By Dra. Margarita Mendoza Burgos
If a disease affects between a 2 and a 5 percent of world population, I should turn on an alert light. But nevertheless, that does not happen with fantasy, an evil that is characterized by not being able to create images in the mind and that is almost unknown to the general public.
The little information and the little dissemination by the scientific community may be due to the fact that it is not a disease that causes death, but that it can generate mental disorders.
As usual, our memories are accompanied by images that we see naturally when we remember any event, thing or person. But in the case of people who suffer from fantasy it is impossible. For this reason, they find it difficult to make descriptions, since these must be done from memory and without the help of brain visualization.
“Fantasy challenges some of our most basic assumptions about the human mind”, explica Alexei Dawes, from the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Australia. “Most of us assume that visual imagination is something everyone has., something fundamental to the way we see and move around the world. But, What does it mean to have a 'blind mind’ for the mental trips we take every day when we imagine, we remember, we feel and dream?”.
Dawnes himself, eager to explore that universe without images, conducted a study that has recently been published in the journal Scientific Reports and that reflects surprising results. They surveyed more than 250 people who suffer from this condition and it was concluded that it is not only associated with the absence of visual images, but also with a generalized pattern of changes in other important cognitive processes. People with fantasy reported a reduced ability to remember the past, imagine the future, and even dream.
Study participants completed a series of questionnaires on topics such as image strength and memory. The results were compared with the responses of 400 independent control persons. Participants were asked to recall a scene from their life and rate its liveliness using a five-point scale., in which one indicated “No image at all, I only know’ that I am remembering the memory”, and five was “Perfectly clear and as vivid as normal vision”.
While people with fantasy would not have been able to imagine the image of a sunset, many could have imagined the feeling of sand between the toes, or the sound of seagulls and waves crashing. But nevertheless, the 26 percent of participants in the afantastic study reported a broader lack of multisensory imaging, including sound images, touch, movement, taste, smell and emotion.
further, individuals with fantasy also experienced less vivid memories of their past and reported significantly less ability to recall past life events in general. Important: not to be confused with Alzheimer's disease, where the patient does not remember. In fantasy, memories do not have the color and vividness of all the senses
Another reason why very little is said about this pathology is the lack of information. In fact, this is one of the first studies on the disease. People who suffer from it may not realize it or will not give it extreme importance. Unless your fantasy is one of the deepest, since there are different degrees of it. In the event that the patient is aware of the problem, produces deep sadness that can lead to depression. And, at least there is one 2% of the population that suffers from this disease, means that at least there is 150 millions of people who suffer from it. What if you are one of them? The answer is hidden in your mind.