Anxiety, Aphantasia, Mental Health

Learning I Have Aphantasia Helped Ease My Anxiety

Being unable to visualize often gave me #anxiety. Learning that my blind imagination was called #aphantasia eased my anxiety by giving me a better understanding of myself.

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Between Sleep and Awake – Where Someone with Aphantasia May “See” Imagery

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… Continue reading Between Sleep and Awake – Where Someone with Aphantasia May “See” Imagery

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Is Aphantasia Hereditary?

My pursuit to determine if aphantasia is 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… Continue reading Is Aphantasia Hereditary?

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Understanding the Nuances of My Aphantasia

Knowing I have aphantasia is one thing. Understanding the nuances of my aphantasia is another thing entirely. I learned the term aphantasia a few months ago. I was participating in a hypnotherapy session where I was asked to visualize. Frustrated—as this wasn’t my first time being asked to visualize—I told the practitioner that I couldn’t visualize. Casually—as I guess… Continue reading Understanding the Nuances of My Aphantasia

Aphantasia, Hypnosis, Meditation, Spirituality

Hypnosis with Aphantasia

Close your eyes and visualize… I recently wrote about meditation with aphantasia. Specifically, how guided meditation can exacerbate the (sometimes subliminal) states of confusion, frustration, shame, and inadequacy aphantasics feel when asked to visualize, which is how most guided meditations begin. My experience with hypnosis was annoyingly similar. Continue reading at Aphantasia.com.

Aphantasia, Meditation, Spirituality

Meditation and Aphantasia

Close your eyes and visualize… Seems super simple, right? A five-word instruction that, for most of the population, is easy to follow. Whether it’s for guided meditation, hypnosis, psychotherapy, yoga, classroom study, team-building exercises, self-help practices, elite sport/career mental coaching, childbirth coaching, etc., being asked to visualize is almost always at the top of the… Continue reading Meditation and Aphantasia

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Aphantasia – “Mind-blindness” – The inability to visualize mental images

People with #aphantasia are unable to visualize mental images.