Wasn't sure where to put this so it's in the chill bit. I'm just curious to what you other creatives "see when you close your eyes". If you think of an apple, do you see an apple in your mind or is it blank? Reason I ask is that about 15 years ago, I realised that I couldn't form a mental picture in my mind. All I see is the back of my eyelids. Black. Nothing. I only recognised this properly after talking on another 'Illustration' forum when someone else mentioned this an I had an epiphany moment. It was greeted by many of the other members with hostility and disbelief for some strange reason. "That's impossible, you can't be an Illustrator and have no visual imagination". Many psychologists agree with this as it goes against many of the teachings about cognitive thought. Anyhow, I was really interested as to what this was all about but until recently there was almost nothing on the web about it. Last year Exeter University started research into it and gave it a name "Aphantasia" which means no imagination and I'm part of their programme. Since then, many, many other people have found they have it without ever really knowing and here's my point: It's come to light that ironically, a very high number of people who have this are creatives. Much higher than the norm and it seems to go against logic. How can people that create do so with no visual imagination? My theory is that without a 'minds eye' you are pushed to use other things, such as paper and pencil and it starts there almost like on odd gift. There's loads of other spin off effects like difficulty reading novels, terrible with directions, putting names to faces. The list goes on. I just wondered as this is a forum for creatives, how many of you may have it without even knowing? Try it. Close your eyes. Think of an apple of something and what do you see? If there's nothing there then you have Aphantasia.