What It’s Like to Have Mirror Touch Synesthesia

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Dr. Joel Salinas is a neurologist who possesses a rare neurological trait himself: he has mirror-touch synesthesia, a rare form of the perceptual condition that allows him to experience the same physical sensations and feelings as the people around him.

He’s a doctor who can quite literally feel your pain.

Salinas, who also experiences other forms of synesthesia (such as seeing numbers as colors and tasting shapes in foods), recently wrote a book about life as a synesthete: Mirror Touch: A Memoir of Synesthesia and the Secret Life of the Brain. In this video, he shares how mirror touch has colored his personal life and opened up a profound sense of empathy for those around him.

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What It’s Like to Have Mirror Touch Synesthesia