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Invisible Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogues

Watkins, Mary

 Watkins, who is in private practice, is concerned with the experience of imaginal dialogue, whether it takes the form of a "conversation between a self and an imaginal other(s), between aspects of the self such as "me" or "I," or between imaginal pairs with a self as audience" (p. 2). Throughout she takes a developmental approach to such experiences. Part I is entitled "Themes in Contemporary Psychological Approaches to the Functions and Development of Imaginal Dialogues" and consists of three chapters. Part II offers "A Critique of Contemporary Psychological Approaches to Imaginal Dialogues" and is also in three chapters. In Part III, "Re-Conceiving a Developmental Theory of Imaginal Dialogues," Watkins uses disciplines such as literature and religion to assist her psychological theorizing. In the last part, "Therapeutic Implications: Entertaining Voices," she considers the practical implications of the foregoing chapters for therapy. Her aim is to show that "a developmental approach to the imaginal need not eliminate its very subject" (p. 174).
Publisher Information:Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 1986. 207p. Bibliography: 184-199; Chap notes; Ind: 200-207
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