This article discusses the use of the senses and sensory experience in the social
life of the blind. The research methods are individual interviews and participant
observations of a sample of totally blind people who work for government
organizations and private organizations as well as those who are self-employed.
The results show that the loss of sense of sight can motivate the blind to use other
senses, including hearing, touch, smell and taste, to perceive the surroundings and
people around them. Using these senses can create experiences and help promote
skills to understand social life. However, these skills are not considered talents
compensating for the loss of vision; rather the blind achieve them by their efforts
and the practices of using these senses. Using them helps the blind to become
skillful and deliberate in perception; thus, they can live their lives independently.
The sensory experience of the blind is developed from social meaning together
with social experience, which differs from one person to another. Furthermore,
senses implement the presentation of self, and create the world of the blind which
is interrelated with the world of people who have sight.
Keywords: senses, sensory experience, blind people
ผัสสะ; ประสบการณ์ทางผัสสะ; คนตาบอด; senses; sensory experience; blind people