Emotional memory and aphantasia

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Roberto RojasRoberto Rojas asked 1 month ago

I’m over 30 and just realizing most people can “recall” and “imagine” sensations, how about feelings and emotions?, I can remember events and situation, some with much detail, but just as I can’t “see” the memory I can’t “feel” the emotion either, I can remember how I felt but as if I was asking other person to describe them to me, just like with visual information, I “know” how a rotated object would look like but I can’t see it and I can remember how I felt but I can’t feel it. Which for the most part is great, I’m not able to hold grudges, well I can but it’s not emotional is more an intellectual effort to act mad, but is very tiresome and can’t do it for long, and if I’m not actually mad usually I just let it go.

I would like to know if happens to everyone or if is just some unrelated “weirdness” (to me weird is a compliment by the way), somehow the aphantasia I just discovered doesn’t bother me at all, somehow I feel it has helped me, not sure how, but feels that way. Maybe related is also the fact that I’ve never been fixated in the past and I don’t think I’ve felt much regret, I know I’ve messed up and I actively try to avoid it but is not an emotional thing, not strong at least.

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