I get lost all the time and find it hard to follow directions, is this something that other people with Aphantasia also experience?
Sense of direction and Aphantasia
Me too!!! Thank goodness for GPS. With maps, I used to highly my routes and wasn’t even comfortable with that, I’d right down my turns and had to keep looking at what I wrote. Same goes with recipes, I have to reread at nearly every step.
it takes me SOOO long to remember a route.
Just got back from vacation and we went to the park near our hotel several times and I still could not tell you how to get there. I’ve been living in the same town for 5 years and still often have to use GPS to get simple places if I havent been going there once a week or so for years.
I have total Aphantasia, but a REALLY good sense of direction. I used to go out in the woods for fun and try to get myself lost, but it never took me long to find my way back to base camp. However, trying to follow a GPS gadget makes my head spin and will turn me around completely.
There are all kinds of cognitive tasks and different components of “intelligence”. Everyone has their own profile of strengths and weaknesses. The capacity of the mind to make images is only one of many interesting things.
Personally, my sense of direction is poor. I wonder whether this is a function of visual memory. For example, I can’t recall what’s at different street corners, even though I may have walked by them hundreds of times.