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World of Lucid Dreaming - Can't Visualize? You May Have Aphantasia 1 year 10 months ago #363

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Can't Visualize? You May Have Aphantasia

The evolutionary biologist Robin Dunbar once said: "What sets us apart is a life in the mind, the ability to imagine."

What, then, is it like to live without any trace of visual imagination? With no mind's eye to "see" your daydreams and memories? No way to recall the tastes of your favorite foods, summon mental images of loved ones, or visualize landscapes and characters described in novels?

This is the arguably disturbing reality for 1 in 50 people who are coming to terms with the fact that they suffer from a newly named condition called aphantasia.

It's not that they merely find it difficult to focus on imaginary stimulus. It's that the visualization process is altogether absent from their mental repertoire.
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World of Lucid Dreaming - Can't Visualize? You May Have Aphantasia 1 year 10 months ago #366

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This may be my favorite article yet, really goes into specifics, makes it not "disability" focused, etc.
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