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    Default Aphantasia and Ni leads

    In your mind’s eye, you are able to recall and even build images from what you’ve seen (imagination). However for those with aphantasia, they are unable to recall images, as well as unable to utilize imagination in result.

    With this in mind, for Ni leads who deal with imagination like breathing air, I concluded it would be impossible to have been born with this condition and be Ni lead. Although, it’s only images and not ideas that have been subtracted from the mind so maybe there is still slight leeway for this combination to exist (but I highly doubt it).

    Also, it’s not unheard of to get aphantasia after a surgery. So I wondered for those who have been Ni lead with working imagination up until then, how it must be like for them—probably more devastating than for the average person. Though could this lead to a change of type with enough stress and sufficient drive to adapt?

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    I was just thinking about someone who said he had this and that he may have been ILI.

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    I may not have aphantasia but I have severe memory loss

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    the function of Ni is like stream of consciousness/pure-ego stuff.... not really image based, although I think you tap into this better the more you are using Fe/Se/Si and a person meditates some of that Ni stuff down.

    If Ni existed without Se in a vacuum it would be very much like that but the way Se works with it dualistically kind of stops it.

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    I've known an LIE with something like this. I asked him about his dreams in class one day and be said he didn't see anything. It was like he dreamed in logical abstractions or something. It was very unusual from my perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramas View Post
    I've known an LIE with something like this. I asked him about his dreams in class one day and be said he didn't see anything. It was like he dreamed in logical abstractions or something. It was very unusual from my perspective.

    My dreams are more like waking experiences, more like movies with people, locations, and a story, although the physics is sometimes altered a bit from the real world.

    Most of the images that I construct in my dreams are nearly as detailed as real-world images, but occasionally I will be looking at something and will see it with crystal clarity, and that's when I start thinking that I'm in a dream.

    Functionally, the brain reconstructs everything, including present senses and past memories, from very sparse data. When these objects in my dream take on more and more detail, it's like watching a rendered image being constructed on a computer screen. I can see the machinery as it happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Strange View Post
    My dreams are more like waking experiences, more like movies with people, locations, and a story, although the physics is sometimes altered a bit from the real world.

    Most of the images that I construct in my dreams are nearly as detailed as real-world images, but occasionally I will be looking at something and will see it with crystal clarity, and that's when I start thinking that I'm in a dream.

    Functionally, the brain reconstructs everything, including present senses and past memories, from very sparse data. When these objects in my dream take on more and more detail, it's like watching a rendered image being constructed. I can see the machinery as it happens.
    Yeah.. As I've gotten more aware of my dreams over the years, I've realized they have a lot of similarity to Alice in Wonderland. There's a lot of inconsistency and incoherence in them, and one odd reference that pops into the dream can shift a context or plot entirely. I had one dream where the setting was a Walmart. A moment later it shifted to a football field, with the character I was talking to just continuing on as if nothing happened lol.

    Reading that couple of stories was oddly and unexpectedly scary for me at times once I saw through the cracks of the plot into the dreamlike qualities of the story. A kid might read the book and just get into the story and enjoy the adventures. Me on the other hand, I was noticing the incoherence of one moment to the next along with how keen the characters seemed to be without the coherence. I also noticed how Alice was affected by the dreams and how Alice affected the dreams unconsciously and they all shifted along. It's pretty spooky if you think about it too much lol.

    I sort of get the underlying benevolent intent of it though. Alice naively walks through the dream with an expectation of adventure and enjoyment, asking, "When will I be queen?" And that's what happens at the end of the dream before she wakes up.

    I'm thinking about Crowley's recommendation that everyone read Alice in Wonderland, especially if they're going through the abyss, whatever that is. Shrug lol.

    Lewis Carroll must have had some good dream memory or lucid dreaming skills to be able to write a book like that one. He even took into account how sensory experiences in the real world so to speak can impact the content of a dream especially on the borders of the dream state. I've noticed that myself before.

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    Here's my reasoning. Ni leads indeed are like that, however, consider that you don't need images in order to create a world. It can be like a text adventure, or similar.

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    Quite interesting. My mind generates ridiculous amount real time fantasy which is treated with humongous blur filter and internally expressive bursts.... and people just can not figure out out why on earth I laugh so much alone.
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    Indeed, that is about right for me too. It's obviously because what you think is funny.

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