Manual Utilizing Visualizations for Couples' Group

Publication Date



Master of Arts (MA)

Committee or Advisor Chair

Glenn Whitlock, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Donell Miller, Ph.D.

Louis B. Tharp, Ph.D.


transpersonal psychology, couples therapy, visualizations, psychosynthesis, imagery, group therapy


Family, Life Course, and Society | Psychology | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Transpersonal Psychology


Imagine yourself inside a big ball. How do you feel? What do you want to do? Some people enjoy the privacy and peace of feeling secure. Others fight to get out. What people feel and how they react to that feeling this imaginary situation can reveal something about one's attitude towards life, one's spouse, marriage and job.

Imagery is used as a vehicle for passing the conscious censor and revealing the individual's self-image, areas of conflict, and strategies for coping with the world. It provides a window into the inner world of consciousness and is one source of information for both the client and therapist. "The pictures in (man's) mind are part of his mind as an organ is part of his body, are indispensable to the life of the mind as the heart to the body." (Warner, 1972, p. 14) Sylvia Warner's work in teaching the children of Moiri tribes-man in New Zealand reveals the central importance of imagery in man, and this imagery indicates clearly how he organizes his world.


Department: Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology

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