How have you learned to describe aphantasia?

Tom Ebeyer Staff asked 1 year ago


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Describing aphantasia is no easy task, especially considering the fact that the phenomenon exists entirely in the privacy of our own minds. I like to use the example “think of a horse” when describing aphantasia.
You can read more about my approach here or check out my “Think of a Horse” episode on CBC Radio. Others use the red star or red apple examples.

How have you learned to describe aphantasia? What other examples have you seen?

keith Inscho September 22, 2019 10:49 pm

No, not at all. And I read about other people, and I am sure I have it, but mine is a bit different, but I don’t know how to explain it exactly.

I can’t ‘picture’ tastes, or smells, only whether or not they were pleasant.

I can bring up pictures, in my minds eye, but they are fleeting. I can’t hold an image, nor can I really pull up an image of something specific, like a particular year of mustang. When I think of a mustang I get a flash of a late 60’s model.

When I try and picture something a picture pops up, then fades almost immediately. if I concentrate I can hold it for a millisecond or tow then other pictures, or fog or swirly colors or whatever cover it, kind of like looking at a film when it melts.

I think I dream fine with pictures and everything. Some very vivid.

When I close my eyes to sleep I either get nothing but black (not ready to sleep) or a black background with a darker black (blue, purple) ‘cloud that comes from the outer ring to the center every few seconds (reminds me of Star trek when they shoot a ‘cloud’ of something at another ship) Or a radar sweep circling around a dark background with slightly lighter area behind the sweep.

Even though both foreground and background are dark, the moving part is even darker and makes the other part seem bright!

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