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Healing Images

The Role of Imagination in Health, 1st Edition

By Anees Ahmad Sheikh


544 pages

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"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.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Healing Images: Historical Perspective Anees A. Sheikh, Robert G. Kunzendorf, and Katharina S. Sheikh

Chapter 2 Physiological Consequences of Imagery and Related Approaches Anees A. Sheikh, Robert G. Kunzendorf, Katharina S. Sheikh, and Sheila M. Baer

Chapter 3 How Could Images Heal Anything? Max Velmans

Chapter 4 Imagery, Cerebral Laterality, and the Healing Process: A Cautionary Note Sven van de Wetering, Daniel M. Bernstein, and Robert G. Ley

Chapter 5 Imagery, Love, and Health: How Dynamical Energy Systems Theory Can Integrate Conventional and Complementary Medicine Gary E. Schwartz and Linda G. Russek

Chapter 6 Music, Imagery, and Healing Pat Moffitt Cook


Chapter 7 Healing Images: Connecting with Inner Wisdom Sheila M. Baer, Amy C. Hoffmann, and Anees A. Sheikh

Chapter 8 Transforming the Pain Terrain: Theory and Practice in the Use of Mental Imagery for the Treatment of Pain David Pincus, Tonya Wachsmuth-Schlaefer, Anees A. Sheikh, and Shirin Ezaz-Nikpay

Chapter 9 Imagery in Smoking Cessation and Weight Management Colleen Heinkel, Michelle Rosenfeld, and Anees A. Sheikh

Chapter 10 Mental Imagery in Sex Therapy Tulsi B. Saral

Chapter 11 A Guided-Imagery Treatment Approach for Eating Disorders Mary Jane Esplen

Chapter 12 Use of Imagery in the Treatment of Cardiovascular Disorders Jeanne Achterberg, Barbara Dossey, Leslie Kolkmeier, and Anees A. Sheikh

Chapter 13 Imagery and the Treatment of Phobic Disorders Beverly H. Yahnke, Anees A. Sheikh, and Heidi T. Beckman

Chapter 14 The Use of Imagery in Alleviating Depression David Schultz

Chapter 15 Imagery: Its History and Use in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Jo M. Weis, Mervin R. Smucker, and Jane G. Dresser

Chapter 16 Imagery in the Treatment of Trauma Jan Taal and John Krop

Chapter 17 Imagery and Cancer Howard Hall

Chapter 18 How to Use Mental Imagery for Any Clinical Condition Gerald Epstein

Chapter 19 Guided Imagery and Intuition Belleruth Naparstek

Chapter 20 Transpersonal Images: Implications for Health William Braud

Chapter 21 Death Imagery: Confronting Death Brings Us to the Threshold of Life Anees A. Sheikh and Katharina S. Sheikh

Chapter 22 Imagery and Spiritual Development Bonney Gulino Schaub and Richard Schaub



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health