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    Default How do you "see" your thoughts/inner mental process?

    How do different types/people "see" their thoughts?

    I see still images and moving pieces of film, pretty much all the time. I have to make a conscious effort to black things out and even then it doesn't usually last long.

    I think that I tend to take past experiences that are part of my mental/visual bank of images and sort of springboard/expand/extrapolate from that. Like whatever memory/mental image I have is where the last movie ended, and I'll start growing the next movie from that. Sometimes those images/bits of film that emerge are so vivid that it's almost like they are memories too. Perhaps why I can take things so hard when I've allowed myself to dream too much and then my dreams are shattered. It's almost like those dreams are true memories.

    Often there's a sort of audio track, but it's usually someone talking...usually me...sort of inner conversations with myself or with another whose presence I imagine, I suppose.

    I hear snatches of music a lot too - often I'm not sure why and then I trace it back and realise that I'd just heard a word or phrase which triggered a song lyric ---> a song.

    I tend to be able to translate all this into words fairly easily. I'm (partly) a writer by trade so it doesn't tend to be too difficult. It feels almost effortless sometimes. If I'm not finding the right word or phrase I sort of poke at or play around with what I have already and then the right word/phrase will emerge. Kind of like the Orcs being born in LOTR, haha.

    It's really confused but really logical at the same time. Hard to explain.

    I'm curious about what the inside of others' heads look like.
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    I see lego pieces everywhere. But I like to mix it up a bit. I was never one to complete the set you got in one box.

    Actually, not really. I'm not sure how to answer this.

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    While I can imagine what the OP might think like, while I can 'see' images and 'hear' sounds, my thought processess are less defined than that. I kind of think in a cloud of different ideas with different concepts with different densities and flows. If I think about a cup, the cup's existence in my mind is an archetype with streams flowing to 'wells' in one direction and 'pots' in another. My actual thought processess aren't very word heavy, or visually heavy.. things are like almost icons that are being manipulated/transformed.

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    When it comes to my thought process, I tend to see it as a big concept map with things attached to each other. Then I fall inside this mental network and then travel through concept to concept... seeing either images, memories running like a hazy film grain movie, with a musical soundtrack set to it. Almost everything I experience in my inner thoughts has a musical soundtrack along with it. It's almost my mental landscape is my own personal universe that I get to explore, and I don't think that I have explored all of it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousFeeling View Post
    When it comes to my thought process, I tend to see it as a big concept map with things attached to each other. Then I fall inside this mental network and then travel through concept to concept... seeing either images, memories running like a hazy film grain movie, with a musical soundtrack set to it. Almost everything I experience in my inner thoughts has a musical soundtrack along with it. It's almost my mental landscape is my own personal universe that I get to explore, and I don't think that I have explored all of it yet.
    Oh, I relate to this too. Somewhat at least, I think. I have "concept maps" (good term) of the timeline of history, and the timeline of my own life in my head. As you say, with images attached, sounds, words, whatever. And the two timelines/maps intersect and can overlay. They can also stretch or contract depending on what I'm "looking" at. And they seem to be going somewhere. They seem to have a point.
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    Strange coincidence. I was just chatting with an e-friend about this, the other day so:

    My brain feels like there's a upper layer, where it's noisy through verbalisations, fuzzy pictures, need to x,y,z, etc. Then below that, there's this place where conceptualisations happen that pop answers in and out of the noisy layer, where everything is a fuzzy framework. And then there's a deeper layer.

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    I still don't know how to answer this. When I get deep in thought, I see a lot of problems and obstacles. I'm not exactly "flowing". There's friction and head banging. Heh.

    I visualize scenarios on how to manuever around or be clever around them. Or crush them. Or be discouraged, for that matter. I guess when it comes to people they're just realistic set pieces, like out of a movie or play. Nothing symbolic or focused on the concepts themselves. Many concepts usually have representatives, in the form of a person. I would say I'm usually very subjective, where I'm focused on my own sense of things and my position in them. I'm not detached from myself, where I'm seeing multiple points of view.

    I like music, and play it as well, but it rarely comes into thought.. unless there's an actual song being played. I guess. I've never been one to remember lyrics either, let alone relate many songs to my own life. And my own music is composed with an instrument in hand. I rarely prepare anything like that.. even if I hear a new song idea in my head, it becomes something entirely different when I try to play it.

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    I don't visualze all that well. I have more auditory thoughts. My ex used to make fun of me because when we would go shopping, I would tap an object to 'hear' what it was made out of...like a vase for example.
    I have strong associations with some sounds, almost like flashbacks. Some are positive and feel good; others are unsettling. one of the stock iphone ringtones is very negative to me because of an association with an event.

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    A topic that crosses my mind from time to time because I wonder about how different the description of other peoples thought processes seems to me than my own.

    They say that no one "really" thinks just in words, that everyone would think in images or so. I cannot really see a lot of that. Yes, sometimes I may think visually as well, but it is not easy for me always, and often it is not a clear picture, more some kind of shade of a picture. More usually I just "talk" in my mind I would say, and often I jump from idea to idea seemingly spontaneously. Like, there is a problem, I immediately get an idea and formulate the idea in my head (or write it down / tell it to someone) and already while doing so I notice that I have to fix or add something here and there. I really cannot describe how I think any more precisely.

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    Most things are in conceptual charts for me. They're usually accompanied with color, mostly yellow if I find the concept dynamic enough. I visualise too, but I can't visualise things that are too complex. The concepts are often complicated but the visual is usually simple.
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