||Healing Images: The Role of Imagination in Health
Edited by Anees A. Sheikh
Imagery and Human Development Series, Anees A. Sheikh Series Editor
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IN PRAISE OF
"Healing Images may prove to be
the bible in the role of imagination in health. Dr. Anees Sheikh helped invent
this field, and he remains one of the foremost authorities in the world. All
interested in how mind and body interact should acquaint themselves with this
—Larry Dossey, M.D., Author: Healing Beyond the Body and Healing
Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine
"This is an exceptional book for health
professionals who are seriously interested in adding imagery to their
—Joan Boryserko, Ph.D., Author: Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
and Inner Peace for Busy People: 52 Simple Strategies for Transforming Your
"Healing Images draws together the
most rigorous and scholarly available research to document the healing power of
imagination. With consummate skill, Dr. Sheikh separates the wishful from the
evidence-based and offers us a scientifically impeccable and deeply poetic
invitation to reown our innate power. A must read for all who hope to heal
themselves and others."
—Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., Author: Kitchen Table Wisdom and My
"Healing Images is a treasure house
of valuable insights and practical information—a superb contribution."
—Sohan L. Sharma, Ph.D., Author: The Therapeutic Dialogue and The
Medical Model of Mental Illness
ABOUT THE BOOK
In the Foreword to this new work, the Dalai Lama writes, “The reality of human existence includes our experience of illness,
suffering and death. Pretending that we are not sick when we are, or that we will never die, would be as foolish as to deny the
possibility of ever getting well.
“As living beings, we all wish for happiness and seek to avoid suffering. One of the major factors here is our mental attitude.
Physical health is closely related to our state of mind. Scientific experiments have shown that if the mind is stable and calm,
basic physical functions like digestion and sleep improve. On the other hand, when someone is mentally distressed, even the
presence of friends, comfort and wealth will not make them happy.”
Healing Images: The Role of Imagination in Health details the function and capacity of imagination in health. This work
consists of 22 chapters and discusses theory, research, and clinical applications. Presented is a brief history of the use of
imagery for healing in both Eastern and Western traditions, a review of research that deals with the physiological consequences
of imagery and related approaches, and an explanation of how images lead to such bodily changes.
Healing Images covers the latest theory and research on the relationship between imagery, cerebral laterality, and healing. An attempt is also made to
integrate modern systems theory with concepts of information and energy, which disclose the role of imagery and love in health.
Imagery and music in health are also discussed.
Healing Images examines how and why mental images help in connecting with our inner wisdom and covers in detail
applications of imagery in pain management, smoking cessation, weight management, sex therapy, and the treatment of phobic
disorders, eating disorders, cardiovascular disorders, depression, trauma, and cancer. This volume also explores imagery in
intuition and spiritual development and includes a discussion of transpersonal and death images along with their implications for
health and growth.
Intended Audience: Psychology faculty, graduate and senior undergraduate psychology students, clinical psychologists,
psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, pastoral counselors, marriage and family counselors, alcohol and drug therapists,
anthropologists, educated lay people.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anees A. Sheikh, Ph.D., is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Psychology at Marquette University and Clinical
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Through his guided imagery workshops,
he has trained thousands of health professionals around the world. Dr. Sheikh has published many journal articles, book
chapters, and thirteen books on imagery and related topics. He was the founding editor of
The Journal of Mental Imagery.
Dr. Sheikh is past President of the American Association for the Study of Mental Imagery and is internationally recognized for
his contributions to the field of imagery.
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