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Tango
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There are things we take for granted and assume everybody else experiences.

Apparently, there are people who can't see a horse if they close their eyes and try to imagine ("see") one. Or experience a smell or hear a sound, unless it is actually there, in front of them.

Ditto for the recall or reliving of emotions. (Does that mean they are not subject to PTSD?)

I myself have just discovered this phenomenon via this article:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/docproject/can-you-picture-things-in-your-head-well-this-guy-can-t-1.5279114?fbclid=IwAR0ZON7IwKYhl3KQnilAwhuLT8w55TzcmcYc4ZREIEkB5iAtydFoMMPXEg0

What about you? Can you picture an elephant in your mind? Or hear screaming kids in a house on fire? Or summon the smell of the roses someone once gave you?

How strong are these "recalls" (or "imaginings") compared to "in real life"? (There is a quiz you can take in the article.)

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PurpleStarGirl
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More than half of my waking hours involve me daydreaming. Would that count as having a mind's eye?

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TBB
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I had to do some googling to understand what you meant, Tango.  I guess I have aphantasia. When I close my eyes, all I see are the back of my eyelids. I can think about things and understand what they look like by describing them factually, but it's no different if my eyes are open or closed. I had no idea that people can actually pull up images. I asked my husband, and he just sees the back of his eyelids too but can also obviously describe what something would look like. 

This feels like a major revelation so I'll have to think about this some more.

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Libra Noir
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How sad. 

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Tango
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When you daydream, do you see images, hear sounds, smell aromas, and such?

If so, you do not have aphantasia.

A person with aphantasia would daydream with words and numbers only (which is more akin to "thinking" than daydreaming, I would think, but depends how we define "daydreaming").

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Tango
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TBB,

I am going to assume there is no pig in the room where you are sitting as you read this.

So, if I ask you to imagine a pig, a big fat pink pig, can you conjure up such an image? You can keep your eyes open. It doesn't matter. Me, I can and do "see" (imagine, visualize, call it what you will) a big fat pink pig as I type these words. Yet there is none in my room, and no picture of one on my walls or laptop or anywhere in my room.

I can't describe "where" this pig is that I "see". It is not on the back of my eyelids, not in my head even, it is just "out there in the air somewhere" and I am seeing (imagining, imaging) it as I type.

Are you able to do this?

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