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  • Mental imagery, also called visualization and mental rehearsal, is defined as experience that resembles perceptual experience, but which occurs in the absence of the appropriate stimuli for the relevant perception
  • Stalking the Mental Image
  • Spatial/visual test More rotations took longer
  • Healing Visualization Tips from Dr. Patricia Norris Idiosyncratic is a structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group. Egosyntonic is a psychological term referring to behaviors, values, feelings that are in harmony with or acceptable to the needs and goals of the ego. Kinesthetic is the sense that detects bodily position, weight, or movement of the muscles, tendons, and joints.
  • Mental Imagery as a Relaxation Technique
  • Three Categories of Mental Imagery
  • Color and Light Therapy
  • Mind/Body Connection: The pendulum
  • Elephant vs. Rabbit
  • The mind body connection. Video. (If time permits)
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    • 1. Advice on improving mental imagery skill can befound atwww.shpm.com/articles/sports/tennis.html.Mental imagery is intended to train our mindsand create the neural patterns in our brain toteach our muscles to do exactly what we wantthem to do (Porter, 17).
    • 2. “Imagination is more powerful thanknowledge.” —Albert Einstein
    • 3. An Historical Perspective ofMental Imageryand VisualizationOrigins date back to Freudand Jung in modernpsychologyMost likely used formillennia by people of allculturesShamans usedvisualization to heal tribemembers
    • 4. Mental imagery involvesunconscious thoughts thatbecome conscious in the effort toheal or make whole.Guided mental imagery is avariation wherein images aresuggested by another person.Visualization is a consciousthought process directed towardself-improvement.
    • 5. Image must beidiosyncraticImage must beegosyntonicImage must have apositive aspectImage must be kinestheticand somaticImage must beanatomically correctEmploy constancy anddialogueEmploy the healthyblueprint aspectEmploy the treatmentwith the image
    • 6. Just as real or imaginarythoughts can trigger thestress response, relaxingthoughts can promote therelaxation response.When imagination is usedto promote relaxation, thebody’s five senses are ineffect deactivated ordesensitized to stressfulstimuli.
    • 7. Tranquil natural scenes, orimages that place one in anatural environment.Behavioral changes, orimages that allow one to seeand feel oneself performinga different, more health-conscious behavior.Internal body images, orimages of trips inside thebody to observe damaged ordiseased tissue being healedor repaired.
    • 8. Research into visualization also includes colorand light therapy The color blue appears to have a relaxing/healing effect. Full spectrum lighting is known to have a healing effect too!
    • 9. Why do you think many of the students could makethe washer move with their mind?
    • 10. What about this rabbit?
    • 11. How about this rabbit?
    • 12. How can we exploit this connection to improveour human potential?
    • 13. Why can’t it be said that a person is either good or not good at visual imagery?