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Old 24th April 2013
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Your minds eye and visualization

How do you think, in words, with pictures, a combination of both or in some abstract way?
I can't really visualize pictures in my head, I can't imagine smell , taste or touch, in my head it's all words, there are times I can imagine images but it's foggy and there is no detail and the image is gone in a flash.
I did a search on the web about this and found some really interesting threads about this very subject and I'm pleased to report I'm not alone.

What really amazed me was some folk can visualize so well, really clear images of anything they want at will, and others are the same with smell, touch and taste.
There was one girl who not only can't visualize but also doesn't 'think' with words, she finds it hard to explain but says she thinks in some abstract way without words or pictures, bizarre!!

So how does your mind work?

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Slowly? Happy with graphic images difficult with words and figures
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See pictures and the words just come to describe them
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Re: Your minds eye and visualization

Hi everyone!

My mind seems to work with images, words and 3d spaces (well, to a fair degree anyway!) The last one is probably due to having spent half my life as an engineer trying to get to things I can't quite see so have to "visualise" by searching with touch. People often look at me strangely as I sit there with both hands in a machine up to my shoulders either with my eyes closed or staring off into the distance!

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Hi everyone!

My mind seems to work with images, words and 3d spaces (well, to a fair degree anyway!) The last one is probably due to having spent half my life as an engineer trying to get to things I can't quite see so have to "visualise" by searching with touch. People often look at me strangely as I sit there with both hands in a machine up to my shoulders either with my eyes closed or staring off into the distance!

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I can relate to that always said that designers should be made to repair 5 years on. Might make them think ?
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My mind seems to work with images, words and 3d spaces ... due to having spent half my life as an engineer trying to get to things I can't quite see
Yes, that is exactly how I work and how I visualise an image. I pre-arrange the composition in my head as I walk towards the subject and then re-arrange the elements of the image in the real world by moving my viewpoint to get the right look. Generally I come across as an old nutcase wandering around aimlessly.

edit: Actually I do sometimes duck and dive and shift from side to side to get a pleasing composition even if I don't have a camera with me. Sorry about that.
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Yes, that is exactly how I work and how I visualise an image. I pre-arrange the composition in my head as I walk towards the subject and then re-arrange the elements of the image in the real world by moving my viewpoint to get the right look. Generally I come across as an old nutcase wandering around aimlessly.

edit: Actually I do sometimes duck and dive and shift from side to side to get a pleasing composition even if I don't have a camera with me. Sorry about that.
I wish I could be as creative as that
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Re: Your minds eye and visualization

Pictures.

Thats how I remember things from the past and I spent too long in a drawing office having to visualise 3D objects from 2D drawings.

Was once asked by a lighting lecturer what I had problems with, visualising the image I wanted or achieving what I visualised. Made me realise I need to think more before I picked up camera rather than shoot and hope.


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Re: Your minds eye and visualization

It's an interesting question that I've long since pondered myself, Paul.

Not until my late 'forties' did I learn that not everyone thought in pictures or in colour.
I cannot conceive how thought could be possible without vizualization, yet obviously it is.

In different ways I have difficulty with words, vocabulary and spelling have always been ok, I'm still learning, especially new words - like "Troll" for example and an archaic one just learnt today from Lyn, "contemn" ... what an ugly word!

Main difficulty is remembering sentences verbatim, I just can't do it. I'm hopeless at understanding written instructions and often disregard them when I do!

I enjoy writing letters of complaint when occasion demands.

Well, there's a lot more to it than that but I will leave it there.
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Re: Your minds eye and visualization

I find a picture far more helpful than words. I also find I can see many more errors in my photos after I have taken the shot than when I'm composing it. I can understand now how good old fashoned polaroid shots can help a film director and lighting crew set up a shoot.
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I wish I could get inside my mind ... it is a truly beautiful place to behold
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Re: Your minds eye and visualization

I can and often try to pre-visualise photographs. I'm not sure if I see them in colour.
In general memory, I have in my mind's eye a model of Scotland (and other places I've been to). If someone asks me a question about a place or an item such as natural history, I mentally zoom into the right place in the model and all sorts of things manifest themselves. All connected with that place. Interestingly I have difficulty remembering the names of people I have met although I never forget a face. So I usually nod non-committally.
My greatest memory disappointment is that I seem to have a block on memorising poetry. I would love to be able, as a couple of my friends do, to recite from memory Tam o'Shanter.
I also knew a young lad who was exceptionally good at music. Not only did he hear it, remember it or compose it but he comprehended it as a colour.
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