Feeling All the Feels: Living With Mirror-Touch Synesthesia

Feeling All the Feels: Living With Mirror-Touch Synesthesia


– [Carolyn] To go to a cocktail party and to see an hors d’oeuvres that has a toothpick sticking up from it, the point of that toothpick makes me feel shocks of electricity down the back of my legs. People are perplexed by that. My name is Carolyn Hart, I have mirror-touch synesthesia. Mirror-touch synesthesia is
a conflation of the senses. Mirror-touch synesthesia is
a conflation of the senses. The things that you see
are felt on your skin. The things that you see
are felt on your skin. If I see another person’s injuries, well I feel that in my own body. If I see someone get touched, I feel that on my skin. I’m a massage therapist. I think my mirror-touch synesthesia has really helped me. When someone tells me what they’re feeling in their body, well I feel it in my body. And I think it makes me more
able to help that person. Every single day Every single day I will see something that
triggers waves of pain. I will see something that
triggers waves of pain. It makes it really hard
for me to participate in a lot of contemporary entertainment. Like I really love Game of Thrones Like I really love Game of Thrones and I can’t watch the program
because it’s so violent. I also have really positive experiences. When I watch ballet I
feel my muscles fire. When I watch ballet I
feel my muscles fire. When I see them executing pirouettes When I see them executing pirouettes I feel like I’m spinning. And that’s not an emotional sense of And that’s not an emotional sense of “Gee, this is really lovely
and so beautiful to watch.” I feel it in my body. I feel it in my body. I can’t control it. If I was to lose my synesthesia, I would lose part of myself that would be irretrievable
and irreplaceable.

100 comments on “Feeling All the Feels: Living With Mirror-Touch Synesthesia

  1. Ryan Linn Post author

    Ive never really realized it, but i have these sensations. I guess im lucky in that i 1 never feel it through like watching a screen and 2 is not nearly as severe as yours. However, if i watch someone, lets say, break a toe i feel it in my toe. Shit makes my bone feel super weak and radiates pain outward from the spot it occured at.

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  2. Alice Ifrailova Post author

    I have mirror touch synesthesia, and when I tell people I've never watched GOT or Outlander or Handmaid's Tale, they look at me weird. When I tell them I'm not ALLOWED to watch it because of my condition, they freak out and look at me like I'm nuts. One day, watched a very powerful Indian movie, but wasn't told there would be torture scenes in it. All I had to do was see one hit, and turned it off. Cried for twenty minutes reeling in actual pain. It's not funny, people. And I'm not crazy. It's actually a gift to be able to feel other people's pain. Becoming a healer is the best way to use this gift.

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  3. Vidia Ree Post author

    How does this work in crowds? Does she feel everyone's sensations or just the people she notices?

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  4. Phantomwolf115 AJ & More Post author

    If you have this, don't watch brave wilderness. There is a reason they have merch saying "Coyote. R u ok?"

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  5. António Paixão Post author

    I can feel both images and sounds.
    I also can see sounds and touches.
    And I can hear images and touches.

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  6. Jack Y M Post author

    What happens if she watch porn or other have sex? Can she get orgasm without actually having sex?

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  7. Miak Stilinski Post author

    When I see dry surfaces I feel irritated and I get an annoying feeling to my hands and my back. I must wash my hands or see something moisty. But that's it.

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  8. Shadow Of Light Post author

    How does this work as a child? How do they know what certain non-bodily pains/feelings feel? Like, before touching a carpet, how do they know what it’s like?

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  9. Nedzon Macadaan Post author

    Couldn't this person lose weight and become a strong bodybuilder by just watching people at the gym

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  10. dustin5742 Post author

    I’m guessing she has a hyperactive right supramarginal gyrus (part of the brain associated with empathy). I think most people probably experience what’s she’s describing to a lesser extent, especially if you’ve shared a similar pain/sensation to the person you are observing.

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  11. Marbles Post author

    Everyone has this to some extent, right? When you see someone experiencing something, and your attention is not elsewhere, it feels like you are remembering feeling the same thing yourself? I can suppress it to a certain degree, but if I'm surprised, I involuntarily image experiencing what the other person is feeling. I'm surprised this is considered a form of synesthesia, there is no conflation of senses? It's simply amped up empathy? It scares me that not everyone has this…

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  12. Kevin Gruen Post author

    Wheres the evidence? I'd like to see citations lol. This level of report is like a medium telling me they can see into my future.

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  13. こんにちわ Post author

    Sadly I have this too but I have learned to get used to my mirror touch synesthesia sadly I think it is the worst synesthesia to have. Imaging watching and action movie the first time I saw one I was rushed to a hospital and diagnosed with mirror touch synesthesia

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  14. Jan Elij Vallejera Post author

    If you want to know the secrets of the universe, use energy, frequency, vibration. Something Nikola Tesla said

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  15. Sullyvan arnold Post author

    I have this too. Mostly with taste, but I can feel when someone breaks their arm, or scrapes their knee. It's bizarre.

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  16. Neay Ne Post author

    I can sometimes feel the shock of electricity too but just to something I see live, not from TV 😅 Yours is extreme woah.. And it's not REALLY like you feel the same pain cus how would you know how it feels when you never had it before? It's just that sensation of electricity in your legs. 😂😂😂

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  17. Noel TheTree Post author

    I fucking hate my mirror touch synesthesia.

    It isolated me and made people able to hurt me without leaving any trace.

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  18. whiteeagle arai Post author

    I tried to tell my therapist but she never understood this. I tried medications more therapy but the problem was so confusing and strong to me that i just had decided it is best to stay away from people. I feel healthier and more of myself when I can be left alone. Feeling my husband is all i can handle.

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  19. Innie Binnie STUDIOS Post author

    I don’t know if I Have mirror touch or not..
    I remember just staring at one of my friends really sharp pencil,
    And..Idk..I had a image of the pencil stabbing me in the eye..
    It hurt and I almost cried in the middle of class. I think I’m
    Just over reactive, but when I see a terrible image from my mind.
    It kind of hurts me a specially near the legs. So whenever I think
    Or look at my body it hurts a lot.

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  20. Logan Florsheim Post author

    I thought she meant that she would feel something on one side and feel ot the same way on the other sode

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  21. Chickenless Nuggets Post author

    This is just being highly empathetic dude this isn’t unique I’m like this. Most people with a modicum of life experience and healthy emotional functioning are like this…

    If you don’t feel other people the way she describes you’re most likely not feeling your own emotions and therefore have no idea. Learn to let yourself feel instead of acting like you’re separate from everyone around you, realize everyone is part of the human family. It’s not trendy to care and be kind and feel other people so therefore people are conditioned to “not give a fuck” and numb themselves out like idiots not even realizing the damage their doing to their own psyche.. or the avoidable mistakes they’ll make because of their emotional carelessness. Your emotions are your guidance system people. Learn to listen/awareness instead of rationalize.

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  22. sexually-confused-ninja oh-and-loyal-hufflepuff Post author

    Three questions:
    1. if she saw someone get stabbed would she feel like she was getting stabbed?
    2. what id she read a very graphic piece of writing (like someone getting beat up) would she feel it?
    3. If she watched p*rn would she feel it?

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  23. Chris Humphries Post author

    I feel like this is mainly just a selling point for her massage therapist career. "Oh you have neck pain? Let me see of I can feel that too"…tf?

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