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What does mind’s eye mean?
The phrase mind’s eye refers to the part of your mind that allows you to visualize things—to “see” them in your imagination.
When you see something in your mind’s eye, you are picturing it in your mind. This can happen when you have a memory of something that you’ve actually seen, or when you try to visualize something that you haven’t seen or even something that doesn’t exist. When you’re reading a book, the words often cause images to form in your mind’s eye.
The term is also sometimes used as another way to refer to the imagination in general, such as in the context of visualizing abstract things like success.
Example: This author’s writing really makes the story come alive in my mind’s eye.
Where does mind’s eye come from?
The first records of the term mind’s eye come from around 1400.
The mind’s eye is where you can see things without seeing them with your actual eyes. Of course, your memory and imagination also allow you to recall other sensations, such as what something sounded like, tasted like, felt like, or smelled like. But the term mind’s eye is specifically used in reference to visualization.
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How is mind’s eye used in real life?
Mind’s eye can be used in any context in which something is being visualized, such as during a daydream, when having a memory, or when reading a story.
I'm a very visual writer. Every scene in my writing I envision in my mind's eye as I write it, so it's really easy to remember how my characters look. It's like a movie and the book are created simultaneously. That visual aspect also helps keep the emotional charge of scenes.
— Bradley Woods (@bradwoodsbooks) September 8, 2020
"When I remember things I do not see them." A writer with aphantasia on living without a mind's eyehttps://t.co/KGU4BJswFY pic.twitter.com/QYyuZiOfTC
— Electric Literature (@ElectricLit) June 30, 2017
Got some positive feedback on the 1st article I sent to my advisor. I feel better about things. I'm still very stuck on my trial design. I just can't see it practically in my mind's eye.
— Research Pixie (@VenitHiems) July 21, 2020
Try using mind’s eye!
If mind’s eye refers to the part of the mind that allows you to visualize things, what should be the term for the part of the mind that allows you to imagine smells?
A. the mind’s skin
B. the mind’s ear
C. the mind’s nose
D. the mind’s tongue
How to use mind's eye in a sentence
And not just sick in the body but in your mind, because you start obsessing.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The questions going through my mind are: How on earth are there Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers in the heart of Paris?Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
True, this may not be what James Madison had in mind when he was writing the Bill of Rights.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And keep in mind that when Huckabee ran for president in 2008, he won the Iowa caucuses.The Devil in Mike Huckabee|Dean Obeidallah|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Accusing his opponents of being locked in a Cold War mind-set, it is Stone who is beholden to old orthodoxies.Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup|James Kirchick|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Other things being equal, the volume of voice used measures the value that the mind puts upon the thought.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
He was too drowsy to hold the thought more than a moment in his mind, much less to reflect upon it.
"There's just one thing I'd like to ask, if you don't mind," said Cynthia, coming suddenly out of a brown study.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
But Lucy had noted, out of the corner of her watchful eye, the arrival of Miss Grains, indignant and perspiring.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The vision—it had been an instantaneous flash after all and nothing more—had left his mind completely for the time.