5 Types of Imagery
Different types of imagery correspond to different senses.
When we hear the word imagery, we usually associate it with some form of visual representation in our minds. We think about pictures and images. But, that's not all there is to imagery. Imagery is more complex.
Essentially, there are five types of imagery, each corresponding to one of our senses: visual, auditory, kinesthetic olfactory (smell), and gustatory(taste).
The key to good imagery is engaging all five senses.
Here are some examples of words specific to the five sensory systems:
The following examples will take you through all the senses and will guide you to evoke specific imagery internally. For best results, close your eyes during visualization.
To evoke visual imagery, visualize the following:
To evoke auditory imagery, imagine the following:
To evoke olfactory imagery, conjure up the following smells:
To evoke gustatory imagery, imagine the taste of:
Kinesthetic imagery can be further divided into: sense of touch, temperature, movement, and feelings.
Touch - imagine the feelings of:
Movement - feel yourself engaged in an activity:
Feelings - what does it feel like in your body to be:
These are the main five types of imagery. Engage as many senses as you can when you are doing visualization or guided imagery.
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