La voix de l’esprit


Je savais que j’étais un aphant depuis l’âge de 7 ans et je n’y pensais pas. Du moins jusqu’à ce qu’un commentaire fortuit conduise à une recherche continue dans ce domaine. Comme je n’ai pas d’images, la pensée se fait sous forme de mots. Généralement, il s’agit d’un dialogue ou d’une conférence. Ma voix intérieure est une parole active de ma part, mais beaucoup entendent plus qu’ils ne parlent.

Voici une expérience à tenter. Je suppose que tout le monde a fait l’expérience d’une “chanson qui vous passe par la tête”. Je serais curieux de savoir combien d’entre eux n’ont pas eu cette expérience. Mais pour ceux qui le font : Qui chante ? C’est moi qui chante, mais j’ai trouvé une répartition à peu près égale. Deux questions

1) Le fait d’entendre le chanteur ou de chanter dépend-il du fait d’entendre ou de parler sa voix intérieure ?
2) Que vivent ceux qui pensent en images ?



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I think with my own voice, but I sometimes think it concepts that feels more 3D and only partly based on words. I don’t think in pictures (as I have aphantasia) but I can rearrange thought forms in my head not based on images it’s more kinaesthetic/ topographical I think.

otherwise I do hear a tune in my head and I’m actually hearing the piece, the melody/ the instruments & the sound of the singers voice if there is one. I’m not singing the song. 

Rereading the tweets I realise when I read another’s words I am not reading them in my own voice, I read it in a male or female voice depending on who tweets, or a neutral voice. I realise I do talk to myself or think to myself, in my own voice

I hear the artist singing the song, or the sound of the instruments. I can’t multitask both though.. the songs tend to be instrumental, then the beat goes when the lyrics kick in, and comes back in periods of non singing

Take Tina Turner’s – What’s love got to do with it. I can mentally remember and sing a lot of the lyrics.. but I didn’t have a clue whatsoever what the backing beat was. Just listened to it on youtube and yeah I had no recollection of that at all.. so it’s like it’s actually my memory only records certain bits of it too.. is odd, apparently I remember lyrics and solo instrumental bits between and blah, but if they were all interlayed, I would struggle to figure out the backing beat

Whereas I can hear all of the intro music to Final Countdown just fine

If I can remember the words I can recite them, and I can have a vague sense of going up or down, faster or slower if I can remember how the song goes. But I can’t hear it. There is no voice, I don’t hear the words in my head. I don’t hear pitch changes in my head, it’s more like I’ve put a mental note on top of the lyric and I make my brain think both pieces of information together. My brain doesn’t do this on it’s own. Sometimes it can be easier to keep a song going in my head, but my brain doesn’t do it automatically. Getting a song stuck in my head is more like having an intrusive thought of a few lyrics making me keep repeating them in my head.