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How does imagery work?

A script is rehearsed over and over before the behavior, during the behavior and after the behavior in part or in the whole form. Rehearsal of behaviors in this way allows the muscles to fire as if the behavior was actually taking place. Dreaming is very similar to imagery. Dreams are about something that has happened, something that is about to happen, something we wish to change/have happen or something unconscious we are sorting through and figuring out. Dreams are vivid. They are similar to television: colorful, active, and include pictures that draw out our sense of smell, taste, sight and hearing. Developing imagery is similar but we want to focus on positive images (past positive images if you have them) and the use of our senses to learn, rehearse or strengthen a behavior. For example, you remember the love you had for bicycle riding when you were a kid and want to start riding a bicycle as an adult but aren't sure you remember how. You can remember an instance when you were 10 flying down the road on your bicycle. You were all alone, in the middle of the country and remember the sense of freedom and fun. Write that experience down on a piece of paper with as many specifics as you can remember including: smells, tastes, sights, movements and things you could hear. Reliving that moment alongside actually getting out and cycling will recondition your mind and body so you'll be prepared to start cycling again.

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