An Adlerian Perspective on Guided Visual Imagery for Stress and Coping

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Publication Date

Summer 2007


stress, Adlerian psychology, emotions, guide visual imagery, coping


Stress has become a topic of major inquiry in recent decades among psychology and its allied disciplines. Although the stress response is an adaptive mechanism with short-term utility, individuals experiencing chronic stress may eventually manifest physiological and psychological incapacities as their abilities to cope are overwhelmed. Guided visual imagery can be an effective technique for the treatment of chronic stress within a broader Adlerian framework. Through the use of guided visual imagery to narrow the attentional set while facilitating a psychophysiological healing response, individuals may be taught to enhance their innate potential to cope better with the vagaries of life.


Educational Leadership

Publication Title

Journal of Individual Psychology

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