Aphantasia - do you have a mind's eye?
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:
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.)
More than half of my waking hours involve me daydreaming. Would that count as having a mind's eye?
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.
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").
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?