38: Autism, Aphantasia, and this Youtube/Podcast thing

This podcast cost me quite a few nerves and hours. Things just didn't want to be recorded. I think I recorded four hours of footage before I decided to start over—and recorded another two hours of footage. Editing all this stupidly-long footage took a long time as well. But it is done.

Today, I'll talk about not only about the show, how it ended up where it ended up, and where I hope it'll be headed in the future, but also about autism and aphantasia.

I recently learned that I am on the spectrum. I am autistic. It was quite the relief, shock, and revelation. At 31, I am relearning who I am and discovering what it means to be neurodivergent. I'll share the story of getting a diagnosis as an adult woman in another video, so today will all be about the discovery.

The third topic of the day is aphantasia which I discovered while researching autism (obsessively...). Aphantasia is an inability to voluntarily visualize. The mind is a fascinating place. I'll share what aphantasia is, how you figure out if you are aphantastic, and what it means for me.

Mentioned in this episode:

Embrace Autism | The ultimate autism resource
Research & experience-based autism content for personal elucidation & empowerment. By autistic people, for autistic people.
r/Aphantasia: /r/Aphantasia is a place to discuss your discovery stories, issues or questions, and any news coverage or research about Aphantasia …
Aphantasia Network · Image Free Thinking
A place to discover and learn about aphantasia
Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand is a writer, youtuber, and podcaster about sustainability, minimalism, and living a life worth living.