Using the Journey method when you don't have any imagination

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#1 24 August, 2016 - 11:21
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Using the Journey method when you don't have any imagination


I have a problem. That is, I am unable to imagine anything. When I close my eyes I don't see anything at all. I still am successful in using the Method of Loci though, when I trace my steps I don't see the pictures that I previously imagined, but rather remember the concept of that image, if that makes any sense.

My question is, is it possible to develop spatial imagination virtually from scratch, so I can use this technique as a normal human, lol?

24 August, 2016 - 11:51
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There is a condition called aphantasia, iirc, which prevents some people from being able to use visual imagination.

To get a proper answer to your question, imo, it would be best to try to research the scientific literature for a general answer or, better yet, to consult with an expert in neurology about your particular case.

That said, if the real problem is just an underdeveloped, or weak, visual imagination--or (perhaps) a bit of tangled wiring--you might benefit from exercise and plasticity.

I do believe that mnemonics practice can help strengthen an underdeveloped or weak visual memory, but I would be sceptical of anybody who does not have a strong professional background in neurology who purports to have a sure solution.

My apologies if I have not answered your question in a satisfying way. My real message is just to say, beware of answers from enthusiastic people who want to help do not have an in-depth understanding of the conditions that can affect the brain.

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Darn

26 August, 2016 - 00:25
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My question is, is it possible to develop spatial imagination virtually from scratch, so I can use this technique as a normal human, lol?

I don't know the answer to that question, but I think that it would be worth practicing it. Neuroplasticity is an amazing thing. :)

If you stare at something for a minute and then close your eyes is there any visual impression of that thing left in your mind after closing your eyes?

You might also be interested in: memory techniques for aphantasia.

29 August, 2016 - 09:48
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Hey, thanks for the answers!

Josh, no, there is no visual impression left (of anything, really) when I close my eyes. My try to describe this: I look at a pencil, then I close my eyes and try to imagine it. I do not see it, there's just darkness and I somehow know that somewhere there is a pencil, it's more like a concept, than an image. Or for a split second (like literally a fraction of a second) I actually get a kind of image (I'm not even sure at this point, maybe that's just some mind trick), but it's not the pencil I was looking at, but rather a resemblance, like a cartoon drawing, or even just a piece of a cartoon pencil, if that makes ANY sense :)

29 August, 2016 - 09:50
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Hey, I read into this aphantasia thing and it's pretty much what I experience. So, I will do my research, thanks for the starting point!

30 August, 2016 - 14:22
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23 September, 2016 - 22:45
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