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Anybody have a visual memory?

I never really gave this much thought, because like 99% of everybody I went to school where they cram abstract and verbal ways of thought down your throat until it's like it's always been that way. I was always able to imagine things visually though. Not super detailed master pieces or anything. I would do this thing sort of like day dreaming for a whole hour sometimes two hours before sleeping. I would just lay there in bed and imagine these fun silly scenarios or things I would want to try some day. I used my imagination a lot up until college when I took life drawing and painting classes as well as a slew of graphic design stuff.  After more schooling my brain was sorta forced back into abstract modes of thought again.

Here recently though, since I've been living here, just doing my own thing,  I think the visual part of my brain is more active again. A big example of that is that whenever I'm looking for something around my place, I immediately get an image in my head of where I last saw it. I've done that with my glasses, walking right up to where they were.  Other things like keys or my exacto knife or clothes do the same thing. Just today I went grabbing for my xacto knife to cut some plastic and I saw a little "movie" in my head of myself using it to cut open a box on my desk. It's really odd because I've never done things like this before, at least I don't remember it being like an automatic reflex, so it's a little strange but at the same time comforting.  It's definitely different from imagining because having to imagine something takes a little more work and "lags" a bit heh. This just feels like a real memory and feels "right" when it happens and it always is when I go to check. There was only one time however when I really really wished I could find something, so I tried to force it and it turned out to be wrong. I was kind of shaken then because I was used to "it" being right all the time heh. That'll teach me to use wishful thinking and force things in place of really knowing!

So, that's my experience so far. Does anyone else deal with this? Is it hard to tell the difference between memory and wishful thinking?
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Added: 6 years, 3 months ago
6 years, 3 months ago
Hmm, yep, definitely a visual memory guy
6 years, 3 months ago
Hmm...and, yeah, usually I just try to let it "come to me" when I'm trying to remember certain stuff...Usually when I'm trying to remember where something is XD
6 years, 3 months ago
I have a visual memory and learn by doing.  This is why I've trained in mechanical things.  I'm good with my hands - not only am I able to use them skillfully, they are strong.  I type fairly quickly and with a reasonable degree of accuracy.  I have a feeling that I could use this skill and ability to my advantage in a relationship.

However, I've got limited patience despite my want and desires to learn new things like drawing.

What you describe as a "video" happens when I'm (day)dreaming.  Things I see here and on other sites can activate this, and because of it, I've written I don't even want to know how many pages of things developing on ideas and situations I've seen or done.  

Writing has been the only way for me to extract what is contained within the confines of my noggin.  Yet I'm too shy and afraid of being popular to release any of it.
6 years, 3 months ago
I have a visual memory but it doesn't help I space out until someone snaps me out of it
6 years, 3 months ago
To some degree, yes.  I have a mental "white board" I can store stuff on for a few days.  The more elaborate it is, the shorter it stays there, though, unless it's something I'm really intrigued by.  At its most extreme, I had three different boards going with all sorts of crazy stuff, and was able to pull it up a week later, but that is by no means normal for me.  I generally just use it to do simple math on the spot when I don't have pen and paper, or to keep a note on something for later.  :-]
6 years, 3 months ago
When I was younger, no, I used verbal memory and repeated all the information, until it was beaten in my head, but over the years, I've developed more of a visual memory and I use my best friend's technique of a "filing cabnet" memory, where I organize certain things I learn and using my memory, I store it away,so when I need to bring it back out, I pull out the file and recite it from visual memory. It sounds a bit convoluted, but I trained myself to help organize my head, since I'm clinically ADD, so my brain is scattered all the time. I needed some form of organization. XD
6 years, 3 months ago
At times I am a visual person other times Im like a detective. There are times where my parents misplace something and when I say misplace I mean forget where they left it No no they arent senile just plain forgetful at times due to stress or whatever anyways I can read them like a book and I tend to find everything they misplace but again yea Im a visual person at times :)
6 years, 3 months ago
I don't really know what memory I have. I guess mainly abstract or whatever.
6 years, 3 months ago
yes, i have the experience in visual memory. i can remember the layout of the home i live in, when i was 2 or 3. not super detailed. but i can go back far. and some times when im looking for something, i know where it was. i have not dealt with telling the difference between memory and wishful thinking. so i guess it not that hard.
6 years, 3 months ago
I have normal CRS memory (Can't Remember Shite).
6 years, 3 months ago
i'm visual X3
6 years, 3 months ago
I didn't know that searching for a missing item or imagination works any other way? :o

