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Coping with the discovery 2 years 3 weeks ago #6

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With the recent rise in publicity there will now be a lot of people suddenly discovering that they have aphantasia, and this can be rather traumatic. There are however a few things to bear in mind which might help you get through it:

Nothing has Changed.
You are still the person you've always been, and the discovery itself has no downsides unless you let it. Instead you now know more, so you can cut through the numerous visual references in every day speech. You've got through life with it this far without it being significant enough for you to notice, so it really can't be that bad can it?

It isn't all bad.
Aphantasia has only just been properly recognised, but even in the few studies done so far they've found an advantage to our condition. Specifically when it comes to recognising objects in different orientations we can do it consistently, whereas visualisers take longer depending on the scale of the change. While this doesn't sound too impressive, consider the fact that it means that instead of thinking the same way as visualisers and just lacking the pictures, we have a completely different way of thinking. Less scientifically, from the facebook group conversations it also seems that we tend to have greater logical skills, and are more able to adapt to the unforeseen.

You aren't alone.
Recent estimates suggest 2-3% of the population have it. That means you almost certainly know someone else with it, even if they haven't realised it. We have a growing community online and as we grow bigger more research will be done, and more of us will figure things out. That means advice on where we excel, coping strategies where we don't and research towards a solution if that is what you want.
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Coping with the discovery 5 months 2 weeks ago #5190

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wasn't traumatic for me, but it does suck knowing others see things inside their heads. it would be such an entertaining and useful tool as an artist.

>disability: a physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities.

going off this definition, i also consider visualizing a superpower and aphantasia a disability.
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Coping with the discovery 5 months 2 weeks ago #5198

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The coping problem is much more difficult for me, I have Total aphantasia, I only remember thoughts (I know i have done something), I do not remember visual images, the sounds of words, the taste of food, the feel of pain, and the emotion of love. Most people I try to explain this to can not comprehend what i am telling them. A lot of people assume we all think and process things the same, It is a nearly a impossible situation to describe to them and no way to proof that my inability exists.

Here is the sad part. over 30 years of counseling and being told do happy thing to make me feel better and sadly I can't remember the feeling of joy and happiness. Insanity trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result..

Up until four months ago, I did not know that there were others like me. I am very grateful for this website and its members. All of you are helping me cope with Aphantasia. thank you
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Coping with the discovery 5 months 1 week ago #5211

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Welcome back to a different kind of sanity!
Many years ago someone influenced my life immensely by bringing to my attention the quote from Sophocles' "Oedipus the King" “Know thyself” a phrase that was inscribed over the entrance to the temple of Delphi.

Pondering this simple but heavily possibility-laden quote has somehow been able to help me through many things in my life. I need to ponder more often, since I find myself more in balance in my life when I act upon insights gained from this admonition. The beauty is that it can cover so many possibilities that I have been able to shrug off, to peel off other much more complicatedly society-forged 'chains' while still taking responsibility for my actions and being true to myself.

I have learned through this and a few other crutches to try to live as consciously as I can. I am not doing all I can do, but often doing the best I can in the moment. Sometimes the best in the moment is to live conciuously unconsciously!
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