Healing Images: The Role of Imagination in Health

Healing Images: The Role of Imagination in Health

by Anees A. Sheikh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0895032260

ISBN-13: 9780895032263

Pub. Date: 08/01/2002

Publisher: Baywood Publishing Company, Incorporated

In the Foreword to this new work, the Dalai Lama writes, "The reality of human existence includes our experience of illness, suffering and death. Pretending that we are not sick when we are, or that we will never die, would be as foolish as to deny the possibility of ever getting well.

"As living beings, we all wish for happiness and seek to avoid suffering. One

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In the Foreword to this new work, the Dalai Lama writes, "The reality of human existence includes our experience of illness, suffering and death. Pretending that we are not sick when we are, or that we will never die, would be as foolish as to deny the possibility of ever getting well.

"As living beings, we all wish for happiness and seek to avoid suffering. One of the major factors here is our mental attitude. Physical health is closely related to our state of mind. Scientific experiments have shown that if the mind is stable and calm, basic physical functions like digestion and sleep improve. On the other hand, when someone is mentally distressed, even the presence of friends, comfort and wealth will not make them happy."

Healing Images: The Role of Imagination in Health details the function and capacity of imagination in health. This work consists of 22 chapters and discusses theory, research, and clinical applications. Presented is a brief history of the use of imagery for healing in both Eastern and Western traditions, a review of research that deals with the physiological consequences of imagery and related approaches, and an explanation of how images lead to such bodily changes. Healing Images covers the latest theory and research on the relationship between imagery, cerebral laterality, and healing. An attempt is also made to integrate modern systems theory with concepts of information and energy, which disclose the role of imagery and love in health. Imagery and music in health are also discussed.

Healing Images examines how and why mental images help in connecting with our inner wisdom and covers in detail applications of imagery in pain management, smoking cessation, weight management, sex therapy, and the treatment of phobic disorders, eating disorders, cardiovascular disorders, depression, trauma, and cancer. This volume also explores imagery in intuition and spiritual development and includes a discussion of transpersonal and death images along with their implications for health and growth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780895032263
Publisher:
Baywood Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Series:
Society and Aging Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword
1Healing Images: Historical Perspective3
2Physiological Consequences of Imagery and Related Approaches27
3How Could Images Heal Anything?53
4Imagery, Cerebral Laterality, and the Healing Process: A Cautionary Note72
5Imagery, Love, and Health: How Dynamical Energy Systems Theory Can Integrate Conventional and Complementary Medicine91
6Music, Imagery, and Healing115
7Healing Images: Connecting with Inner Wisdom141
8Transforming the Pain Terrain: Theory and Practice in the Use of Mental Imagery for the Treatment of Pain177
9Imagery in Smoking Cessation and Weight Management223
10Mental Imagery in Sex Therapy254
11A Guided-Imagery Treatment Approach for Eating Disorders275
12Use of Imagery in the Treatment of Cardiovascular Disorders300
13Imagery and the Treatment of Phobic Disorders312
14The Use of Imagery in Alleviating Depression343
15Imagery: Its History and Use in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder381
16Imagery in the Treatment of Trauma396
17Imagery and Cancer408
18How to Use Mental Imagery for Any Clinical Condition427
19Guided Imagery and Intuition437
20Transpersonal Images: Implications for Health448
21Death Imagery: Confronting Death Brings Us to the Threshold of Life471
22Imagery and Spiritual Development489
Contributors499
Index507

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