I think it was on this forum, though it may have been elsewhere, I can't seem to find the post now. I saw someone mention aphantasia and wondered what that was, so, I looked it up. Basically, aphantasia is the inability to consciously form images in your head, the lack of a 'mind's eye'. Here's a couple of links for the curious. Aphantasia: A life without mental images - BBC News Aphantasia: Losing the mind's eye It would seem I have aphantasia, and now I'm feeling a little lost. I'm trying to wrap my head around the fact that it's actually normal for people to be able to picture things in their heads? Like, see an actual picture? I was aware some people could do this, but assumed it to be unusual such as people with an eidetic memory. Now it seems like that's the extreme end of the spectrum, but it's normal for people to be able to visualise some sort of image. I feel kind of silly for never realising it before. I've read so much about visualisation techniques and meditation and what have you. I suppose I've always just assumed that when talking about 'picturing in your head' this was meant in a figurative sense; not actually allowing you to conjure up an image. I 'picture' and 'imagine' things in my head and work up a very detailed idea of how a scene looks, but all I'm doing is running through a list of descriptive words, like writing a story; there are no images to go along with it. It's very hard for me to imagine people being able to think with images (which I suppose is why I never realised it before). I do dream in images (which seems to be fairly common with aphantasia, though some people can't even do that) but while awake all I see is what's in front of my eyes. If I close my eyes all I see is blackness. So now I'm really curious what it's like to be able to picture things. What do you see? How clear is it? How important is the ability to picture things in your day to day life? Or are you someone who can't visualise things either; and if so, when did you realise other people could?