Guided imagery: A psychological tool in the service of health psychology

Shulamith Kreitler*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The first part of the chapter introduces images, their characteristics, habitual contexts and cognitive functions. The following sections provide a review of studies that focus on guided imagery as a therapeutic option in the domain of medicine. The special themes dealt with include the effects of guided imagery on coping, on reducing stress, on symptoms due to different diseases and the administered treatments, on pain, on healing and on different parameters of the immune system. The final section deals with guided imagery in the clinical setting, describing in detail the Kreitler method of guided imagery, presenting its operational procedure and theoretical rationale. Concluding remarks refer to advantages and risks of applying guided imagery.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlternative Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationPractices, Health Benefits and Controversies
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781622571062
StatePublished - Jan 2013


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