Language, Image, and Emotion
The power of language to evoke emotional imagery is well understood by playwrights and novelists. Through artful composition they can generate the whole spectrum of affective reactions in the receptive reader or listener. Psychotherapists make similar use of language to instigate emotional responses in their patients. In fact, the instructional evocation of emotional imagery is a basic treatment intervention in a host of therapies, varying widely in theory and purpose, from systematic desensitization to transactional analysis.
KeywordsVerbal Report Propositional Structure Emotional Image Instructional Control Imagery Experience
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