there is a condition recently termed 'aphantasia' where you cannot visualize or see things using your imagination.
does anyone else have this? i have it, but i'm still able to dream. i'm just unable to 'see things', daydream, or imagine anything, etc through conscious effort while i'm awake.
i know what it's like to imagine or visualize things though, it happens before i drift off to sleep, my thoughts get formed in my head and i get this sudden 'picture' of stuff as i think of things. this never occurs while i'm awake though. i still can't believe people can visualize things in their everyday lives, it just seems incredibly useful like a superpower.
i think because i cannot see things when i'm awake, i deeply value my dreams. i have kept a dream journal for several years and have great dream recall ability, but i'm rarely ever able to realize i'm dreaming and achieve lucid dreams, or control my dreams. recently though i awoke from a dream, but i was still dreaming.
i used to meditate with earplugs in the dark, but because i cannot visualize things it's just an emptiness and so after a while the lack of anything drives me crazy. i tried doing this and some other methods to train myself to realize i was falling asleep and enter lucidity, but it never worked. i usually got nice dreams as a result of the focus and concentration though.
my question is for anyone who literally cannot imagine or visualize things like me, i want to know if you have trained to get regular lucid dreams and how you did so, or even if they occur naturally on their own for you often. thanks.
>>2647 Aphantasia is incredibly interesting to me. One thing I read about is that people with aphantasia can still recall things like the number of windows in their house, without using mental imagery. I believe most "normal" people do not have the number of windows in their house memorized by rote, and would have to briefly take a visual tour of various rooms in their house to count the number of windows before answering.
How do you personally do it? Are us normies using visualization as a mental crutch for certain things that we should be able to do in other ways?
Another note: The recent discovery of this thing brings up a lot of questions. Namely, what other differences are there between people that nobody realizes because we all assume everyone functions similarly to ourselves?
>>2658 i do a tour of my house, but its not visual. its kind of a spatial feeling, as in i imagine im in a certain room and i can think of the window
this kind of spatial nonvisual imagination is really all i have, i van imagine movement and flowing sensations and my bodyparts moving around and touch somewhat, but its always as though im blindfolded. if i were to blindfold you and asked you to navigate to the windows, you could feel your way around probably. its that sort of feeling that i have when i think of stuff