I can't visualize anything

 Anonymous (@)8 years, 1 month ago

Can anyone explain this? I realized I can’t visualize anything. If you say the word orange the word comes up not the image of it. Can you picture an actual orange in your head? Sometimes I get a sudden flash of what it looks like than it’s gone.

August 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm
Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@stevenv, I think you’re fooling yourself.

Unless you got in a car accident and are missing 1/4th your brain, I have no reason to believe you’re not inducing this yourself.

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@stevenv, What’s your process when you’re making music? You must have an idea of how you want to mix musical instruments and the way they should sound. That’s basically imagining. If you can come up with ideas, then you can realize them afterwards. How do you make music without knowing how you want it sound like? You can sense, because you have some kind of taste. Imagination is pretty much expression of sensation. If you have no idea how you want something to sound, you’d be piling up tetris-like some kind of a memorized formula.

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Anonymous (0) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@ijesuschrist, Inducing what? How exactly am I fooling myself? I’m really curious lol

@beyond, I feel it out while I do it. What I’m inspired to do. Although I do get ideas but it’s usually like add a transition a certain way but I don’t hear it I just try different sounds till it fits.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@stevenv, You’re inducing this idea that you can’t visualize anything and others can.
That you’re different in this aspect.

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Anonymous (0) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@ijesuschrist, I was just curious to see if everyone else was like this. I’m not trying to gloat that I am different. How is it even better or worse if I can or cannot do this. What evidence do you have that absolutely proves that what I am saying is impossible? I can visualize something in a different way not through images. I can sense it feel the energy of it and conceptualize it.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@stevenv, This post has come up before on here “I can’t see images”.

You and I visualize an apple the same way.

You say you can remember what an apple looks like by memory.

The same place that visualizes memories is the same place that visualizes everything else. We use the same portion of the brain to look into the past as we do in the future.

To say that you can remember what an apple looks like, but that you can’t imagine a new apple you’ve never seen before is ridiculous.

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tearoom (6) (@tearoom) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

hey dude I think you are generalizing a bit too far since people’s brains are totally different and wired so differently we don’t even always use the same parts. Think about the autistic spectrum, for example (a profound example). Artists bring out the never seen before imagery though one can argue you can’t paint with a color that doesn’t exist/ no one saw before. While dating an aspie, I noticed we visualize abstract concepts very differently.
@stevenv too

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Anonymous (0) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@ijesuschrist, I am saying I can’t create a visualization in my head. I can only recall a memory. I can’t imagine a new apple.. how is that so hard to believe. What’s the importance of being able to do this anyways? If I say imagine a beach can you feel the energy or the vibes from being at the beach?

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

“If I say imagine a beach can you feel the energy or the vibes from being at the beach?”
Yes this is called a memory.

“I am saying I can’t create a visualization in my head.”
You created the visualization of an apple from memory. There is no way that memory is 100% correct. Therefore, parts of it are ‘created’ rather than obtained from memory.

What I’m saying is – if you believe you can draw an apple from memory, but you can’t imagine a new apple, you are lying to me and yourself. There is no way that you can remember a perfect apple from memory, and then NOT imagine a new apple.

You’re taking the world ‘visualization’ way too seriously.

Like I said twice already – people don’t ‘see’ an apple – they have an abstract idea of an apple (just like your memory), and thus can draw a completely new apple from scratch.

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Anonymous (328) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@stevenv, What’s the difference of a memorized apple and a new visualized apple? The memorized apple is rotten. BA DUM TSS!

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Anonymous (0) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@motorik, hahah that was a great joke.

@ijesuschrist, I understand what you’re saying but how are you so sure other people can’t see vivid images of what they wish to visualize.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@stevenv, Cause I can do both.

Serious visualization is incredibly rare, but you and anyone else can do it.
Sleep deprivation & psychedelics.

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@stevenv, You can’t do that?

edit: actually I posted a video from the movie Cashback, but removed it to censor my post.

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Anonymous (0) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@ijesuschrist, How do you know it’s rare? and yeah I know that. I can’t wait to get my hands on some psychedelics.

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Hachi1 (21) (@SFHardy) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@stevenv, Why do you want to use psychedelics to see vivid images? You can simply see real images by using your eyes!

I agree with what @ijesuschrist has been saying. When I said I have clear images of things like origami, as I said before, it isn’t in the form of “sight images”. I know exactly what’s happening because I can imagine the shapes and how they change but it is nothing to do with eye sight. It’s so difficult to explain :(

I can see an apple in my mind. I can see it shrivel up as if it were recorded on a fast forwarding camera. I know for a fact though that I can’t actually see it. It’s like a.. it’s simply a thought. A thought in my mind that is expressed with an image I suppose.

This is so impossible to explain. I do believe you’ve misinterpreted the definition of a “visualization” though – I visualize a lot and it looks clear but it is NOTHING like actually seeing something. It feels completely different.

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Anonymous (0) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@sfhardy, I’m just looking forward to the spiritual experience. An experience I can learn from not really the hallucinations but that would be cool.

Yeah that’s what I was thinking it was coming to. What I was trying to see if other people can’t actually see an image in their head.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@stevenv, Cause I’m god, dur

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Ray (4) (@brainofmorbius) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

Sure you can Steven. Tell me, what does your front door look like? What does your car look like? What does your favorite shirt hanging in the closet look like? This is all visualization. “Visualization” is just a fancy name for the images you see in your mind when you think of something.

Now, think of something imaginary, a unicorn, a wizard, Atlantis. You just saw images of those in your mind didn’t you?

Visualization is directed imagery towards helping you achieve your goals. So you use the same process and imagine yourself being rich, or a famous artist, or a bodybuilder, or whatever you really want to become. You just keep imagining that, picturing it in your mind, day after day, and this will lead you toward the thing…

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zowie (115) (@zowie) 7 years, 2 months ago ago

I remembered smoking and talking to my brother about his car. Then all of a sudden I started to visualize what I was actually talking about and words just came to me naturally. The passion of words were there and I could relate to my brother about what he was doing with his car. After that day, I notice I was not visualizing what I was speaking about and I couldn’t comprehend what I was saying or what the other person was saying. Can anyone relate?

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Minyatur (0) (@minyatur) 6 years, 10 months ago ago

I’ve got the same issue as Stevenv so I’ll try to explain it better since some people don’t seem to understand.

If I’m asked to draw an apple, I’ll think of it in a conceptual way, what’ll come to my mind is just like a textual description of an apple in my thoughts. I’ll know it’s supposed to be round but not too round and red.. but while drawing it, my proportions will be totally off (an apple isn’t a good exemple but let’s say drawing someone) and I’ll have to erase and adapt from what I’ve already drawn.

I’ve got absolutely no sensory memory. I remember things in concepts and words, I won’t remember or be able to draw the face of someone close to me, unless I try to draw it and erase until I feel satisfied while looking at it but without drawing anything I can’t get a clue of the final result. This holds true for all senses except sound but then again just like stevenv I can hear myself talking in my head, I can talk instead of others but will never get the sound of an instrument, an object or anything other than my voice.

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Marlon (97) (@shoeopener) 7 years, 3 months ago ago

You’ve grown now. No effort required.

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Dominik (0) (@Dominik-Ernst) 1 year, 5 months ago ago

I can’t visualize my mothers face!

That’s something i think about myself!

I just hear my inner voice talking. I cant see images or hear sounds, i just hear words and somethimes see little texts.

I’m a gymnast. Visualizing movements is part of the training. 

I learned hardly to visualize some blurry fast images, but i can’t stop them or see them in detail.

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