So, I posted this in another thread but it's probably more beneficial here. I made this small 2-min video pretty quickly to describe at least part of my experience with Aphantasia. Let me know if your experience is similar, or different in small ways, or whatever!
I've searched for years for a name for what I thought was different about me. 33 years of not having a memory like my mother - and now I know why.
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My life with Aphantasia
3 years 8 months ago #1462
Same here. The only way I remember ANYTHING about a visual is to note important aspects of it while I'm looking at it and memorize the resulting words. So if I look at a person, for instance, and say to myself "blonde hair, blue eyes, slim build, tall," I will remember those words. I will remember nothing whatever about the person that I didn't specifically notice and reduce to words in that way. Similarly, if I see a license plate and want to remember the number, I need to read it to myself, and I will remember the recited letters and numbers that became part of my inner monologue. But if I don't SAY THEM TO MYSELF, but merely look at the plate (no matter for how long), I will not be able to summon it up later.
What's interesting is that I can learn to recognize a person when I see them again, so obviously the visual data is stored somewhere. I just can't directly access it.