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The Imagination as a Means of Growth

  • Edward Joseph ShobenJr.


It may be well at the outset to remind ourselves that, like most human attributes, imagination is a two-edged sword. If it represents a means of fruitful adaptation, of joy through enlarged creation, it also defines a major facilitator of anxiety. In a very real sense, imagination—that aspect of the cognitive process that produces and communicates products that differ markedly from their perceptual origins—is a distinctively human means for shaping the future. As such, it has both advantages and disadvantages. Although our concern here is primarily with the former, at least a sidelong glance at the latter seems necessary.


Screw Head Auditory Imagery Manifest Content Folk Tale Perceptual Origin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Joseph ShobenJr.
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  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyLos AngelesUSA

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