Synesthesia vs. Dyslexia

I don’t have “dyslexia”.

If you are curious, I am a “grapheme-color synesthete”. Or actually a “phoneme-color” type.

It’s the most comon type of synesthesia out there. And it means seeing inevitably fixed colors in letters and numbers.

It usually helps to get better with spelling in a shorter time and in my case too; however, there are corner cases where this ruins life for me. I am blind to them and appear dyslexic.

The [personal] problem is that my consonants have unique saturated colors. The wovels on the other hand are grayscale and mostly transparent. So the wovels get merged with their adjacent letters. In fact they get their hue from their neighboring consonants.

That makes mixing vowels much easier. In the particular case of “o” and “u” it gets even worse. They are both quite glassy and they sound similar. So it is random to use them in the right order if they both appear in the same word.

I just can’t learn words that follow such pattern. Words such as “customer” or “corrupt”. As we are blind to our blindspots, I wouldn’t know this without explicit feedback. I didn’t see those as misspells to judge if they’re systematic or not, until my previous manager pointed out that specific pattern in my reports.

Another issue is the pattern words which repeats the same letter. Isograms no matter how long are easy to remember. Pattern words are remembered by their color patterns, but hard to remember which consonant was repeated due to bouncing, since they all do anyway because of their neighboring wovels. The right forms of the words “proffesor”, or “akkurat” examples of such words.

No matter how many times I leave marks or set signs and rules to not mix certain alternatives, I never learn the right one when it comes to such words and I will end up tossing a coin again and again. To me it’s just not worth the effort. Similar issues appear in coding too.

Perhaps I could bother to find a way to memorize the order for such words, but you get lazy and too dependent on colors for spelling if you experience colors in phonemes, and thus letters; Afterall outsourcing spell-checking effort to color perception didn’t turn out to be a full-proof approach.

The wovel transparency issue applies to both alphabets that I know (Arabic and Roman). Wovels are transparent / grayish and same-sounding consonants have the same color in the same and also between both alphabets. When I tried to learn a third alphabet (Cyrillic) things quickly shaped that way too. Except for the cognitive dissonance of color mismatch between similar looking letters, for example “И” is mirrored red (“N”)m but also brown/orange as it sounds like “H”).

Point, I am not “dyslexic”. You can call me a “wovel color weak”, If you call most others full-alphabet color blind, Jeppp!!!

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Paranoid Data Scientist Based in Oslo

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