Guided Affective Imagery with Children and Adolescents by Hanscarl Leuner

By Hanscarl Leuner

A significant shift in our perception of human psychology has happened long ago two decades. study scientists have well-known that the stimulus-response types that characterised the dominant "objec­ tive behaviorism" of the interval among 1910 and 1960 had over­ seemed the function of unsleeping suggestion, cognitive mapping, and comparable centrally generated information-processing as primary human features. certainly, even the psychoanalytic theorizing of that pe­ riod put nice emphasis on "drives," "energy displacements," and subconscious phenomena. at the present time, we more and more realize that people are curious, information-gathering creatures with a differential emotional constitution that's heavily tied to the character of in­ formation processing and to difficulties of which means in addition to to the pride of physiological wishes. within the easy fields of social psy­ chology and character thought, expanding recognition is being paid to how humans shape constructs of the complicated ambiguities of lifestyle and social relationships and the way they mentally play and replay those in waking or in nocturnal-sleeping delusion shape. The medical equipment built by way of Professor Leuner and his col­ leagues exemplify the view that human truth is composed not just of the direct studies of environmental stimulation or social interplay but additionally of the non-public fact constructed as we replay those experi­ ences in our day and evening goals and form them into symbolic, metaphorical, or allegorical modes.

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The sheltering and concealing character of caves and also of hollows made of leaves in the woods is repeatedly apparent with younger children. Not infrequently, these caves have strong libidinal overtones. The 8-year-old stutterer (previously mentioned) took his sister, who was two years younger, into the cave when he was asked whom he would like to invite into the cave. " Then, he got himself something to eat and felt safe from the view of adults. The "cuddly intimacy," seeking protection from adults, is frequent in this age group.

When I saw Rolf and his mother for a consultation two months later, the mother was substantially freer. " After that, I dispensed with a continuation of the therapy. However, I came to the striking realization that neglecting the immediate family realities can block even the most perfect GAl therapy. Only the working through of the obstructive surroundings produced the desired therapeutic success. Still, with the relatively acute symptoms, this success was realized after only six GAl sessions, one per week.

Soon thereafter he participated in sports competitions and brought home good grades. Meanwhile, the headaches had subsided to a tolerable level. The motif of autistic seclusion and of unrealistic expectations stands out distinctly, combined with wishes for omnipotence (the giant) and with the rejection of competitive confrontation with the real world. It was astonishing to see the transformation on the level of the catathymic fantasies running parallel to the transformation in out- 28 HANsCARL LEUNER ward behavior.

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