Aphantasia – the inability to make images within your mind.
There’s really not much, if anything known about this beyond that it happens, and probably to about 2-3% of the population. In fact, the name was only coined in 2015 (find more information at this BBC article) I’m definitely excited about this research because this is something I’ve dealt with my whole life.
Imagine yourself on a sandy beach, the wind blowing through the trees behind you, the ocean moving lazily in and out…
I can’t. At all. All of that is just words to me. I don’t know what it looks like. I can’t explain what the water looks like, or the trees. I can’t see anything other than the back of my eyelids.
Do you wonder what R or my babies look like? Unless I’m looking directly at them when you ask me, you’re never going to know, because outside of basic words, I can’t remember them in images, can’t pull anything visual up in my head to remember them.
It makes for an interesting way to remember things though. I connect words with everything. If I don’t, I don’t remember. You know, basic descriptors. Like so and so has dark colored hair, lots of tattoos, is about chin height to me… Things like that, but details? Nope. Zip. Nada. I just can’t do it, it’s just not there.
I would be interested if there is anything I could do to help be able to see images, but yeah… There’s not much (if really anything) in research when it comes to this *sigh*
Thank you for reading sunshines and have a beautiful day!