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imagery

 [im´ij-re]
1. a group of images or mental pictures.
2. the use of images to describe something.
simple guided imagery in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as purposeful use of imagination to achieve relaxation and/or direct attention away from undesirable sensations.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

im·age·ry

(im'ăj-rē),
A technique in behavior therapy in which the client or patient is conditioned to substitute pleasant fantasies to counter the unpleasant feelings associated with anxiety.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

imagery

(ĭm′ĭj-rē)
n. pl. image·ries
Psychology A technique in behavior therapy in which the patient uses pleasant fantasies to relax and counteract anxiety.
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imagery

Alternative medicine
A therapeutic format in which the power of the mind is used to evoke a positive physical response so as to reduce stress, slow the heart rate, stimulate the immune system and reduce pain. Imagery consists of the creation of positive thoughts and images and communicating them with the body as a means of healing a diseased organ or tissue; it is believed to act on the psychoneuroimmune system by placing the power of the mind over physical ailment.

Anecdotal reports suggest that imaging may be effective for allergies, cancer, chronic pain, control of habits, dysmenorrhoea, headaches, hypertension, enhancing the immune system, performance anxiety (stage fright), premenstrual syndrome, stress-related GI symptoms, recuperation from surgery and urinary incontinence.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

imagery

Psychology The evoking of a visual, audio, or other internalized mental image, that retains the 'flavor' and sensory qualities of an original external stimulus; a technique in which a person focuses on positive mental images. See Chemical imagery, Fictive imagery, Guided imagery, Hypnagogic imagery, Interactive guided imagery, Memory imagery, Perceptual imagery, Relaxing imagery.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

im·ag·e·ry

(im'ăj-rē)
A technique in behavior therapy in which the client or patient is conditioned to substitute pleasant fantasies to counter the unpleasant feelings associated with anxiety.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

imagery

1. Process of recalling past visual experiences. 2. Synonym for visualization. See visual image.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann
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In his continuing exploration of metaphysical themes, Kees categorizes his painting into three overlapping disciplines: photo-realism, super-realism and what he terms "visionary realism," which he describes as "making the unseen seen." With an exacting attention to detail, Kees combines reality derived from photographs, memory and studies from life with creative imagery to convey his vision.
Creative imagery: Discoveries and inventions in visualization.
The storytelling sessions were designed to promote light physical activity and relaxation exercises, and to focus the residents' attention on creative imagery. The nine "regular" participants were occasionally joined by staff and family members in acting out such "adventures" as a trip to Ireland or a visit to the seashore, with swimming motions, walking, and other movements following the musical theme.
While this alternative methodology of generating creative discoveries will not be found acceptable or functional for some, it does force the reader to stop and think about his current practices and the relationships between mental imagery, creative imagery, and the ability of individuals to sit down and consciously (or unconsciously for that matter) come up with new creative solutions.

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