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what is Imagery


Imagery, or visualization, is the thought process that invokes and uses the senses: vision, hearing, smell and taste, the sense of movement, position and feel.

It 's the communication mechanism between perception, emotion and bodily change.
As the main cause of illness and health, image and imagination are the largest and oldest source of healing in the world.


Jeanne Achtemberg, Imagery in Healing 1985

Scientific research

Table set, towel around his neck, fork and knife in hand. It does not matter if the pot is empty to fill your stomach just fantasy. The "imaginary diet" devised by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University helps you eat less. But it is not as easy as daydreaming. We must engage and think hard about your favorite food. See it, smell it inside, go through the gesture of the hand toward the mouth and savor the taste for several seconds.

The result of these operations within our brain is an overlap between imagination and reality. The tastefully recreated abstractly produces an addiction that is quite specific. And when the volunteers recruited from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh have found themselves in front of their very favorite food (chocolate-covered peanuts or cheese cubes) have just nibbled instead dive over.
(La Repubblica.it, December 15, 2010)

original article in Science, dec. 2010

Science. 2010 Dec 10;330(6010):1530-3.
Thought for food: imagined consumption reduces actual consumption.

Morewedge CK, Huh YE, Vosgerau J.

Abstract
The consumption of a food typically leads to a decrease in its subsequent intake through habituation--a decrease in one's responsiveness to the food and motivation to obtain it. We demonstrated that habituation to a food item can occur even when its consumption is merely imagined. Five experiments showed that people who repeatedly imagined eating a food (such as cheese) many times subsequently consumed less of the imagined food than did people who repeatedly imagined eating that food fewer times, imagined eating a different food (such as candy), or did not imagine eating a food. They did so because they desired to eat it less, not because they considered it less palatable. These results suggest that mental representation alone can engender habituation to a stimulus.
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Trasforming problems...


Sometimes it seems that some inner states of mind can not find words to be described.

But the images offer a delicate gateway and the way to portray what usually escapes, in a simple and direct way, as in a conscious dream, with a background music and with the support of a specialist ...

...and finding solutions


With the help of meditation and breathing techniques and simple exercises, can be accessed the depth of the mind, where are solutions and ways out, where aspects of creativity and innate joy of the mind help us to find answers ...

You can also share images, first of all with ourselves and possibly with the group, exploring the imagination through expressive signs that leave marks light and colored, but rich in personal meaning ...
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