Up to now, I thought my lack of memory for visual details was just a function of my ADD. Now I realize how pervasive it all is. To me, it's just another way that my brain is wired differently. Sometimes that is frustrating and sometimes it is what makes me interesting. I am dumbfounded and humbled by having missed this. As a psychologist, I thought I have identified all of my cognitive differences. Also, I do lots of work with hypnosis and use language like "the mind's eye" and asking what they are seeing in trance without ever observing my own inability to do so.
So this is the essential truth: people are lousy observers of themselves. I'm wondering what are the positives about this inability to visualize. I've found that there usually are some. I have noticed that I really enjoy the architecture when I walk in my neighborhood in San Francisco because it always looks fresh and interesting to me.
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