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Spatial Sequence Synesthesia

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On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words.

Joshua and I both have it; Mr. FG and the girls don’t appear to.

What IS it?

Basically, people with this kind of synesthesia visualize things like numbers, years in history, days of the week, months of the year.

So, for instance, when I think about the months of the year, they appear on sort of a racetrack shape in my head, and when I think of certain events, I place them at the appropriate point on the track.

(You can see my track on the top right in this photo.)

spatial sequence synesthesia

Anyway, yesterday Joshua and I were drawing diagrams of our mental pictures for each other.   His are almost all linear, whereas mine have quite a few circles.

His days of the week pattern (top left) cracks me up.   Mine’s all a straight line and his has got all sorts of peaks and valleys (he says the valleys are for days he doesn’t like as well.)

I used to think everyone visualized things in their head, and was very surprised when I learned, a while back, that that’s not the case.

(Related: I also used to think everyone sneezed in the sunshine, but then I met Mr. FG and was enlightened!)

I really can’t imagine trying to function without my mental pictures…it helps me with math, remembering my daily and weekly tasks, and remembering dates and events in history.

But to someone without this kind of synesthesia, I know this all sounds kind of crazy.

Brains are just such interesting things, aren’t they??


So, now I’m curious.   Do any of you have spatial synesthesia?   Joshua and I would love to hear about it!

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