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Not everyone has an internal monologue

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  1. Silbern
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    The author mostly talks about extremes here (always having an internal monologue going vs never having one), but I suspect it's more of a middleground for most people. I always use an internal...

    The author mostly talks about extremes here (always having an internal monologue going vs never having one), but I suspect it's more of a middleground for most people. I always use an internal monologue when reading or writing, and usually when thinking or analyzing critically, but I don't use one if I'm thinking creatively or daydreaming, I mostly picture things instead.

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    bilbodwyer
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    I wonder how much this relates to the phenomenon of aphantasia. For example I can't picture images in my head very well at all, but I do have an internal monologue a lot of the time.

    I wonder how much this relates to the phenomenon of aphantasia. For example I can't picture images in my head very well at all, but I do have an internal monologue a lot of the time.

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      ali
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      So if i ask you ‘visualize a banana’ you don’t see anything in your head? Like I am pretty sure I can see things but it’s so vague. It’s nothing like seeing through my eyes but it is something I...

      So if i ask you ‘visualize a banana’ you don’t see anything in your head? Like I am pretty sure I can see things but it’s so vague. It’s nothing like seeing through my eyes but it is something I somehow imagine.

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      1. bilbodwyer
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        I know what a banana looks like, so if I saw one I'd recognise it as a banana. And I can tell you that they're sort of long, thin, bendy, and usually yellow but occasionally green or brown. But...

        I know what a banana looks like, so if I saw one I'd recognise it as a banana. And I can tell you that they're sort of long, thin, bendy, and usually yellow but occasionally green or brown. But I'm not picturing anything in my head, not even if I close my eyes and concentrate really hard. There's no "image" there to speak of. I've asked people to rate their mental vision from 1-10 before, and I'd say I'm operating at maybe a 2 or a 3 for simple stuff like bananas, whereas others are coming back with 9s and 10s.
        It's even worse for faces. I live in a low key state of fear about being asked to e-fit the perpetrator of a crime!

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        Loire
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        If you ask me to see a banana, I start thinking about a banana. Features of a banana go through my head (yellow, fruit, curved, peel) but I do not see anything but blackness. Aphantasia can occur...

        If you ask me to see a banana, I start thinking about a banana. Features of a banana go through my head (yellow, fruit, curved, peel) but I do not see anything but blackness.

        Like I am pretty sure I can see things but it’s so vague. It’s nothing like seeing through my eyes but it is something I somehow imagine.

        Aphantasia can occur in degrees. With that said I don't know where aphantasia begins and "lack of practice" ends. For many (most?) people the image in their inner eye is almost as clear as reality. They see that banana like it's right there.

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        1. rogue_cricket
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          This is one of those things where I'm not sure if I am normal or not because it's really difficult to describe such a personal experience. I think I might have some small degree of aphantasia -...

          This is one of those things where I'm not sure if I am normal or not because it's really difficult to describe such a personal experience. I think I might have some small degree of aphantasia - but some part of me thinks surely other people can't actually see the banana as well as they're describing. If I really try I can kind of get it - maybe I'm like a five out of ten.

          And of course, maybe some people are particularly good at it! I feel like with my other senses, especially smell and hearing, I'm pretty good at imagining. I struggle with visual and spatial stuff often, though, and I wonder if that's because I have difficulty with visual imagining.

          This is one of those things that if I think about it too much it messes with me. Sometimes I'm frustrated that I'll only ever get to experience my own brain.

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  3. cardigan
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    I don't have one at all, but sometimes I wish that I did. I wouldn't say that I think in pictures, but rather something like the sense of a picture. It's very difficult for me to write about...

    I don't have one at all, but sometimes I wish that I did. I wouldn't say that I think in pictures, but rather something like the sense of a picture. It's very difficult for me to write about myself or anything else because I feel like I'm translating between two radically different languages. Not that my thoughts are at all deep, but the two feel so far apart from each other that the task is exhausting.

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  4. gogoigo
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    Wait! Are the some people that they don't hear during all day: "kill them all" ? </badjoke> I would like if there are different CI or behavior depends on the group that they can or not.

    Wait! Are the some people that they don't hear during all day: "kill them all" ? </badjoke>

    I would like if there are different CI or behavior depends on the group that they can or not.