College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

The Significance of the Visual Image in Psychotherapy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 1970

Publication Title

Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training

ISSN

0033-3204

Volume

7

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

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."

DOI

10.1037/h0086591

Peer Reviewed

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