The Power of Human Imagination: New Methods in Psychotherapy by Jerome L. Singer, Kenneth S. Pope

By Jerome L. Singer, Kenneth S. Pope

For at the least 1/2 the 20 th century, psychology and the opposite psychological future health professions all yet neglected the numerous adaptive pos­ sibilities of the human present of images. Our capability probably to copy points of interest, sounds, and different sensory stories via a few kind of critical mind approach keeps to stay a mysterious, alma st awesome ability. simply because imagery is rather a lot a personal adventure, experimental psychologists chanced on it tough to degree and grew to become their attentian to observable behaviors which could simply be studied in ani­ maIs in addition to in people. Psychoanalysts and others operating with the emotionally disturbed endured to take imagery informatian se­ riously within the kind of dream experiences, transferenee fantasies, and as symptoms of hallucinations or delusions. mostly, despite the fact that, they emphasised the maladaptive elements of the phenomena, the dis­ tortions and defensiveness or the "regressive" traits of daydreams and sequences of pictures. the current quantity grows out of an extended sequence of investigations via the senior writer that experience recommended that having a pipe dream and the circulation of realization will not be easily manifestations in grownup lifetime of persist­ ing phenomena of youth. particularly, the knowledge recommend that imagery sequences characterize a tremendous method of encoding and reworking info, a simple human potential that's unavoidably a part of the brain's garage technique and one who has huge, immense capability for adap­ tive software. A companian quantity, The movement of realization, edited via Kenneth S. Pope and Jerome L.

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Most white people in our society will quickly recognize, whether through dreams or daydream images, some of their latent prejudice against colored minorities. We may surprise ourselyes sometimes, despite our liberaI front, by noticing such tendencies. But at the same time we need not be overwhelmed by guilt. We are, after all, reflecting a tremendous range of cultural experience in our thoughts and fantasies. The awareness of such tendencies may alert us more effectively to the way in which such prejudices might eventually work their way into behavior, and we could then avoid such actions more effectively.

Maybe we can think of ourselyes as walking through life toward the setting sun mu ch as in the fade-out of a Chaplin movie. As we head toward that distant horizon, it might be fun, in the mind's eye, to flip a little side kick or a hitch of the belt as Charlie used to do, a gesture that adds just that extra touch of humor and modesty to the journey. References Bandura, A. Effeeting ehange through participant modeling. In J. D. Krumboltz and C. E. ), Counseling methods. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976.

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