[ by Charles Cameron — where the blind spot of aphantasia meets the beauty of Avalokiteshvara ]
Perhaps sadly, perhaps not, I suffer from aphantasia.
It’s a great relief, actually, to have found someone who doesn’t laugh at me when I say I can’t visualize — a researcher, no less, Prof. Adam Zeman, with a paper on the topic in Cortex.
I have tried on occasion to find metaphors for my condition. The best way to explain what does happen when someone asks me to visualize something is to say I can see it “as if painted in water on glass” — or “as if it’s behind me, out of sight, but I can remember roughly what it was like when I last looked.”
Lion’s Roar, Developing Pure Perception Through Visualization BBC Science news, Aphantasia: A life without mental images University of Exeter, Can’t count sheep? You could have aphantasia Adam Zeman, Lives without imagery – Congenital aphantasia