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Dear Dish-it: Is There Something Wrong With Me?

Dec 14, 2012

Dear Dish-it,

All my life, I’ve associated colors with everything: words, numbers, people, places. I always thought it was normal, like everyone did that. But when I talked to my friends and parents about that, they didn’t understand. Is there something wrong with my brain?

Color Freak

Dear Color Freak,

First of all, you’re not a freak at all. There’s nothing wrong with you. What you likely have is called synesthesia. While there are over 60 different types of synesthesia, yours is one of the most common. It’s called Grapheme Color Synesthesia. Those with this condition tend to associate colors with letters and numbers.

Color Association

Everyone who has this will have different associations. For example, to you the letter “A” might be red, while someone else might see it as blue. You might look at the number “2” as pink while others see it as green. Oftentimes, people will also associate colors with sounds and textures.

You're Normal

Just know that this does not make you weird. Nor does it make you unhealthy. While we call this a “condition,” it’s really nothing to be concerned about. All it does is make your life a little more colorful!

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bffeaea
bffeaea posted in Friends:
I don't know you and I'm not exactly sure how you act, but being friendly is definitely the way to go. Don't change yourself for ANYBODY. Especially someone who you don't need to impress. Speaking of impressing, don't try, do. If you are telling a story and that happens to impress them than that's great! But don't go out of your way to try to make yourself look awesome because I'm sure you already are. Be yourself. But the most important thug now you can do is not try to make a million friends. Because personally I would rather have one AWESOME friend than a million ok friends. I hope this helped. :)
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HoneyHamstern
HoneyHamstern posted in Friends:
Be yourself and most important of all, be kind. You will get great friends by doing so. Being popular doesn't always mean being nice; sometimes people tend to be rude and bossy to be "popular" and that isn't good. But if you participate or even start a group at school, at the library or somewhere important in the community (community service like the Rotary Club is a good way to start for kids and teens) can be a great way to meet friends and share your happiness.
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esthery27
"f3rr3tgal" wrote:dear dish-it,        I absolutely love my family but... my dad has these headaches  where if they are really bad i can not say anything right he will get really mad. i don't know what to do i really hate being yelled at by my  dad and i love him soo much !!!! what do i do?  [s:sm3/1jvp]                                                       thanks,                                                            f3rr3tgal Tell him that you love him and you understand he's suffering but you really don't like it when he yells at you. You can write a note or a card to him. I'm sure he'll understand. And of course if needed see a doctor so that he'll know what to do to deal with those headaches.
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esthery27
esthery27 posted in Friends:
You won't want to be, it's exhausting. Just be happy the way you are and don't care about what others think or say about you.
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GiddyUpGecko
GiddyUpGecko posted in Friends:
What if you just aren't populr, and you want to be???  :(
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