Genuinely interested about this, so I hope I get some answers!
This is something I’ve only been aware of in recent months when I saw a poll/thread on Twitter. I have aphantasia, or a a blind mind’s eye (although on the rare occasion I sleep properly, I dream extremely vividly). More info, here:
This means that if you say: ‘close your eyes and imagine your mum’s face’, I close my eyes and see the back of my eyelids. I think of my mum’s face and can describe her looks, the colour of her hair, her expressions as they form... but I see no picture. It’s just me thinking ‘Ok, short pale hair, little face, her eyes have this expression, she has a mole by her eyebrow, etc.’ I do not see a picture or image of her actual face. At best, I might get vague flashes.
And I only just found out very recently that I am meant to be in the minority.
So, what’s it like for you guys? Do you have a mind’s eye? Do you see pictures? How clear are they?