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No Imagination, eh no. 3 years 9 months ago #231

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I don't like that Aphantasia seems to be described as a "lack of imagination" or "no imagination" minds eye and imagination are not the same.

I am a writer I create worlds, to say I have no imagination grates on me. Just because I am not seeing an actual image in my head does not mean I have no imagination.



What do you guys think? Do you have no imagination?
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No Imagination, eh no. 3 years 9 months ago #239

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I agree. The English word imagination is unfortunate in this context. I'm not too happy about the term aphantasia either. One possible and common translation of imagination to Swedish is "fantasi" closely related to the English "fantasy". From what I've gathered, people here do differ, but personally I'm fully capable of thinking about both past and future events, real or non real. I can even think _about_ pictures. But I think and remember in the form of words, facts, relations and "feelings".
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No Imagination, eh no. 3 years 9 months ago #244

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evk wrote:
I think and remember in the form of words, facts, relations and "feelings".

Boom.

That is how I think and remember. In some ways I think I have a better memory for abstract things. I will remember a fact about someone I have met once and when I meet them again years later I will say "Oh so you like the movie 'Carrie' and your sister has red hair" but I won't remember their name or anything. It doesn't happen often but it happens.
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No Imagination, eh no. 3 years 9 months ago #294

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I don't have a huge issue with the word or even saying we lacked imagination if the population at large actually all used the denotative definition, just did some more focused research into the etymology of the word. But we use it connotatively to be synonymous with creativity, inspiration, and a host of other traits, instead of it meaning what it does from Old French and Latin, which is to use the mind to manipulate and view images. So when we say someone lacks imagination in the vernacular, we are not literally saying they lack the ability to manipulate mental images, there is a whole host of judgments associated with it. For example, in autism research one of the frequent clinically observed traits is "lack of imagination" even though people on the spectrum have a broad array of visualization skills, so even our researchers often misuse the word from a technical and factual stand point. Until society writ large uses Imagination specifically in its formal and proper context, I will continue to consider myself as someone with an imagination hehe.
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No Imagination, eh no. 3 years 9 months ago #471

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No Imagination, eh no. 3 years 9 months ago #535

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If that last comment related to me, no wonder I am spending so much time on these forums. If I talk this way to the average joe on the street, they would be completely lost =)
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No Imagination, eh no. 3 years 9 months ago #608

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I used to describe myself as having no imagination. That was until l learned (only a couple days ago) about this condition that has brought us all together here; a random article in the Yahoo news. Who'd a thunk?

The truth is, l know l really do have a very healthy imagination as l am pretty good at solving practical problems that don't require a lot of visualization. Though far from being one myself, l worked with and around rocket scientists for decades and l like to believe that required me to exercise whatever mental faculties l do have enough to thrive in that environment. Or at least fool them for a long time
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