Having only just discovered that aphantasia existed and that my non-visual cognitive processing is definitely not the norm, I’ve done some reading and found nothing in the academic literature (scant as it is) that mentions a so-called “cure.” However, I came across this site where someone claims to have found a technique that can kick start your “blank screen:”
It involves a technique called image streaming, a technique used to improve visual thinking and creativity. It involves exploring scenes in your mind by describing it in as much detail as possible, using all of your senses and verbalizing it out loud. As you verbalize the image, apparently you’ll see more.
I’m not convinced myself, I don’t think having a slowly fading image on your retina from looking at a bright light source is actually related to aphantasia so not sure it’s of relevance here. I can’t conjure up any images to even start ‘image streaming’.
It’d be interesting to know if anyone else has heard of, or tried this. I don’t feel traumatized by my discovery that almost everyone else has actual images they can conjure up, as I easily think of words to describe a scene, but it’d be nice if I had a chance to experience what it was like to create images in my head.
What do you think? Is there a cure? Have you tried image streaming? Would you want to experience it?
Depends on why you have aphantasia.
Some people are born with it.
Some people get it through injury.
And some people develop it through trauma.
I think trauma induced aphantasia could be reversed. My therapist thinks it’s likely as well. If one can address the trauma that triggered it, the aphantasia will probably go away as well.
Sadly the trauma that caused mine is from a really early age, I’m not sure I can even access those old memories enough to really bring them to full closure. I had a visual imagination when I was very young, but since it only showed me horrifying imagery, my brain eventually shut it off.
I bet physical head/brain injury type aphantasia can be fixed too… but that’ll probably take a LOT more research to start to address.
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