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Aphantasia - inability to visualise

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Sarah
Sarah
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Jul 17th, 2022 08:23
Aphantasia - inability to visualise

I'm seeing a client who says they have aphantasia - the inability to visualise which makes it difficult to use scripts with visual imagery. I used a confusion induction with her last time, does anyone have any ideas for other inductions and deepeners that don't rely on visualisation? Thank you in advance.

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Holli Currie
Holli Currie
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Jul 18th, 2022 06:58
Re: Aphantasia - inability to visualise

To help her to realize he capacity for visualization you could ask her questions about something like her car, or kitchen, or favorite jeans. Things like, what colour are they, how many doors, or pockets or what does the floor look like. When she answers the questions, ask her how she knew that information. Chances are she will realize she is referencing a picture in her mind which of course, is visualization. Otherwise direct suggestion scripts can take the place of visualization, or maybe you can use phrases like “ remember, think about, or get a sense of, instead of the term visualize.

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Sarah Herd
Sarah Herd
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Aug 14th, 2022 13:49
Re: Aphantasia - inability to visualise

Thank you so much for your response Holli - very helpful

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Kim Kane
Kim Kane
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Aug 14th, 2022 15:31
Re: Aphantasia - inability to visualise

Hey Sarah, I worked for a while with a client who couldn't visualize, but he was able to process auditory guidance quite well. It was fun inventing auditory clues (and even making the sounds myself) in session. For example for trees I used wind, or a boat the sound of waves lapping and that sort of thing.

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Chris Wells
Chris Wells
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Jan 15th, 2023 09:28
Re: Aphantasia - inability to visualise

she does not need to visualise just ask her to pretend instead
for example pretend that your eyelds ate bonded and glued shut and that the harder you try to open them y the more stuck they become
and then test by asking them to try to open their eyes with the suggestion that the just wont open

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Carol Hutchinson
Carol Hutchinson
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Jan 19th, 2023 16:52
Re: Aphantasia - inability to visualise

I find that people do visualise, but they are not aware they are doing so...when I put it to the test with my Brother - who declared he can't visualise, the five tests I put him through without telling him what my reasons were, he proved in each one, that he does indeed visualise but has created a block in his understanding of what visualisation means.. Yes, using the word pretend is a great way to overcome the block they have created around their idea of visualising.

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Chris Wells
Chris Wells
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Jan 20th, 2023 03:43
Re: Aphantasia - inability to visualise

Use the hand drop inducuion- get client to follow your instructins such as liik into my eyes look left look right ask permission for them to press on your hand close eyes and tell them to press as hard as they can on your hand and distract by saying harder harder and then ley your hand drop suddenly without warning and say instanylt sleep and follow with deepeeners immediately rorks well in most cases

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