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Are you - or your kids - kinesthetic?

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Miaou Fri 21-Jan-05 22:13:04

If you don't know, kinesthesia is the ability to see things such as names, numbers, days and months as colours. DD1 was telling me the other day how each day was a different colour, and I remembered her mentioning this to me a while ago, and sure enough, the colours were still the same! Talking to my mum about this, she was amazed that I don't see days as colours, she didn't realise it was unusual! Mum sees days, months and names as colours. Dd1 sees just days as colours, but also says each colour has its own texture (eg red is fluffy, blue is like corduroy etc). I'm fascinated by this - any other kinesthetics out there?

CarrieG Fri 21-Jan-05 22:22:53

I do, but I think it's partly a 'learnt' thing from obsessively colourcoding at work - so Mondays are red & so on.

& I feel VERY strongly about room decoration at work etc...eg. I'm about to go back to work & in some ways it'd be easier to move into a colleague's teaching room for the rest of the year, but her room is yellow (distracting, hyper, spiky) whereas mine is purple (creative, powerful) & fuchsia pink (lively, fun).

I must sound like a RIGHT hippy!

Miaou Fri 21-Jan-05 22:27:27

Funny you should say that Carrie, dd1 is very particular about how different colours make her feel, and is very good at describing colours and seeing very subtle differences - hypersensitive to colours, like yourself.

Anyone else?

hatstand Fri 21-Jan-05 23:19:08

don't see things as colours but I once saw music. that was f*ing amazing. and a wee bit freaky

Miaou Sat 22-Jan-05 08:58:59

just bumping this for the morning crowd

sobernow Sat 22-Jan-05 09:06:21

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oops Sat 22-Jan-05 09:20:07

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suzywong Sat 22-Jan-05 09:22:07

I remember doing the same thing with the days when I was little, Thursday was a green oval

lockets Sat 22-Jan-05 09:30:54

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Tissy Sat 22-Jan-05 09:39:20

my Mum has this- doesn't affect her at all, but as far as I know none of her children have it!

Miaou Sat 22-Jan-05 10:04:04

Thanks for your replies - God knows why it should be classed as a disability! I would say it's an ability myself, particularly as it enhances experiences rather than hampering them.

happymerryberries Sat 22-Jan-05 10:08:42

it is called synethesia. kinesthetic means doing or learning things through doing and moving.

Kinesthetic learners are not rare, synesthetic people are very rare.

lockets Sat 22-Jan-05 10:10:05

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happymerryberries Sat 22-Jan-05 10:14:53

Fairly. It is probably one of those things athat may be more common because people tend not to talk about it. You can be different types of synesthetics as well. Some people taste colours or sounds, see smells etc. It is more than just a days of the week thing, and isn't learned. Learned synestesia would be the sort of thing that we all have when we think of the colour brown when someone mentions the old kent road or navy blue when you mention park lane. True synestetics don't 'link' things, they experience senses in a different way to the rest of us IYSWIM

I think that it must be a wonderful extra gift and that if you have it you see the world in a different way to the rest of us. Cherish it!

Miaou Sat 22-Jan-05 20:54:28

that'll teach me not to check up on names before posting..... But thanks for the correction!

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