Melody: detective by day and rp helper by always. I also make terrible graphics, so I wouldn't ask for any if I were you.
To put it simply, Synesthesia is a neurological condition where senses unite. People who have Synesthesia, or known as Synesthetese, are very rare and are all very different from one another as are the various forms of Synesthesia.
One thing you should know and remember for a Synesthetic character: Synesthesia is not a superpower. You can’t use Synesthesia to battle evil or to create evil, just because their senses are crossed together doesn’t make them that different from anyone else. In fact, most Synesthetese don’t even know they’re different from anyone else until they tell someone else and the person tells them they’re different. So let’s get on the the forms of Synesthesia:
Graphem → Color Synethesia: In one of the most common forms of Synesthesia, individual letters and numbers have a color to them, whether it’s just the tiniest almost unrecognizable splurge of color or very defined, it’s still there. From person to person, people don’t usually have the same color for all letters and numbers. Some people have said that this has helped them in spelling words, fitting color with color to spell correctly.
Number Form Synesthesia: I don’t really understand this form of Synesthesia, but I’ll try the best I can: A number form is a mental map of numbers, which happens involuntarily whenever a person with this form thinks of numbers.
Spacial Sequence Synesthesia: A special form of Synesthesia, people tend to see all numerical sequences they come across as points in space. Like 1 could be farther and 2 could be closer. It’s been studied and showed that people with SSS have superior memories, and in far greater detail than people without the condition.
Auditory → tactile Synesthesia: There’s not much information on this rare form of the condition, but basically what it is is certain sounds can induce sensations in parts of the body.
Mirror Touch Synesthesia: Mirror touch Synesthesia is very similar to empathy, but instead of feeling other people’s feelings, you feel physical touch, which means they can basically feel they’re being touched when it’s actually someone else (take Claudia and Steve in season 4 of Warehouse 13, excluding the whole artifact thing), or actually feel the pain of others when they see them get hurt. This is another rare form of Synesthesia.
Sound → Color Synesthesia: Also known as Chromesthesia, Sound to Color Synesthesia can be simulated by any sound: Voice, music, the clashing of dishes, the background noises, and any sort of noise triggers colors, fireworks and shapes appear until the sound fades away. People with the condition rarely agree on what color are given sounds, but one thing they can agree that loud tones are brighter than soft tones, and that lower tones are darker than higher tones.
Lexical → Gustatory Synesthesia: individual words, and the phonemes of spoken languages evoke taste sensation in the mouth.
Personification: Ordinal-linguistic personification (OLP) is a form in which ordered sequences, ordinal numbers, days, months and letters are associated with personalities. For example, 15 is ambivalent, and T’s are crabby and ungenerous.
So now to some ideas on how to play a Synesthetic character:
- You’re character could be secluded from the world, as large crowds give them headaches because there are a loud of sounds and therefor, a lot of colors.
- In the book Ultraviolet by R.J Anderson, the main character, Alison, is very secluded, and seems to look like she thinks like she’s better than everyone else, and although that’s not how all Synesthetes are, they could know about how different they are and think that it makes them special.
- You’re character could have headaches, but instead of keeping to themselves, they could push through the pain even though it hurts them. Also, people usually pass out from bad headaches, so you could have your character prone to such.
- One thing that I’ve read about many Synesthetes is their inability to be good in Math because the colors of the numbers don’t go with each other and their distracted, so that’s an aspect you could add to your character.
- And there are literally tons more ways you could play your character, like I said, most Synesthetes are quite normal and lead pretty mundane lives.PS: I am not Synesthetic and I had no intentions of offending anyone who is in this guide.
if you want to read more in depth on these conditions here’s a link [x] to Wikipedia, where I’ve basically taken bits and pieces of there and other information sites to make this guide. Also, if you would like to read a book where the main character is Synesthetic, I would suggest Ultraviolet by R.J Anderson.