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What do your thoughts 'look' like?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Eclipse, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. Eclipse

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    I seem to be getting an awful lot of topic ideas from topics that were just recently created.

    The imagination and the mind's eye are two very incredible and very abstract things. In speeds quicker than almost anything can fathom, thoughts and ideas dart from one side of the mind to the other, and somehow form themselves into words to be communicated - or just stored away for one's own purposes, whatever the case may be.

    Do you have any set patterns as to what your thoughts might 'look' like? Is there some sort of theme or 'appearance' that your mind's eye sets up for your mental drawing board?

    I know that's probably a very weird question to ask without a point of reference, so I'll answer it first, and hopefully that gets my idea across.

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    My mind is very mechanical in nature; it's not much unlike a machine or a computer in how it operates. Generally, it organises my thoughts or questions into list formats, where I either store them to take with me throughout the day, or I check them off one by one as they get accomplished.

    In other instances my ideas and thoughts tend to start vague, and I let them wait or simmer a bit as they take a more concrete form. In occasions like those, I usually don't have answers to the questions right away, so I end up sleeping on it for a bit (or at least waiting) until ideas become more solid, and then I can act on them.

    The thoughts jump around in my head, connecting themselves to one another until I have an idea of what to do. More often than not, rather than explaining my ideas to someone with words, I'll try to illustrate with some sort of picture or image - because, so I believe, it's easier to describe what something looks like if it's seen with the eyes, rather than if it's communicated with the mouth.

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    Abstract as heck, I know, but I have a lot of abstract thoughts and ideas bouncing around. If you want to share a bit about how your mind works, please go on!
     
  2. Wolf Expert

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    Mine, appearance-wise, tend to be something like flecks of colors, sort of like dull fireworks I guess, on black backgrounds while fuller thoughts, such as scenes I try to picture for drawings or scenes from stories, can appear as pretty vivid mental pictures. Words, in addition to hearing them in my head voice, appear as white text on a black background. I think usually in a Calibri font or something similar. Not too unlike the words in LV posts actually.

    Organization-wise, my thoughts are sort of constructed like a "tower" where every floor is a full room to itself and every room is filled with a cluster of thoughts that tend to form into something like an idea web. Whenever I have an idea that isn't fully formed out yet, it's like I go to a room and spend time trying to organize it and build things in it as I add more snippets of information and ideas, sometimes even taking them from other "floors" of the tower. If that makes sense. That might be why I like cleaning so much, because it's actually pretty similar with how my thought process works in general.
     
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  3. BaroqueGrimoire

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    My mind usually just shows speech-sounds as writing. So my inner voice is mostly my inner typewriter, if that makes sense.
    As for thoughts... Well, I'm really into visualising things so I've trained myself to picture things in 3d and place them in surroundings.
    All in all I just think visually, but I like putting those thoughts into words rather than pictures.

    Also mind-palaces. Very useful, use themmmmm~! *_*
     
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    I didn't know other people visualized their words as writing. Maybe it's just a writer thing, I don't know, I always just thought I was weird.
     
  5. Pokémist

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    How are my thoughts. Well they start with a random thing I think then more questions evolves from the answer I give to questions and if I am not able to answer the questions I search for ways how to answer. Its like I picked a leaf from tea to see which one is its twin, its opposite and its whole family.
    I really dont know how to explain but its like chain of questions related to each other, starting from randomness to something serious for me. I said for me because there are many things probably would be a joke to others but meaningful to me.
    I tend to basically forget the questions until the next day, before bed they pops again. It would be funny to say but they have a time to come until they exhaust my mind and I quit thinking that rarely happens.

    Virtually, my thoughts have no image, no picture. Just a blank black space speaking to my mind and starting up a convo.
     
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    My thoughts are always kind of like a painting in a way. You can say this is mostly because I daydream a lot, and my thoughts have always taken the form of an abstract fantasy. This is extremely important to maintain for me for creativity reasons; one of the things I've promised myself when I was a kid is that I would never lose my imagination and to this day (and for as long as I'm alive) I will continue to keep that.

    ... I'm not sure if any of that made any sort of sense whatsoever, but that's the best way I can word about how my thoughts look like.
     
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    My general thoughts seem to be more sound based. Everything has a certain sound and it's kind of hard to describe. Sort of like the sounds you hear vaguely in the distance when you're dreaming.

    My thoughts when reading, daydreaming, drawing or listening to music are colourful and often play out the scenes I'm imagining in full colour but they lack voices. Atmospheric sounds exist but people speak in text? If that makes any sense.
    Colour schemes can often quickly flip between different pallets while I decide on what colours I want to use.

    Wow this is a super interesting topic and I struggled to describe them hahah.
     
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  8. Dawn

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    I often imagine my mind as a grey void, and my thoughts are what fill that void, in whatever shape is most appropriate for them. I don't really have one set way of thinking.
     
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    Very 'dark, grotesque and almost disgustingly transparent'
    Not very nice to look at, let alone have these thoughts.

    I never thought of what my brain processes, as particularly attractive or helpful... lol
     
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    https://www.stufftoblowyourmind.com/podcasts/vault-aphantasia.htm

    I listened to this a little while ago, and have been meaning to post here since. The mere fact that aphantasia exists reminded me that the mind's eye, imagination, and visualization of thought process can be so diverse that in some cases it simply doesn't exist.

    For me, however, the structure of my mind is probably like a mostly empty storage room with a workstation in the middle and no organizational structure whatsoever, but in which I still know where to find everything. As for constant visualization, I don't think I have one. I can conjure images, sure, but my thoughts are almost entirely auditory unless I deliberately make them visual. I kind of which I had something visible though, it's probably pretty helpful.
     
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    in my mind, i project my thoughts onto a white screen, with words just appearing on it! my thoughts also sometimes appears in manga-form. my thoughts are usually words though, manga only appears when i'm thinking about writing and drawing ^^
    my thoughts are pretty much all black and white as a whole, and colours appear only when i'm thinking of single words :o
     
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    Like big bold print words and pictures
     
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    A continuous spiral of various pictures relating to each and every one of my thoughts.
     
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    I have a variety of things, but I tend to imagine real things with some sort of animation style, ranging from Fleischer Brothers to Disney to anime.
     
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