The Significance of the Visual Image in Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training
Discusses 2 schools of thought on the role of imagery: (a) imagery as a defense which moves away from or screens and still gratifies indirectly the underlying impulse; and (b) imagery as a direct representation of the unconscious, an expression of the impulse itself. It is concluded that "given certain structural conditions, the visual image tends to conceal, and, given others, it reveals, what the important issues in the patient's life are."
Shapiro, D. L.
(1970). The Significance of the Visual Image in Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 7(4), 209-212.
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