The Power of Human Imagination

New Methods in Psychotherapy

  • Jerome L. Singer
  • Kenneth S. Pope

Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (EPPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction and Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jerome L. Singer, Kenneth S. Pope
      Pages 3-34
  3. Psychoanalytically Oriented Uses of Imagery

  4. Mental Imagery Therapies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Eric Greenleaf
      Pages 167-196
    3. Anees A. Sheikh
      Pages 197-224
  5. Behavior-Therapy Uses of Imagery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-226
    2. Joseph R. Cautela, Leigh McCullough
      Pages 227-254
  6. Broader Applications of Imagery

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 379-380
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 395-405

About this book


For at least half of the twentieth century, psychology and the other mental health professions all but ignored the significant adaptive pos­ sibilities of the human gift of imagery. Our capacity seemingly to duplicate sights, sounds, and other sensory experiences through some form of central brain process continues to remain a mysterious, alma st miraculous skill. Because imagery is so much a private experience, experimental psychologists found it hard to measure and turned their attentian to observable behaviors that could easily be studied in ani­ maIs as well as in humans. Psychoanalysts and others working with the emotionally disturbed continued to take imagery informatian se­ riously in the form of dream reports, transferenee fantasies, and as indications of hallucinations or delusions. On the whole, however, they emphasized the maladaptive aspects of the phenomena, the dis­ tortions and defensiveness or the "regressive" qualities of daydreams and sequences of images. The present volume grows out of a long series of investigations by the senior author that have suggested that daydreaming and the stream of consciousness are not simply manifestations in adult life of persist­ ing phenomena of childhood. Rather, the data suggest that imagery sequences represent a major system of encoding and transforming information, a basic human capacity that is inevitably part of the brain's storage process and one that has enormous potential for adap­ tive utility. A companian volume, The Stream of Consciousness, edited by Kenneth S. Pope and Jerome L.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jerome L. Singer
    • 1
  • Kenneth S. Pope
    • 2
  1. 1.Yale UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Brentwood Veterans Administration HospitalLos AngelesUSA

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