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Aphantasia: How Being Unable to Visualize Anything Affects My Mental Health

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Aphantasia is a condition where you cannot visualize — in effect, you are “blind” in your mind’s eye. When most people are told to imagine an apple, they close their eyes and can actually see an apple in their mind.

However, due to my aphantasia, when I close my eyes, I see nothing but darkness. So instead of images, my aphant mind connects words.

When told to imagine an apple, my mind races to retrieve everything I know about apples, from their color, shape, size and taste, to things you can do with apples, stories that involve apples, pretty much anything apple-related.

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