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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

imagery

1. Process of recalling past visual experiences. 2. Synonym for visualization. See visual image.