Cognitive restructuring through guided imagery: lessons from Gestalt Therapy

Edwards, D.J.A. (1989) Cognitive restructuring through guided imagery: lessons from Gestalt Therapy. In: Comprehensive Handbook of Cognitive Therapy. Plenum Press, New York, pp. 283-297. ISBN 0-306-43052-5



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[From the text]: Words are powerful tools of thought and communication, but visual imagery has a similar role that is more archaic, powwerful and encompassing. The human infant represents the world to himself or herself in imagery and fantasy long before he or she says his or her first word. The signs of the use of visual imagery still remain in cave paintings that go back thousands of years. In motre advanced cultures, the legacy of complex mythologies ricg in visual representations of personal and archetypal themes attest to the fact that men and women have used this medium in diverse and sophisticated ways for millennia in their quest for understanding and mastery of self and environment. Although words allow reality to be broken up into a manageable coding of the flow of events in the world, visual imagery has a holistic character that allows it to capture the often intricate relationships between specific facts, beliefs, and assumptions that may be individually isolated in verbal representation. In therapy, imagery can provide a special kind of access to cognitive structures that allows the structures to be worked with in ways that the linear and analytical verbal techniques cannot.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:cognitive therapy; cognition; behaviour therapy; behavior therapy; guided imagery
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