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Watching a movie
Posted byjohnchevin41
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Anyone else have this Im watching another movie I know Ive seen it but its as if Ive never seen it before I have no memories of anything thats happening Ive noticed this happens with all movies its kind of strange. I can watch movies over and over but it feels like its the first time

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I don’t know if other people with Aphantasia do this but the way I remember things is through facts. Otherwise, I don’t think I’d have a memory. So like, I know Darth Vader is Luke’s father (not a spoiler at this point, let’s be honest) so if I rewatched that scene, I’m gonna know that’s what happens so it won’t exactly be like watching the film for the first time again. But I won’t be able to picture it happening so there is some level of excitement there. However, as soon as it does happen, I tend to think "oh yeah, I remember this bit happening now".

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I find it tricky to remember plots, but as I’m watching I tend to recall details or what happens. The other thing I find is sometimes I find it difficult to know which character is which at the start or put the character’s name with their face

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I have pretty bad memory overall and, with exceptions to movies I’ve seen multiple times or that have left a massive impact on me – I can forget just about everything. That said, as I watch, i’ll usually remember a lot of it as I go.

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I kind of know what you mean, I guess because we cannot visualise anything we are just relying on our memory. For instance, Sixth Sense, I know he’s dead (plot reveal 🙂 ), and a few of the other details of the film, for example the people hanging in the school (I think), and about his wife, but as I watch it I generally don’t remember whats going to happen.

Question: Same or different for reading a book that is not so visual?

Discussion Comments (Child) #21849
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I just cant read books I find it really difficult to keep up with whats happening

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Yes, definitely. I have this with trips I have taken as well.

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Yes – I’m the same. I don’t know whether that’s aphantasia, or SDAM.