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How old where you when you found out that you had Aphantasia?

Ben Bacon asked 3 weeks ago
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I recently found out that I have aphantasia and I am 20 years old. I could have gone my whole life without finding out and I am curious if it is more common to find out when you are younger.

Uberlittleman March 02, 2021 10:35 pm

Hi Ben, I am 42 years old and found out I have aphantasia yesterday. I was always perplexed when people would say, ‘don’t think about a purple rhinosoros’ trying to get you to do so. I would be ‘ok, no issue there’. I also found it annoying in meditation when people would get you to visualise stuff and nothing would come, just blackness. I honestly thought everyone was just faking the experience. For me, I was astonished to find out that most people CAN visualise things.

vio88 February 22, 2021 06:20 pm

I just found out last year, and I am 24 years old.

I always knew I was different and that I couldn’t picture things but I didn’t have a word for it until reccently. So previously I never told anyone out of fear, thought I might be broken, misunderstood, or called a liar.

Rarely I can picture a simple outline, like a stick man or a couple lines but thats it.

Eve Dyson February 22, 2021 09:25 pm

I found out just a few days ago and I’m 13. It was…surprising.

Nancy Jaimes Reyes February 23, 2021 05:03 am

honesty, I found out tonight!

I had no clue but was asked to visualize an apple and I couldnt. I can think of it as a concept. but not actually see it. I am 24.

Teal_appeal February 26, 2021 01:11 am

Found out last week. I am 53

I imagine it’s more tied to the expansion of awareness rather than age?

Teal_appeal February 26, 2021 01:11 am

Found out last week. I am 53

I imagine it’s more tied to the expansion of awareness rather than age?

Teal_appeal February 26, 2021 01:11 am

Found out last week. I am 53

I imagine it’s more tied to the expansion of awareness rather than age?

FallnAnjo March 06, 2021 02:12 pm

I learn about Aphantasia while doing random online searches for some project I was working, that was around 2014, I was 55 at the time and it stunned me especially after I read about the "counting sheep" example. That was me, I never got the reference just count sheep and you will fall asleep; I thought how does anyone do that? After reading the article I was overwhelmed with a profound sadness about my life which always seems to go sideways and how difficult it is for me to connect socially. I am still affected by that sadness/weirdness to this day.

KristyLynn McCormack replied 13 hours ago

That made me sad to read 🙁 I don’t think it’s weird to be the best in the room at conceptualizing when everyone else is stuck seeing imagined things. It just means your bound to not be constricted to the reach of a visual image and you can think beyond the pictures other people are replaying around you.

KristyLynn McCormack March 08, 2021 05:35 pm

Five years ago when I was 22 and heard it on a podcast where they were like "Get this, some people can’t picture that red bucket" and I was like, wait, why are they saying that? Then I called everyone I knew and demanded them to explain the way their mind worked when their eyes were closed, if it was just black with thoughts, etc.

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