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Thread: Do you see ‘pictures’ when you imagine?

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    Originally Posted by FirstDates
    When you close your eyes and imagine someone or something do you actually see something in your mind?
    I see pictures.

    Can you elaborate more?

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    I have a very difficult time seeing images in my mind. If I think of my mother's face it's just kind of a vague approximation with little detail. There are people who cannot see any images in their mind whatsoever. The condition is called "aphantasia", you may be interested in looking it up.

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    I have very vivid memories. They're snapshots where it's very detailed and clear and I still have very vivid memories of the past. Even when it's been like 10 years. I am pretty creative and have always been quite artsy.

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    I find this conversation fascinating...

    I can think in images - but it requires a different level of concentration.

    So - walking around day-to-day, I’m not seeing images in my mind when I’m thinking. I think I would find that very distracting? But if you ask me to imagine a bird, and I close my eyes or I’m staring off into space, or I’m doing some post-yoga meditation or something - yes - I can see images. Like a dream.

    But it’s definitely a different “part” of my brain or something. I can’t multi-task when I’m imagining things - but I can definitely multi-task when I’m “regular” thinking.

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    It depends what I am thinking about. I was able to do well on closed book exams because I could imagine my entire written notes on the page (I handwrote and rewrote my handwritten notes with a pen -didn't type -that is how I retained) - and I literally could copy what I saw onto the exam paper. That was an image- a picture. I have very vivid dreams at night, I cannot draw but I do think I see actual pictures I just don't think about it. I am not autistic. Very interesting question!

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    Originally Posted by melancholy123
    I cant draw, I am not autistic, but I see pictures when I imagine. A bird would probably be sitting on a branch or whatever and most likely quite colourful. If I imagine a house I'd like to live in, I can see the shape of it, what the surrounding area might look like, is it a bungalow or two storey, does it have a garage? All the details I can picture. I really cant imagine just a "thing" and not seeing am image of some sort.
    Isn't it the same for everyone? I thought this is how human brain works.

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    When I'm reading a book, I dont actually visualize what I'm reading. I read the words and understand the story from that. Ive been told by others that they actually visualize what they are reading, like watching a movie. This has never happened to me.

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