Bresler Bresler
Imagery and Pain Control


David Bresler, Ph.D.

Imagery Techniques

Could you tell me the basic categories of imagery techniques you utilize?

I distinguish three broad classes of techniques and strategies.

1) Symptomatic techniques: designed to modify or manipulate a symptom in some way. Some examples are: symptom suppression, symptom substitution, time distortion, glove anesthesia.

2) Etiologic techniques: What is the meaning of the symptom...what do we find out through the dialogue? What do we learn by "Listening to the symptom, listening to the pain?" (See Atlantis 4/92, Rossman: Listening to Your Symptom).

3) Transformational techniques: These are the existential and metaphysical techniques to explore the essential self.

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