While I’ve always known that I can’t visualize, I only discovered aphantasia by name in early 2021. Welcome to my aphantasia journey.
My imagination is blind, meaning I can’t visualize. This neurodiversity is called aphantasia, and I was born with it. When I close my eyes and try to imagine something—an animal, a landscape, a person—all I see is black and grey and sometimes lava-lamp-like splotches of light purple and white. That’s the extent of my visual imagery. But, on those rare…Keep reading
My pursuit to answer the question—is aphantasia hereditary?— was preceded by the discovery that I have aphantasia. I had never heard of it before. My inability to visualize—aphantasia… also known as image-free imagination—had a name! Fascinated, I immediately took to Google to search: What is aphantasia? What is the history of aphantasia? Is aphantasia hereditary? If you clicked the link…Keep reading