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Imagined Interactions, Imagery, and Mindfulness/Mindlessness

  • James M. Honeycutt


People sometimes have imagined interactions in which they imagine talking with someone. For example, before entering a job interview, the interviewee may rehearse in his/her mind what the interviewer might ask and how the self will respond. After an argument with a romantic partner, the self may replay the encounter and feel despair at not having said various things that are currently in one’s mind. In the first scenario, a proactive imagined interaction has occurred while a retroactive imagined interaction has occurred in the second. It is also possible that the retroactive encounter in the second scenario acts as preinteraction stimulus for the next encounter with the romantic partner. Thus, the conflict picks up where it left off. These examples reflect what has previously been referred to as imagined interactions (Honeycutt, 1990; Honeycutt, Edwards, and Zagacki, 1989–90; Honeycutt, Zagacki, and Edwards,1989).


Romantic Partner Contingency Plan Procedural Record Mindful State Relational Partner 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Honeycutt
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  1. 1.Center of Imagined Interaction Research Department of Speech CommunicationLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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