I researched it years ago as i was completely shocked that i was the only one who couldn’t ‘see/visualize’ their happy place with birds, rivers, etc. I brought it to my GP who laughed at me saying that was impossible, so i went to several different DRs til someone listened to me, and confirmed that is what i have. I did numerous studies, trial, tried all kinds of techniques but nothing. I remember not being able to visualize as a child. As a teacher would tell us to close our eyes and imagine an apple; that is it red, and has a brown spot, etc; classmates could ‘see’ the apple but i just saw black. But I can describe an apple for you and go into great detail, but that is based on logically memory not visualization.
I have tried hypnotherapy, medication, astral projection, dream therapy but nothing works. I also don’t dream, or at least I don’t remember them. (Again, tried lots of techniques to help remember them) I do wake up feeling scared or sad, or upset so i assume i had a dream that i don’t recall. I do sometime get what i call a polaroid moment - where i will get a sudden ‘flash’ of somehting but i can’t focus on it, or study it or even mentally hold onto it, it just pops up and as quickly as it appears it is gone.
I have tried many different guided meditations and found that i can kinda stay focused on ones that use feelings instead of pictures. Instead of imagine your happy place i enjoy the feelings that are mentioned. Like you are on a beach it is warm and sunny and you are feeling so happy, and content, you can feel the warmth of the sun…