imagination (latin: Imago “picture”) is to be noticed the fortune with awake consciousness with (mostly) closed eyes gegenständliche internal pictures. Imagination is often combined with relaxation methods. The internal pictures resemble dream pictures, their developing can however willentlich be promoted and modified.

The imagination is used and in many cultures in the religious context and is from C.G. Young introduced to the Psychotherapie, which regarded the consciously experienced internal pictures as an intermediary between consciousness and unconscious one.

Methods with imagination techniques e.g. are: The upper stage of the autogenous training, katathymes picture life, Hypnose with hypnagogen pictures, Meditation, clear dream. The developing pictures can be affected both by conception contents, sentences and thoughts, lead in addition, unconscious self-dynamics and with it, like also the respiration, both consciously and unconsciously steered.


imagination in the context of a Psychotherapie can be used with many psychological disturbances.

For patients with chronic pain particularly positive pictures (beach scenes, nature pictures of walks, vacation pictures) turned out as helpful. The combination of the relaxation with the imagination has the following advantages 1.Entspannung is deepened 2. Positive emotions experiences 3. Strengthen pain diverson 4. Motivation for disease accomplishment is strengthened


  • Bernt Hoffmann, Handbuch of the autogenous training, dtv publishing house 1977, 1981
  • Shakti Gawain, presents to you, rororo publishing house, 1988

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