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Cognitive Restructuring through Guided Imagery

Lessons from Gestalt Therapy
  • David J. A. Edwards

Abstract

Words are powerful tools of thought and communication, but visual imagery has a similar role that is more archaic, powerful, 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 more advanced cultures, the legacy of complex mythologies rich 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 (Samuels & Samuels, 1975).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. A. Edwards
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa

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