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Mental Imagery pp 193-198 | Cite as

The Use of Imagery in a Multimodal Psychoneuroimmunology Program for Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases

  • Deirdre Davis Brigham
  • Philip O. Toal
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Abstract

During the past three decades anecdotal reports and research studies suggestive of a connection between imagery/emotions and improved physical functioning have been visible (Klopfer, 1957; Simonton et al. 1978; Cousins,1976, LeShan, 1958; etc.). In the past decade studies have been tightening, and a scientifically viable body of literature on the mind/body connection is building (e.g., Kiecolt-Glaser et al., 19;87 Ader, 1981; Rossi & Cheek, 1988; Green Green, 1986; Hall, 1983; McClelland, 1988; Achterberg & Lawlis, 1984; Schneider et al., 1984; Norris, 1988; Speigel et al., 1989) The literature in sports psychology, psychology of self esteem, stress management, and psychotherapy (Sheikh, 1983) indicates that imagery can be an effective strategy in a wide range of aspects of a person’s life. Norris (1988), among others, suggests that imagery is the blueprint for all voluntary behaviors and exerts a preeminent influence on involuntary physical, emotional and mental behavior.

Keywords

Mental Imagery Voluntary Behavior Sport Psychology Imagery Training Therapeutic Touch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deirdre Davis Brigham
    • 1
  • Philip O. Toal
    • 1
  1. 1.GETTING WELL Program Orlando General HospitalOrlandoUSA

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