That’s what I’m getting at. I always thought of what I did as “visualization.” But it’s seeming to me that reading the OP is causing me to no longer understand what is visualization. Now I think it’s like explaining blue to blind person…
As mentioned by GargoyleWB, I love to read novels. I don’t “visualize” them in the optical sense (I’d always thought I “visualized,” just not as described in the OP) – but I can imagine the feelings in the scenes often enough. Hmmm… now that I think about it, I went through all seven Dark Towers, and have no idea how Roland looks. So maybe I’m not visualizing correctly? Or at all?
As for looking for things on my desk, well, I’d tend to think more geometrically. I don’t see an image of my desk with my stapler. I remember my desk as an object located at a point in space, with various other objects in relation to it. But now that I mention it, do I really do that, or is my self-analysis screwing me up?
Okay, here’s another – I’m a map person. I can look at my start and end points, drop the map, and go. Give me directions, and I’m just screwed. Doesn’t this mean I’m a visual person or something? So why can’t I visualize?