Imagery and Visual Expression in Therapy

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Explores the different components, and the developmental, cognitive, and emotional aspects, of imagery and visual expression, and the interaction of the two. Discusses the levels and components, and the function and processes in therapy. Other topics include verbal and art therapy, symbolism, and daydreaming. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475704464
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1990
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Levels and Components of Imagery and Expression.- 1. Imagery in Verbal Therapy and Art Therapy.- Components of Imagery and Modes of Representation of Thought.- Characteristics of Using Imagery in Therapy.- Characteristics of Using Visual Expression in Art Therapy.- Different Approaches to Art Therapy.- Art as Therapy.- Art Psychotherapy.- Levels of Expression.- Different Aspects of Creativity.- Creativity and Art Therapy.- Summary.- 2. Images and Information Processing.- Modalities of Imagery.- Vividness and Control of Imagery.- Cognitive Developmental Aspects of Imagery.- Types and Levels of Imagery.- Types of Imagery.- Cognitive Levels of Imagery.- Imagery Associated with Different States of Consciousness.- Hemispheric Differences and Psychophysiological Components of Imagery.- Imagery and Emotions.- Characteristics of Imagery on Different Levels.- Function of Imagery.- Enhancement of Imagery.- Summary.- 3. Levels and Functions of Symbolism.- Components and Developmental Aspects of Symbols.- Components Inherent in Symbols.- Developmental Aspects of Symbol Formation.- Conditions Contributing to the Emergence of Symbols.- Function and Meaning of Symbols.- Levels of Symbols.- Personal or Freudian Symbolism.- Jung’s Approach to Universal Symbolism.- Levels of Universal Symbols.- Symbolic Unfolding of the Psyche and the Neurotic Distortion of This Process.- Summary.- 4. Depicting and Integrating Images.- Line and Form.- Line.- Form.- Gestalts or Configurations.- Differentiation of Space.- Visual Syntax.- Color.- Multileveledness of Visual Expression.- Media Properties, Mediators, and Reflective Distance.- Expressive Styles.- Summary.- 5. Levels of Expression and Systems Approach to Therapy.- The Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC).- The Function of Imagery on Different Levels of the ETC.- Media Use at the Different Levels of the ETC.- Kinesthetic Level.- Sensory Level.- Perceptual Level.- Affective Level.- Cognitive Level.- Symbolic Level.- Creative Level.- Different Levels of Expression in Art Therapy.- Systems Approach to Imagery.- Systems Approach to Art Therapy.- Summary.- II. Function and Processes of Imagery and Visual Expression in Therapy.- 6. Connections and Disconnections between Levels of Representation and Expression.- Connection, Emergence, and Disconnection of Information Processing.- Connections.- Disconnections.- Interaction between Imagery and Emotions in Therapy.- Imagery and Resistances.- Enhancement of Connection and Emergent Function through Art Media.- Visual Expression of Resistances and Defenses.- Dealing with Resistances in Art Therapy.- Indications and Contraindications in Using Verbal vs. Visual Expressions of Imagery.- Summary.- 7. Active Imagination, Guided Daydreams, and Dreams.- The Flow of Imagery and Fantasy.- Consciousness and the Unconscious.- Active Imagination.- Guided Affective Imagery.- Therapeutic Use of Visual Expressions of Guided Imagery.- Structure and Function of Dreams.- Cognitive Development of Dreams.- Psychoanalytic and Cognitive Approaches to Dreams.- Jung’s Approach to Dreams.- Expression of Dreams in Art Therapy.- Summary.- 8. Daydreaming and Adolescent Depression.- Function of Daydreaming.- Patterns and Styles of Daydreaming.- Daydreaming Styles and Dreams.- Play as Antecedent of Daydreaming.- Daydreaming in Adolescence.- Depression in Adolescence.- Levels of Depression in Adolescents.- Depressive Fantasy Themes.- Depressive Dream Themes.- Depression and Daydreaming.- Daydreaming and Aggression.- Imagery Approaches to Depression.- Art Therapy Approaches to Depression.- Self-Esteem, Daydreaming, and Depression.- Summary.- 9. Images of Disintegration and Integration in Psychosis and Schizophrenia.- The Schizophrenic Experience of Perceptual and Cognitive Disturbances.- Visual Expressions of Schizophreniform Patients.- Representations of Body Image, Space, Movement, and Time by Schizophreniform Patients.- Art Therapy with Schizophreniform Patients.- Expressive Qualities and Psychopathology of Form in Schizophrenic Artwork.- The Comparative Approach to Schizophrenic Visual Expressions.- Representations of Body Image, Space, Movement, and Time by Schizophrenic Patients.- Art Therapy with Chronic Schizophrenics.- Summary.- 10. Imagery and Emotions in Healing.- Imagery and Emotions as Bridges to the Body.- Hypotheses of the Role of Imagery in Healing.- Components and Differentiation of Emotions.- Impairment and Regression in Emotional Processing.- Alexithymia.- Areas of Assessment in Using Imagery in Healing.- Assessment of Alexithymic Characteristics.- Imagery-Based Assessment of Disease and Immune System.- Progressive Steps in Using Imagery in Healing.- Information and Instruction.- Supportive Therapy.- Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy in Healing.- Summary.- Overview: A Systems View of Imagery and Visual Expression.- References.- Author Index.

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