Way back when, I wrote two posts on imagination and modes of thought. Well, my Dad tends to read the BBC, and when he sees an interesting article on there, he tends to share it with the family. Early this morning he found one that has a very definite link to what I was talking about in those two posts. It’s about the fact that there are some people who are unable to visualize anything; it’s called “aphantasia”.
It’s quite the interesting article, and I think will resonate with a lot of autistics, even if they don’t have aphantasia. The way the main interviewee described his experience and his realization – it’s a lot like an adult discovering that they are autistic. There’s very much a sense of: “you mean, other people don’t think like this?”
As you may be able to tell from my previous two posts, this is a subject that rather interests me. And while I can visualize, it tends to be (as I’ve mentioned before) the broad strokes of an image; it’s very difficult for me to get the details. So I don’t have aphantasia. But there were two descriptions in there that did resonate with my own personal modes of thought; the description of the interviewee who thinks in words, and the abstract concepts element.
Anyway. I thought I would bring this article to people’s attention. Please, feel free to engage in discussion about it – I’d like to know what other people think and/or have experienced themselves.