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Synesthesia is a condition where one or more senses are concurrently perceived as an additional sense. The word synesthesia comes from two Greek words, syn (together) and aisthesis (perception).  Many of us experience some form of this on occasion when for instance, we’re viewing an image and it immediately triggers smell that we associate with the image. There are people, however, who have a form of Synethesia known as grapheme–> color synethesia. They simultaneously see letters or numbers associated with a particular color.

In the video below, Can You Hear the Colour of My Heart by Joana Monterio we discover the condition of grapheme–>color synethesia. She uses the condition of synesthesia, describing it as “misplaced sense”, to express how one’s preconceived prejudices and an inability to express emotions, are also misplaced and therefore similar to synethesia.

 Dull is the offspring of such misplaced emotions.

Can You Hear the Colour of My Heart by Joana Monteiro on Vimeo.

How we see the world, meaning everything that is around us, is sometimes misplaced by our limitative cognitive sensors, meaning not only our senses but also our prejudices, our judgments.

Synesthete people perceive the world with misplaced senses.

In my opinion all of us do exactly the same with our feelings and emotions.

We misplace them. We don’t express them or express them incorrectly. And in the end we become dull.


1. mentally slow, stupid

2. slow in perception or sensibility

3. slow in action

4. not resonant or ringing

5. lacking sharpness of edge or point

6. lacking brilliance or luster

7. of a color: low in saturation and low in lightness

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