Aphantasia Is Not a Disorder With Merlin Monzel
This study delves into the potential classification of aphantasia, marked by the inability to visualize, and concludes that aphantasia is not a disorder. However, its discovery can act as a psychological stressor for some.
A team from the University of Bonn in Germany assessed if aphantasia aligns with the criteria for mental disorders, such as its rarity, impact on daily life, deviation from societal norms, and personal distress. Despite being present in only 3-4% of the population, aphantasia typically doesn’t hinder daily activities, ruling it out as a mental disorder.
Yet, for about 30% of those with aphantasia, its discovery can be a significant psychological stressor. To shed light on these findings, Psychologist Merlin Monzel joined a live discussion hosted by Aphantasia Network Founder Tom Ebeyer.