There’s a big range of ways we can have aphantasia. Some people are full, no visual, physical, auditory, olfactory, or auditory, and some of us have one or two senses (but still no visual)
I have a physical imagination + memory and I can hear my own voice in my head (though no other sounds)
Anyone else have a physical imagination? How does it work for you?
For me I can imagine a small scene with a million tiny hands touching everything at once. Or I can imagine what it’s like to be an object or creature, which is easier than a scene for sure. I can imagine what a texture would feel like if I were to touch it. Lastly, and most strongly, I can imagine moving my body in various ways. Like a particular dance move or a stretch.
I know exactly what you’re talking about Aimee. I took dance lessons growing up as well, and a "physical" imagination was all I had to remember what we were doing. I could never visualize what the dance moves were, I just knew what they felt like in my head and body, and that’s how I rememebred them. I rely on physical memory a decent amount, but mostly for dance. I don’t do it anymore now because of school, but when I realized I had aphantasia almost a year ago, I realized a physical memory wasn’t "normal" for others.
When I write, sometimes instead of visualizing what characters are doing, I will ‘use’ my body instead. Like instead of visualizing a character vaulting over a fence, I’d use my own muscles to try to imitate that feeling to get a sense of what is going on in that scene.
I lack visual, smell and taste visualization completely, but I have sound and feel. I can hear my voice as if I’m reading to myself, as well as play music in my mind. I can imagine physical feelings, such at the feel of an orange peel. The interesting thing is that I associate colours with a physical “feeling”. Not an emotional feeling, but a physical feeling not dissimilar to thinking of the feel of an object. I also associate people I know well with the feeling of certain colours (again not an emotional connection, but a physical “feeling”), and I feel pain in a range of blue to red. Not sure if everyone associates "physical feelings" this way, but that’s how it is for me!
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