Why Do You Kiss With Your Eyes Closed?
If we ask the men at Askmen.com, they agree that kissing with eyes closed focuses on the physical experience. Visual distraction leaves less room to, well, really focus.
Let’s dig a little deeper, and delve into the cross-wired curiosity of synesthesia. In the case of the synesthete, when one sense activates, another sense spontaneously turns on. So, for example, the person might hear a loud sound and see a flash of white immediately. Some people hear sounds when they see moving dots, and I see colors when imagining the days of the week. In the surreal surroundings of the complete synesthete, a musical recording may smell like flowers, foods taste like a noise, and sound may have a texture and a shape!
In 1812, the condition was referred to as a ‘mild insanity’. But today, DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging) lets scientists see connections between various brain regions. They posit that there is increased connection between senses in synesthetes. In fact, the current thought is that all persons have the connections for synesthesia, but the phenomenon is shut off for some reason.
Studies report that synesthesia is seven times more prevalent in poets, artists and novelists than in the rest of us, and these people are better at connecting unrelated ideas, especially romantic ones!
Synesthesia is thought to be genetic, and may have an evolutionary advantage that brought about kissing with eyes closed in the first place. In times of survival, very few beings would put themselves in the vulnerable position of voluntarily closing their eyes while doing anything but sleeping in a very safe place. So, theoretically, a synesthete would be able to kiss with eyes closed and relish the tactile experience, but some of the senses would remain wide open to potential danger!
Let’s think about the benefits for synesthete kissing with their eyes closed today, shall we? Picture yourself kissing with eyes closed and senses wide open to a kaleidoscope of sounds, colors and scents!
But not to worry if you haven’t the gift. Most of us romantics can picture it anyway, with eyes closed and imagination ready!