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Ich stehe völlig neben mir!!!! Ich habe heute Abend herausgefunden, dass ich Aphantasie mit mehreren Symptomen habe……. Ich wusste nie, dass ich so anders bin, aber ich habe es immer gewusst. Ich wusste schon immer, dass es für mich schwieriger ist, etwas vom Lesen zu lernen oder mir Zeilen in einem Theaterstück zu merken. Aber ich habe nie verstanden, warum ich mich nicht an meine Kinder erinnern kann, als sie jünger waren….. bis heute. Ich überdenke gerade mein ganzes Leben. Heute Abend habe ich gelesen, dass Aphantasie kein Hindernis ist. Ich bin da anderer Meinung. Ich habe das Gefühl, dass wir, die wir Aphantasie haben, uns anders in der Welt zurechtfinden und dass die Welt nicht für uns eingerichtet ist. Ich glaube, dass das an sich schon ein Hindernis ist. Jetzt, da ich weiß, was mein Zustand ist, werde ich ihn nie vergessen.

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OK if you look at postings you will see that some people react like you to the diagnosis of Aphantasia and others are just happy to find like minded people.

 

But it’s also a gift for those who otherwise might have PTSD. Pluses and minuses, always.

Hi Michael,  Unlike you it never registered with me that it was harder for me to learn, but since I’ve found out that I’m aphantasic and have been talking to other people who can visualise I realise how much easier it is for them.   At first I thought they might just see a still picture but some of the things they can do seem like Science Fiction!   It hit me even more to learn they can see words and numbers too.   Doing mental maths or spelling a word out to someone must be a walk in the park when you can see it in your head!                                                     It’s been a few weeks since I found out and I’m beginning to come to terms with it.                                          I try to think of disadvantages of visualising and focus on them.    Surely it must be exhausting having so much stuff happening in your head all the time?       If you read or hear something distressing, how worse must that be if you can visualise it too?    I’m sure my life is all the better for not having awful things pop into my head.

Maybe you also have SDAM (Severely Deficient Autobiographical Memory) if you can’t remember past events. I have this as well as aphantasia and I think it is SDAM that is the more debilitating and isolating condition. “SDAM refers to a lifelong inability to vividly recollect or re-experience personal past events from a first-person perspective”.

We learn our way in the world by coping with what actually IS rather than what we imagine it should be. There is nothing wrong in being different – if only folk could understand we are ALL different in some way and just accept that as a fact and get on with it as best we can with the tools we have and the cards life deals us.