Mind's Eye Training and Coaching
Mind's Eye Training and Coaching
Enters the Scene
AphantasiaMeow has spent the past 2 years working closely with self-prescribed aphantasics as well as low-spectrum visualizers. What started as an experiment with a family member has blossomed into a method. AphantasiaMeow stands for the reality that one can change their conscious experience of life.
What's the Word??
"I had accepted that that was the way it was. I didn’t comprehend the idea that I was capable to see [mental images] until I went through the sessions. These sessions opened my figurative eyes that with discipline and practice, I could finally start to see what others saw."
-Courtney, Coaching Sessions
To This Date
Conversations with people from all across the globe. Helping to clarify and give away a starting point.
Personal Coaching students. These individuals were either self prescribed Aphantasics or low-functioning visualizers.
Of those students experienced subjective breakthroughs of varying degrees. Some dramatic, others very subtle.
Individuals who took part in a public test I created to see how aphantasics sensory multi-tasking differed from phantasics.
Individuals currently involved with creating a new test using Binocular Rivalry, which will be an objective measure of the mind's eye.
However, I will not lie to you and say I am the secret ingredient to growing a mind's eye. Indeed, I can help speed up the process, since I've been doing this a while now. BUT it's important to note that I've even met people whom I did not work with that were able to make progress on their mind's eye functionality.
So What Have We Been Up To?
What is Aphantasia?
Aphantasia is defined as the inability to form mental images of objects that are not present.
Aphantasia is a peculiar phenomenon. There is still so much that the scientific community is discovering about the mind's eye. What is it? How do we define it? Is the experience of the mind's eye the same across the board? That there are so many questions which we're still answering, this makes defining the lack of a mind's eye very challenging.
What we do know is that fMRI data displays a difference in how an aphantasic's mind works compared to a visualizer's. Yet what does this tell us about the benefits of a visual imagination or lack there of?
Do I Have Aphantasia?
How to know for sure?
Answering this question for oneself is definitely a challenge. Research is still sparse and our understanding of the visual imagination in general is constantly growing. This makes self diagnosis tricky. How does one step outside ones own thought-life to know for sure that they indeed are experiencing aphantasia?
One question to ask is this: do you only experience thought in words? If so, you may be aphantasic.
Even so, asking the right questions is only part of challenge. There do exist methods to somewhat test for aphantasia, one being the Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire (VVIQ), though this questionnaire does not directly removing subjectivity. AphantasiaMeow conducted a few tests, but they proved only a measure of sensory multitasking, not an objective measure of the visual imagination. There has not been an easily accessible objective measure for aphantasia, until now...
I am currently developing a test which aims at being the first easily accessible objective measure of an absence or presence of the mind's eye. If you'd like to participate in refining this test, please click below.