I’m definitely willing to sift through things in the PUA community to give myself some grounding in what to go ahead and do, can you give me any suggestions of where to start looking?
When I say I can’t stimulate visual thinking, I more mean the problem solving element—I can construct visual thoughts in my mind with some effort, but I couldn’t then work through those visualisations as a primary tool to solve problems. I’m curious as to how that works—do people who do this have a better ability to retain a visualisation in their short term memory, whether innate or practiced? Is there more to it than that?
So I find I can force myself to visualise that but it would be consistently born of the concept thought first, like “oh that’s a line perpendicular to the line between X and y” and then I can paint the graph in my mind. But I don’t need to—I can think the concept and then apply it to paper without visualisation and I tend to find that easier.
What intrigues me precisely is visual thinking for problem solving—ie a student who can easily perform arithmetic between graphs by visualising the transformations in their mind rather than doing calculations on paper.