Images may not be limited to visual. We can include sounds, tastes, smells or a combination of those sensations. In fact incorporating a combination of our senses with our visualizing is powerful.
Imagery is the language that the mind uses to communicate with the body. We do not talk to a damaged or ill part of our body and speak it away. Instead, we imagine the diseased part of our body healing or shrinking away. Likewise, we do not speak to our future and tell it what to show up. We imagine our futures with images, feelings, smells and sounds.
In a Special Issue of Memory, Mental Imagery and Memory in Psychopathology edited by Emily A. Holmes and Ann Hackmann (ISBN: 978-1-84169-967-7), M.A. Conway presents novel insights that suggest, “imagery is highly associated with self goals. Imagery can both reflect and maintain goals linked to psychopathology.
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