I know not all people use humour in this way, but I’ve found some solace in inside jokes with my aphantasia with my friends personally.
For example, I like to joke that my mind is like an etch-a-sketch. I just crack my neck, and let the “image” in my head dissolve like shaking an etch-a-sketch into nothingness.
Another example is a friend saying “imagine [x]”, and I just reply with a flat, deadpan “no”.
A final example for me is calling my own brain “The Cave of the Present”. This is the name of an area in a video game called EarthBound, as I am forcibly in the present with my aphantasia. And caves are typically dark lol
I’d love to hear any inside jokes you guys have!
I love this! At last, some humour. I always enjoy looking in a mirror these days and exclaiming out loud " My goodness I had no idea I was so good looking!"
I usually try to describe it to my friends as like seeming the HTML text of a web page rather than the web page. You may need to be a bit techy to understand, but essentailly I can’t see pictures, but when I try to think of someone I kinda know what they look like although I cannot see them.
Oh, hold on, there’s a mirror here, wow, I really am good looking…
Not about aphantasia, but about prosopagnosia.
This young man with prosopagnosia was taking his first parachute lesson and got visibly upset when the instructor said that you had better have your parachute deployed by the time you start to recognize people on the ground.
It’s one of my favourite things! I too do a similar thing whenever I am asked to imagine things, or just give them a stern look until they realise what they’ve said. Me and my other friends with apantasia also make jokes surrounding aphantasia.
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