthesia
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silvermoonlight13 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
You have Synesthesia also?
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KalliaModel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
My boyfriend has Auditory Synesthesia. He hears songs, like you, and sees colors and shapes inside of his head. His are constantly ever changing though, and different instruments produce different sounds, textures, etc.

I have spatial-sequence synesthesia. Not quite as intense.

Is this a type of Synesthesia or just something you noticed about yourself... because you described this perfectly, I get both of these too!
"When I read, I can hear a thought-voice speaking the words. When I talk, I get a thought-page typing it (usually on a typewriter). That's why I hate reading in public places; the two sets of words/voices get mixed up."

My boyfriend hates the color yellow because of its relation to his Synesthesia... some brass instruments and abrasive noises are most often yellow and orange.
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I find it interesting how people have different colors for the same thing--brass instruments are usually red (though not necessarily the songs they are the primary instruments in). As for noises in general, they don't have vivid colors, but usually punctuation.

I just noticed it one day, but didn't know it was unique until it was on House. I thought everyone had some sort of associations like that.
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DragonAnima Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
You have all of these? I only have emotions.
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psycho-Vinos Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Seems pretty cool :) The Wikipedia article didn't have much info, so this is great!
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grey-daydreams Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
Sometimes I think I have something like this, but only where people are colors in my head, and so are songs, emotions, and feelings.
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Raindroplover Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
Interesting to read :) I have other types of synesthesia. I don't often associate senses with colours, but I do understand how you experience them.
Do you associate anything else with sounds?
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Materials sometimes. For example, some versions of the Doctor Who theme song (the Sylvester McCoy version) sounds tingly, while the Paul McGann version they use in the Big Finish audios sounds crystalline.

Sometimes smells--some songs sound like crisp clear air rushing by the face, fresher than any air I've ever smelled.
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Ive-got-soul Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
I have a minor case I guess... Listening to music, each instrament gets a color depending on what it is and sometimes pitch.
Everyday sounds get a color too which can get annoying if I don't block it out. Like, I HATE sirens because it's extremely white to the point where I can't concentrate (might be bad when I start driving...)

Makes music very interesting though. I'm glad I have it really. :D
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
For me, sirens are spiky noises. Fascinating to share in this!
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Ive-got-soul Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
:D I know I love talking and seeing what other people see or whatever.
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castle444 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I know! My family don't really believe I have synesthesia, so I love talking about it with real synesthetes that understand!
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bellsflorals Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, this is so cool. I just came across synesthesia recently online and I just love it, it's so fascinating. When I reach my final year (which is light years away :XD:) I'm so going to make it my thesis. I'm a Psychology student, by the way.
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah! Good luck and I hope to read this thesis!
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bellsflorals Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:) Thanks! Hopefully, I get to make it.
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bellsflorals Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I did some sort of essay a few days ago. It was my application for a school paper. I thought you might like to know. If not, well, just ignore. :) As it is, I can't make a thesis paper yet.
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icecream-headache Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
thank you :heart:
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
^^;
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icecream-headache Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
ahaha :blushes:
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MahouTragicQueen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
That is very interesting. I never heard of a people/color association colors with synesthesia before. Thank you for sharing your story.
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem.
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WordsThatRhyme Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
I love hearing about synesthesia through the synesthete's mind. It's cool how you can just sense that someone might not be so cool to hang out with just by the colors you see.

Thanks for sharing with me.
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Sometimes a mere picture is enough to trigger something--the new actor for playing the Doctor (on Doctor Who) instantly triggers an ice-blue response. And I've only seen two pictures of him.
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Mew-Mew-Haraku Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Wow, I wAS Just reading about this!! I wish I could experience something like this.....Does it affect you in any other ways? Have you every said, after taking a breath of cold air, "The air smells cold?"
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes! And sometimes the wind howling outside feels cold, too (when I'm not exposed to it). The sound of cicadas is hot. Though that's more an association thing.

I thought that was common, so I didn't mention that up there. ^^;

And the smell of perfumes taste bad. Some smells/sensations create a slight feeling of delirium or illness. Hard to pinpoint which ones, though.
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Mew-Mew-Haraku Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
Wow that is wicked cool!! I was reading a book and it told me about synesthesia, and i didnt know it was real untill i looked online. Does it get anoying at some times?
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WordsThatRhyme Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Which book were you reading? I found out about it through A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass, and I thought it was something the author created, until I read the last page of the book that said it was real. Then I looked it up online, fell in love, wrote a research paper over it, and have been fascinated ever since.

I love it. I wish I was a synesthete.
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Mew-Mew-Haraku Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Oh so ur not really? The book was, "The name of this book is secret" itsa good read lol
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Not really, it just provides intriguing options for artistic interpretation XD LOL
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rose-angel18 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
To be blunt, you're my hero.
:)
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:blush:

For having my lobes intertwined? Thanks!
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rose-angel18 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
Uhm, sure? Ok?
I just really loved what you wrote.
:)
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL
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rose-angel18 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
Do you have synesthesia? I'm going to assume so. (Gosh, I ask such stupid questions sometimes!)
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
And your assumption would be correct!
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rose-angel18 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
YES!! You are amazing!! Would it be alright if I asked you a few questions?
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darksporechild Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Feel free!
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