Imagery Measurement in Clinical Settings: Matching the Method to the Question

  • Roni Beth Tower


The increased use of imagery in as varied a range of clinical interventions as traditional behavioral techniques (e.g., Cautela’s covert conditioning, 1971, 1977; Wolpe’s systematic desensitization, 1969); psychodynamically oriented imagery therapies (Shorr’s psychoimagination therapy, 1972; Reyher’s emergent uncovering therapy, 1978; Leuner’s Guided Affective Imagery, 1977, 1978) and more physiologically-oriented interventions (e.g., biofeedback, bioenergetics, hypnosis, some Gestalt techniques, occasionally psychodrama—see Singer, 1974; Singer & Pope, 1978) has precipitated a resurgence of interest in imagery measurement. Qualitative and quantitative indices have been sought. This interest in assessment for clinical purposes can focus on diagnostic questions, can reflect needs of the intervention itself, or can grow from a desire to evaluate progress. Thus the function of the question being asked of the measure can vary.


Mental Imagery Visual Imagery Abnormal Psychology Diagnostic Question Hypnotic Susceptibility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roni Beth Tower
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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