Imagery, Incubation, and Right Hemispheric Learning Style as Related to Divergent Thinking

  • David Sarnoff


Psychotherapists such as May (1975), and Rogers (1961) have recognized a relationship between the therapeutic process and the creative process. The goals of therapy are often to facilitate within the client the ability to think to things in new ways, to come up with new ideas that can lead to changes in thoughts, feelings, and behavior. This ability has been called divergent thinking (Guilford, 1967). Examining the creative process may reveal ways to increase divergent thinking in clients. Various writers, such as Haefele (1962), have identified four stages of the creative process, namely, preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification. In preparation the person thinks about a problem, looks at it from many angles, and attemts logical solutions. In incubation, the person puts the problem aside, no longer consciously working on it, allowing some sort of unconscious processing to take place. This leads to the illumination in which a new idea in the mind of the person leads to a satisfying solution to the problem. Verification means making sure that the new idea does indeed lead to a solution that is satisfying.


Creative Process Divergent Thinking Unconscious Processing Creative Behavior Imagery Training 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Sarnoff
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  1. 1.University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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