Mental Imagery, Pain and Healing


Psychiatry Advisor discusses some of the ideas and research surrounding mental “imagery” and its apparent role in psychological suffering prompted by vivid memories, and in healing modalities such as creative visualization.

“In a 2013 study from the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, participants were assessed on measures of mental imagery before and after viewing videos involving a traumatic car accident,” reports Psychiatry Advisor. “Results show that participants who had more lifelike imagery before watching the video had more frequent and vivid intrusive images soon after and five days following the viewing, and this finding was independent of the participants’ levels of trait anxiety and depression.”

Mental Imagery Plays Role in Psychiatric Disorders (Psychiatry Advisor, May 29, 2015)