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Do you think in words or pictures?

Do you think in words or pictures?  

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I had this interesting thought and then I began wondering if most people were visual thinkers or thought mostly in words? I know I think almost exclusively in words and it's hard for me to drum up a mental image, but I've met people who think almost exclusively in a visual fashion. Or are there people out there who use them equally? Do you think in other ways than words or pictures?

 

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Visual, definitely. I don't think I think in words much, if at all.

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Usually a mix, although sometimes I just think without words or pictures. It's kind of like the feeling you get when you know the meaning of a word, but you don't know how to define it. It'a annoying sometimes, since I can't really but what I'm thinking into words all the time. DX

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I do a bit of both, like I'll think of the word of something and then i think of the thing too, but mostly I think in images. If I have to think of a word I also think of the letters that form the word and not just the word and it's meaning. But mostly I am a visual thinker.

 

This topic would also tie into whether someone is left-brained or right-brained.

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This topic would also tie into whether someone is left-brained or right-brained.

I was thinking that myself.

 

It's possible that if you mainly use the analytical part of your brain, you could probably be a "word" thinker, whereas someone who uses the other side could probably be someone who thinks with images.

 

Not sure if it matters or not, but I think mainly with images and am left-handed. laugh.gif

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That's interesting though, because despite thinking mostly in words I'm relatively artistic. I mean... I get down when my muse is out of commission. I get random and spontaneous urges to write poems. My creative side is almost as strong as my analytic... I just prefer to be creative with words I suppose.

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i do both. i sort of picture something, then i have a habit of trying to put words to what i picture, as if i'm writing a book. i dunno why i do it. its like im trying to narrate my life in a monologue and put words to my thoughts rather than wordlessly think them.

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Always think in pictures. Very useful when it comes to drawing. I just need to copy down what I see biggrin.gif

 

Edit: Right handed, but am capable of doing things like drawing with my left hand. So I guess I'm both.

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I actually have a hard time grasping how people can think in pictures. I can hardly do it at all, and it requires a lot of concentration.

 

I'm like the opposite of lizardtail; I try to put pictures with the words of my thoughts occasionally.

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Huh. Well, it seems I'm the only one twho voted "other."

 

I think in emotions. Instead of words or pictures, I feel things when I look at stuff, and when I think back to something, I don't remember an image; it's a feeling that I felt when I was experiencing that thing.

 

Anyone else like this?

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I actually have a hard time grasping how people can think in pictures. I can hardly do it at all, and it requires a lot of concentration.

 

I'm like the opposite of lizardtail; I try to put pictures with the words of my thoughts occasionally.

Me too. I can only produce an image once I've clarified what it is with words in my head.

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I do both. Mainly words more than pictures..

 

Though sometimes I end up writing a story or something based on a random image that appears in my head. Most of the time the image is placed there by someone saying something though....

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It's difficult for me to think in images. It's like I can see an image for a split second or two before it disappears, which is frustrating if I feel like drawing. xd.png

Normally, I just tend to ramble on and on in my mind. tongue.gif

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I wasn't aware that people thought in words blink.gif

Thought that only happened in books, lol. That's so weird for me! I always think in pictures, or "videos" (replaying something someone said in my mind, or a future scenario etc).

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I mostly think in words and images at the same time. I guess you could say I think in video clips.

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For me it depends on the situation. Say I'm writing a report or something, or thinking of what I'm about to type right now for instance, then I think about the words that I'm going to say. But, say I'm going to draw, paint, sprite, etc.. then I think about a predefined image that I can base my art off of. In most instances though, since I'm a very artistic person, I usually think in pictures and images.

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I do both equally. They go hand in hand with each other all day long... one without the other is odd to me.... I learn both ways too... and often find myself either drawing a picture to match the words or writing words to match the picture in my notes for classes.

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It's hard to explain for me. When I'm actively thinking, it's like my brain is talking to itself so I'd go with words. But I also picture stuff when I think. I could also sum it up as: I think in pictures, I remember in words. Mostly. My brain thinks in both images and words but more often than not, it's images. But when I remember, I remember best in writing, like actual visible words.

 

That sounded oddly confusing, haha

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I have to agree with above, it really depends. When I'm daydreaming or just thinking about something, it's more words than pictures but they're still there. But everything else is visual.

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Almost exclusively pictures. I occasionally run in to trouble translating a particularly difficult picture-concept into words when I'm trying to explain things.

 

For the record I'm not exactly all that artistic. Musical, perhaps, but my drawing is appalling. And I'm functionally ambidextrous with a preference for the right.

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