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What are the origins of shamanic journeying imagery? The modification of a hypnoanalytic technique to address an enduring methodological problem

Rock, Adam and Baynes, Peter 2007, What are the origins of shamanic journeying imagery? The modification of a hypnoanalytic technique to address an enduring methodological problem, Humanistic psychologist, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 349-361, doi: 10.1080/08873260701593342.

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Title What are the origins of shamanic journeying imagery? The modification of a hypnoanalytic technique to address an enduring methodological problem
Author(s) Rock, Adam
Baynes, Peter
Journal name Humanistic psychologist
Volume number 35
Issue number 4
Start page 349
End page 361
Publisher Lawrence Eribaum Associates, Inc.
Place of publication United States
Publication date 2007-10
ISSN 0887-3267
Summary Shamanic journeying imagery arguably transcends geographical space and historical time. However, to what extent is the content of the journeying imagery a construction of the shaman's cultural cosmology, belief systems, autobiographical memories, etc? It is suggested that attempts to answer this question are hampered by a fundamental methodological obstacle: how to detect contextual influences on imagery that the shaman cannot report on because they are outside his/her present awareness and memory. A partial solution is presented: Watkins' (1971) Affect Bridge, a hypnoanalytic technique used to uncover the origin of an affect. A nonhypnotic version of the technique developed for inquiry into shamanic journeying imagery is then explicated. Two recent empirical studies conducted by Rock (2006) and Rock, Casey and Baynes (2006), illustrating the utility of the Modified Affect Bridge with regards to investigating experimentally the origin of ostensibly shamanic journeying imagery reported by naive participants, are summarized. A tentative ostensibly shamanic journeying imagery origin typology is formulated and suggestions for future research are advanced.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/08873260701593342
Field of Research 220312 Philosophy of Cognition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007700

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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