Emergent Uncovering Psychotherapy: The Use of Imagoic and Linguistic Vehicles in Objectifying Psychodynamic Processes

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


Spontaneous visual imagery does not characteristically occur in an interpersonal relationship; hypnogogic and hypnopompic images, nocturnal dreams, daydreams, fantasies, and hallucinations are private events. Spontaneous visual imagery is unpredictable and idiosyncratic and, therefore, irrelevant to the purposes of most interpersonal relations. As we shall see, spontaneous visual imagery has aversive properties both in an interpersonal relationship and in one’s private ruminations. In the former, it undercuts the self-protective function of security operations whereas in the latter it is a ready vehicle for the gratification of anxiety-producing unfulfilled needs and the depiction of repressed impulses.


Visual Imagery Premature Ejaculation Free Association Negative Appraisal Verbal Association 
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  • Joseph Reyher
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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