Shamanic journeying imagery, constructivism and the affect bridge technique

Rock, Adam and Baynes, Peter 2005, Shamanic journeying imagery, constructivism and the affect bridge technique, Anthropology of consciousness, vol. 16, no. 2, Winter, pp. 50-71, doi: 10.1525/ac.2005.16.2.50.

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Title Shamanic journeying imagery, constructivism and the affect bridge technique
Author(s) Rock, Adam
Baynes, Peter
Journal name Anthropology of consciousness
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Season Winter
Start page 50
End page 71
Publisher American Anthropological Association
Place of publication Washington, DC
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1053-4202
Keyword(s) affect bridge
Summary Shamanic journeying imagery arguably occurs across cultures and historical epochs. However, to what extent is the content of the journeying imagery a construction of the shaman's cultural milieu, belief structures, autobiographical memories, and so forth. The present article finds the literature inconclusive on this question. It is suggested that attempts to answer it face a fundamental methodological problem: how to detect contextual influences on imagery that the shaman cannot report on because they are outside his/her present consciousness and memory. The authors propose a partial solution: Watkins' (1971) Affect Bridge, a memory “uncovering” technique used in hypnosis. A non-hypnotic version of the technique developed by one of the authors for inquiry into shamanic journeying imagery is then described.
Notes Posted online on December 12, 2006.
Language eng
DOI 10.1525/ac.2005.16.2.50
Field of Research 170299 Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, American Anthropological Association
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