What does 'saw myself going' mean here?

I saw on the door surgery began at 8:30 and I ought to have guessed there would be a lot of people as usual, but for some reason I just saw myself going in and seeing the doctor straight off.

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    For easier reading, read "imagined" instead of "saw." "I imagined/expected I would go in and see the doctor right away."
    – WBT
    Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 18:29
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    Picturing implies hope not expectation. Assuming you can imply either from the mental image. It's best to keep it to simply what was imagined. Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 19:23

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It means something like "I expected that I would go in ..." It's not particularly an idiom in this sense.

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    To clarify, the bold words in the OP are misleading. The entire remainder of the sentence is what the quoted person expected, not just "myself going". Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 16:48

The definition of to see that's being used here is

3 a : to form a mental picture of : visualize

So you can parse this as

I visualized (what did I visualize?)
myself (doing what?)
going in

  • +1 Yes, this. It is picturing yourself going in, not necessarily expecting yourself to go in. More likely, if something were to follow from what you had pictured, it would be hoped. Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 19:18
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    @JasonBassford "Picture one's self" is a great substitution for "see one's self." "Picture yourself in a boat on a river..." for example.
    – barbecue
    Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 19:22

In this sort of context what you're reading is commentary on a prediction, not literal experiences.

They constructed an erroneous scenario in their mind where they would be able to go straight into the doctor's office rather than, for example, waiting an hour.

This usage of See is almost always in a predictive scenario-driven context, similar to Oracles "seeing" the future.

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