I cannot mentally visualize.
January 23, 2010 10:31 AM Subscribe
I do not have the ability to visualize. Is there anything that is possible to do to correct that?
posted by gibbsjd77 to Health & Fitness (43 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
I first realized that I could not visualize at the age of 15. I was having a conversation with a friend and said "wouldn't it be cool if you could clearly see something in your head?" He replied, "what are you talking about, everybody can do that." To which I said "No, I know what things look like mentally, but I cannot see them. I can't see my mothers face, a lemon, or a house; but I could roughly describe what they look like." Before this event I never had any idea that other people could clearly see things in their minds. I even out of curiosity tried mescalin once hoping that I would have some type of visual hallucinations, or clear mental pictures. I didn't see a dang thing. I felt crazy weird and my perceptions of my body went all crazy, but I didn't see colors, shapes, nothing. So this boils down to my question: Is there anything I can do to "work on" my mental visualization? If not, does anyone else share this same "defect" I put that in quotes, because I never have any particular problems because of it (other than being horrible at directions). Thanks for your time and responses. Have a great day!