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Old 04-24-2016, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County
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I have been seeing smells my whole life and never really talked about it because I assumed it was normal. Recently I mentioned something and my wife thought I was losing my mind. Thus I wasn't sure if this or the psych forum is appropriate.

When I smell something I don't technically see something but I get a vision in my head of a shape or even like an abstract drawing of something. The same smells always trigger the same picture vision whatever you call it in my mind. It's very hard to explain. But I could probably attempt to draw what I'm envisioning for each smell.

This came up recently when my house got skunked and I started describing to my wife the smell but in terms of the thing I saw in my brain and not the actual smell of the skunk. I was blown away that she thought I was crazy. Maybe I am? Has anyone ever heard of something like this. I'm 37 and remember being able to do this since I was a really young child.
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Old 04-24-2016, 02:27 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Mr. G., you are one in a thousand; you have synesthesia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia

http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-we...ike-to-have-it
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:38 AM
 
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Thank you for posting this ^^^. I have some mild forms of those (disturbed or upset by certain sounds, words/names "tasting" like something, and days of the week have colors.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:51 AM
 
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I know a man who sees musical notes as colors. He said before he learned how to work with the colors, he couldn't sing, (his grandpa tried to teach him but it was like he was tone deaf until the color thing clicked) but now he is a pretty darn good singer.
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:35 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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It's interesting and I had never heard of this before.

Yet, in reading the article, it said that many people had this ability when they were children but then lost it. That reminded me--when I was a kid I saw the days of the week in color. Saturday was pink, Sunday was yellow, Monday was red, Tuesday or Wednesday were green...Thursday was brown. Weird.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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It's interesting and I had never heard of this before.

Yet, in reading the article, it said that many people had this ability when they were children but then lost it. That reminded me--when I was a kid I saw the days of the week in color. Saturday was pink, Sunday was yellow, Monday was red, Tuesday or Wednesday were green...Thursday was brown. Weird.
Probably because you had days-of-the-week underwear, though there were never any brown panties in that little girl pack.
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