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By Lusia Stopa

Imagery is necessary in cognitive remedy simply because pictures frequently set off robust feelings, and imagery thoughts comparable to imaginal reliving and imaginal rescripting are more and more utilized in healing remedies. Imagery and the Threatened Self considers the function that pictures of the self play in a few universal psychological illnesses and the way those photos can be utilized to aid humans to recover.

Stopa and her members concentration particularly on photos of the self that are usually adverse and distorted and will give a contribution to either the reason and the development of medical problems. The booklet comprises chapters on present theories of the self and on imagery suggestions utilized in remedy, along chapters that research the function of self-

images and the way pictures can be utilized within the remedy of issues including:
social phobia
post-traumatic pressure disorder
eating disorders
bipolar disorder.

Imagery and the Threatened Self is an unique and leading edge e-book that might attract either clinicians and scholars who're learning and practicing cognitive remedy.

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Self-compassion is dealt with more fully in Chapter 9, but it seems to be an important means of accepting the self and it can provide a secure foundation for mental well-being. In therapy, creating visual images that represent a compassionate self can be an important method of alleviating distress. Part 4: The self as agent Earlier in the chapter, we discussed how self-beliefs are organised into systematic structures (schemas) that form the basis of an individual’s selfconcept. There is, however, another set of self-beliefs that determine the degree to which an individual perceives himself or herself as an effective agent capable of achieving desired goals and outcomes.

Furthermore, if an individual experiences positive (negative) affect when a particular possible self is activated, he/she will experience enhanced (impaired) performance on a task relevant to meeting a specific goal (Markus & Ruvolo, 1989). The role of negative or positive possible selves in clinical disorders and in their treatment has not been extensively studied. There is some work on discrepancies between ideal and actual selves, and this is discussed in more detail below. However, the potential role of possible selves in maintaining disorders is intriguing, as evidenced by the following example of a belief that is often reported by individuals with panic disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder.

Steele and colleagues coined the term ‘selfaffirmation’ after discovering that affirming an important value could reduce cognitive dissonance (psychological inconsistency between cognitions and behaviours; Steele & Liu, 1981, 1983). In classic cognitive dissonance fashion, people normally change their attitudes to be consistent with their behaviour. However, Steele and Liu (1981, 1983) found that affirming an important value eliminated the need to change the attitude to be consistent with the behaviour.

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