Have I ever mentioned that I’m a synesthete?
People who have synesthesia experience a sort of “mixing” of the senses. For instance, one synesthete might see the color green whenever he hears a harpsichord. Another might smell apple pie whenever she touches velvet. Sounds strange, I know…but I’m not making this up.
For me, every letter and number has a specific color. The letter A is yellow, the letter B is pink, the letter C is dark blue, and so forth. This form of synesthesia — “grapheme-color synesthesia” is what Wikipedia calls it, though I’ve seen other names for it — is one of the most common.
Because my letters and numbers have colors, any sequence of letters and/or numbers appears to me as a string of colors. One big benefit to this is that the colors help me recall things like passwords, phone numbers and zip codes quite easily.
And, as I’m sure you can imagine, having synesthesia adds a whole new dimension of fun to baby names. :) It even influences how I feel about certain names; I tend to like names containing complimentary hues a bit more than names with chaotic or imbalanced color-schemes.
For those of you with this same type of synesthesia: Do you like certain given names more (or less) because of it? Have you ever used your synesthesia to help pick out names for children (or for pets)?