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Promoting Mental Health Through Imagery and Imagined Interactions


Edited By James M. Honeycutt

Imagined interactions (IIs) can be used as a type of self-therapy when dealing with stress and trauma. We often have IIs in terms of flashbacks as portrayed in movies. It is hoped that this volume will inspire some people to use IIs as a type of self-therapy and to realize that having IIs in everyday life is a normal part of daydreaming and mental imagery. IIs can be used productively as well as dysfunctionally. Hence, it is up to the individual to decide how they use IIs to deal with stress and trauma.

Benefits of IIs include helping people rehearse strategies, reduce primary tension (which occurs before or at the beginning of interactions), and gain others’ viewpoints. Even though, you can think positively or negatively, thinking positively may be easier said than done. Human survival and mental health require a balance between optimism and pessimism. Individuals gain more self-understanding by thinking about interactions. It is a process called self-perception that clarifies feelings about people and topics. IIs can improve mood by reducing tensions through the catharsis function. They help us understand our beliefs.

The book is divided into three sections. Section 1 discusses how IIs can deal with teasing, bullying, abuse, and conflict. Section 2 covers physical, emotional, and material loss. Section 3 is concerned with policy concerns including hurricane evacuations, environmental concerns, police encounters, and presidential politics.

List of Tables – Acknowledgements – Series Editor’s Preface – James M. Honeycutt: Introduction: Types of Trauma and Overview of Imagined Interaction Theory – James M. Honeycutt: Using Imagined Interactions to Deal with Teasing and Bullying – James M. Honeycutt: Rumination, Victimization, and Abuse Detection – Ryan D. Rasner: Applying Imagined Interaction to an Evolutionary View of Jealousy and Trauma – Jonathon K. Frost: The Role of Mental Imagery and Imagined Interactions in Coping with Bereavement and Loss – James M. Honeycutt /Jake Harwood: Using Music Therapy and Imagined Interaction to Cope with Stress – Pavica Sheldon: The Role of Imagined Interactions in Body Image and Eating Disorders – Andrea J. Vickery/Michael F. Rold/Kayla J. Hastrup/Stephanie Houston Grey: Fracking Out!: Using Imagined Interactions to Manage the Trauma of Environmental Degradation – Michael Navarro: Using Imagined Interactions to Deal with Hurricane Evacuations – Laura B. Carper: The Role of Imagined Interactions in Actual and Vicarious Experience with Police Officers – T. Phillip Madison/James M. Honeycutt/Emily N. Covington/Philip J. Auter: Winners and Losers: Depression, Learned Helplessness, and the Trauma of Losing Political Elections – James M. Honeycutt: Epilogue: Tips on Using IIs to Deal with Trauma – Contributor Biographies – Subject Index – Author Index.