The only difference with me is that beside searching and imagining visually, I remember words and sounds acoustically pretty well.
6 years, 3 months ago
well.. heres a quick test... while you are reading my text try not to think of an elephant. now at some point the past few seconds your brain recalled a photo or picture or depiction of an elephant you saw in the past.

the difference between an abstract memory and visual memory is experience. if i describe: a red object about four inches wide, two inches tall, and 8 inches long made of extremely hard kiln-baked clay, you are likely to arrive at 'brick', but while i was describing it your brain was building the object abstractly with no image to sustain the idea until it hit a conclusion.

i can tell you one thing though, abstract memory is a lot more difficult to build than visual. our brain is built to use visual keying on a lot of things in our world: what plants to eat, what bugs to kill, and what animals to hide from; while id like to see it but wouldnt want to experience it would be to 'hide' from an abstract description of an animal hunting you.
6 years, 3 months ago
I'm very much a visual learner. If you tell me the directions to something, I'll most likely forget them in three seconds and get lost. But if I drive (or walk) somewhere once, I can usually remember those directions as turn-by-turn GPS navigation in my head, even though I have no idea what any of the street names are.

Another example -- the abstract ideas around algebra were torture for me. I couldn't function trying to do it. But geometry was an absolute breeze because I had concrete visual ideas to work from.
6 years, 3 months ago
Yeaaaah I have a kind of photographic memory that relies more on visuals than anything else.  I can remember layouts of places pretty well, and I remember streets but not street NAMES very well.  I had the same thing as you too where I envision where I left something, if I've noted it, and just walk right to there.
6 years, 3 months ago
There are many different learning types. I too am a visual learner but also like motoric learning. If I really wanted to learn something difficult I wrote it down. Once I wrote something with my own hand I usually remembered it very well.

And I daydream an hour before actually falling asleep as well ;3
6 years, 3 months ago
I'm pretty sure it's why I took so quickly to learning written Japanese (and ancient Chinese/Korean, for that matter)...
6 years, 3 months ago
Definetively, I don't have visual memory (how the hell did I learn to draw?!)... By a hand, I can learn some things only by watching (I learned to play guitar this way), but I often to forget important things (names of people or places, phone numbers and in some cases, I even forget what I ate in the day before!).

That's strange, because I can memorize a song just by listening sometimes, but is a bit hard to fix a image into my mind, for example (generally, I only can remember of shapes and colors).
6 years, 3 months ago
That happens to me all the time looq X3
6 years, 3 months ago
I have a pretty keen photographic memory. When testing in classes and back in high school, I could recall the pages of a textbook and literally read some excerpts from my mind if I had studied the page for a decent amount of time. I also tend to ignore little word details like names of things, streets, brands, artists, anything to do with a word-based label; however, I could envision exactly how to drive somewhere, or know multiple similar works by the same random person I can't think of, or in general just visualize the things I've seen versus the main identifying language elements. Writing out words and things to study helps me because I can recall the pages I've typed as well.

And I've had MANY moments of confusion regarding my daydreaming, REM dreaming, and reality, particularly if a nap is involved somewhere. My dreams tend to be very realistic/vivid, but at night it's more likely that I'll remember it was a dream because I tend to feel some resulting emotion that tends to last most of the day as well. If I'm daydreaming a lot, however, sometimes I can confuse myself with what actually happens/happened versus what I imagined. I like to imagine many different scenarios or ideas, it's the problem solver in me, so I sometimes lose track of it.
6 years, 3 months ago
I have this.  Music strengthens my vision.... always.  I can see it with my mind's eye.  Just like you said its not always perfect but it is definitely a vision of something.
6 years, 3 months ago
I am fairly visual though it leans more on recognition than full on visual memory
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