The Application of Humorous Imagery Situations in Psychotherapy: Case Illustrations

  • Frank J. Prerost


The Humorous Imagery Situation is a diagnostic and therapeutic device developed by the author for use in psychotherapy sessions. This newly created therapeutic imagery technique is an integration of the directed daydream with the therapeutic and diagnostic properties of humor. Through this integration the potentials of the directed daydream and humor allow for a safe confrontation and healthy resolution of personal conflicts and sources of stress.


Diagnostic Property Humorous Outcome Psychotherapy Session Personal Conflict Rent Life 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank J. Prerost
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Illinois UniversityMacombUSA

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