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Examples of Imagery

Whether you use imagery in writing or in creating your own visualizations, it is useful to have some examples of imagery which utilize all five senses: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and gustatory.

The key to good imagery is engaging all five senses.

On this page, you will find a table of words specific to the five sensory systems and several examples of imagery.



  • picture
  • flash
  • bright
  • sharp
  • clear (crystal)
  • see
  • light
  • dark
  • large
  • blue


  • scream
  • shout
  • listen
  • tone
  • whisper
  • ring
  • utter
  • nasal
  • squeal
  • quiet


  • feel
  • warm
  • grasp
  • sharp
  • peaceful
  • cold
  • rugged
  • joyful
  • fuzzy
  • hard


  • pungent
  • fragrant
  • sweet
  • dank
  • rich aroma
  • stinky
  • musty
  • rotten
  • odor
  • essence


  • sweet
  • sour
  • salty
  • bitter
  • fresh
  • juicy
  • bland
  • burnt
  • zesty
  • tangy



  • The warmth of sun soaking deep into your hands (kinesthetic)
  • Listen to the breeze gently blowing the blades of green grass (auditory)
  • As you walk through the door, you see a welcoming fire in the fire place (visual)
  • Crystal clear cool stream (visual, kinesthetic)
  • Warm soft golden sand between your toes (kinesthetic, visual)
  • The sweet smell of jasmine (olfactory)
  • Brilliant light begins to glow (visual)
  • Zest of life (gustatory)
  • As you hear the laughter of your friends (auditory)
  • Feel the softness of velvet brushing against your skin (kinesthetic)
  • Listen to your heartbeat, beating rhythmically (auditory)
  • Juicy red strawberries (gustatory, visual)
  • A sense of peacefulness washes over your body (kinesthetic)
  • Sweet taste of success (gustatory)
  • Lions roaring in the jungle (auditory)
  • It is a beautiful sunny day, and you are walking on a beach. The sky is blue and the water is crystal clear. You hear the sound of gentle waves lapping, as the light breeze caresses your skin. You are breathing deeply, inhaling the smell of fresh ocean air, tasting a bit of salt on your lips. A sense of freedom washes over your body.


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Words of Wisdom

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
~Sydney J. Harris

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
~Chinese Proverb

There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
~Henry Kissinger

Humor, a great stress reliever!
Laugh, be happy and have less stress!
~Catherine Pulsifer



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