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Fri, Aug. 10th, 2012, 05:53 pm
cali777: syneshesia-grapheme personality traits?


I would love to hear from all fellow-syneshesia-grapheme friends out there who wouldn't mind describing your personality.  Do you consider your self an introvert or extrovert? Do loud people bug you?  For those of you who lived away at college for the first time, was it a real shock - cause too much sensory input all of the time (i.e. dorm living?).  The reason I am asking is that I am getting ready to go away to college for the first time and I'm a introvert with syneshesia-grapheme.  I consider myself a home-body, I get "over-loaded" pretty easily, but I do have friends!  I am looking forward to college.  Just thinking about the whole personality connection with my color/letter/number thing ...... thanks !!

Sat, Aug. 11th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)

That whole introvert-extrovert sh*t irks me, because apparently I don't fit? I'm a lone wolf, but I'm VERY assertive and extrovert, I just have very little patient for people.

This said and now that it's blatant that I'm a misanthrope "^___^, it doesn't bother me at all, synesthesia-wise. Well, since I'm a bit hard of hearing, too much noise input makes me hard to focus on anyone talking to me, but that's it.

Sat, Aug. 11th, 2012 06:56 am (UTC)

I've been thinking lately that I'm mildly autistic or something. Long story. I don't even bother telling people about my synesthesia anymore...

We recently had to do that Meyers-Brigg test thing at work. (The person who did the 'course' happens to be a good friend of of our department's supervisor...) I thought the course was pretty fun and actually participated enthusiastically but really it was a waste of time. The normals thought it was really helpful for the most part. Of course I turned out to be an introvert which was no surprise but it turns out that I have no leadership abilities which is strange because I received an award in the military for being the best junior instructor in western Canada and I taught English in Taiwan for four years. I'd have to say that as synesthetes we're totally exempt from all of their tests and labels.

I wish that I hung out with more creative and interesting people rather than having to try to fit in with all these plain old yuppies and rednecks. And to 888, when there's some background noise I often get my colours and textures blended together. One time I actually whipped out my hearing-test card and had to say 'See? my hearing's almost perfect. You see the card?'...

Sat, Aug. 11th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)

I'm technically an introvert (need to recharge batteries with significant alone time) but likely on the autism spectrum so that may be irrelevant. But, I choose to work as a waitress where it's very hustle-bustle -- perhaps because I am in control of it and everything has a purpose and I can leave it behind?</p>

Anyway: I have a few types of synaesthesia that include graphemes-color. I found dorm life to be quite overwhelming, esp the first year. N
Once, the girl next door left for a few days and her alarm went off for several hours - some kind of drum sequence with a guitar riff - and it caused me to have a rather embarrassing meltdown. The RA also mocked me for being so sensitive - at the time I didn't have the language to legitimize my concerns. Something that may help you is to talk to the RA or someone at housing services to let them know you have some neurologically based sensitivities? If they have it established from the beginning, perhaps if there is an issue they will be more willing to help.

Good luck!

Sat, Nov. 2nd, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)

I have quite a few different types of synesthesia, one of which is graphemes-color.

My personality.. I'm an extreme introvert, I guess. I dislike pretty much any and all face-to-face social interaction. Loud people bug me very much. (People in general bug me very much.) I'm still living at my parent's house (I know, I'm such a winner) so I can't answer the third question. Though, when I did get my first job, it was kind of a shock. Not really that profound, though. It was just sort of like "oh, wow, this is all new to me." Graphemes-color isn't "overwhelming" to me, though the combination of personality-color, personality-taste, and personality-texture that i possess is really overwhelming in crowded places or when I'm around people I'm not familiar with. Never really had much of a problem with graphemes-color, though.

I know this post is really old but I just thought I'd contribute. Good luck in college.