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I just realized last night that I have aphantasia and have been voraciously reading every article. I was trying to do some research as my irregular astigmatism and stumbled on it. I’m always so frustrated during guided meditations or in others’ less-truthful remembrances as my brain remembers exactly what was said and the “details” of the situation. I also have never understood food advertising (visualization) as it has no effect on me. I am wondering if having abnormal vision might be a cause?
I discovered I have Aphantasia approximately three years ago. I build Log Cabins and when describing one certain degree on the build to a fellow builder his response to me was “slow down I’m trying to picture that”. It was then that I knew I was different in that way. I’m still trying to figure out how I can build such a difficult house without seeing it in my mind. It was just after that encounter I started my research.
All I have figured out so far is that I can train myself to create a picture in my mind but it’s just as fast as a photo shutter, it’s only there for a split second.
I would love to have someone contact me so I can get some answers. I wish I knew all this earlier in my life. I’m in my seventies now.
I just discovered Aphantasia last night; I’m 55 years old. My experience is just like yours:
“All I have figured out so far is that I can train myself to create a picture in my mind but it’s just as fast as a photo shutter, it’s only there for a split second.”
That’s exactly how I would describe it.. not blurry or grainy, just VERY fleeting.
I am 17 and a year ago me and my friends were “imagining” things but at the time I didn’t realize they were serious. I realized they were serious when they asked me to imagine something like a spoon in front of me and I responded, “I can’t. No one can.” They then explained to me that they can actually see things and searched it up. Ever since then I have found information on Aphantasia and realized that I most definitely have aphantasia. At first I was confused and a bit scared thinking something is wrong with me but I have excepted it. I do still get upset that others can imagine and I can’t though.
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