In the Media

Was Marilyn Monroe a Synesthete?

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n p. 47 [in Marilyn Monroe: A Biography, Mike Lennon] found Mr. Mailer describing what can only be understood as Ms. Monroe’s synesthesia. In recounting her first husband, Jim Dougherty’s recollections of her, he said:
[quote]He recounted evenings when all Norma Jean served were peas and carrots. She liked the colors. She has that displacement of the senses which others take drugs to find. So she is like a lover of rock who sees vibrations when he hears sounds…It also provides her natural wit…she did not have a skin like others.[/quote]
Read more of Maureen Seaberg’s essay on the Psychology Today web site.