Michael Glock

A Frontline Report: A Transformational Praxis using Imagination and Emotions

Imagine divorcing, a death in the family, a furry spider or another perceived threat and your brain and body responds much like they would if you experienced the real thing. Imagine it repeatedly in a safe environment and soon your trauma/phobia/anxiety/fear subsides. Your brain responses as if it is real. This paper explores delivering a pioneering blend of counseling based on neuroscience that offers fast results in 50-minute, virtual, immersive sessions by combining the most beneficial principles of Hypnotherapy, Depth, Spiritual & Positive Psychology, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Dream Tending and the Wisdom Traditions. The outcome of this three-step model delivers a transformed life & continuous joy: clients experience more energy, creativity, deeper & more loving relationships combined with greater clarity, focus and a mental state that powerfully propels them towards future goals. About one in three people in the United States have anxiety disorders, including phobias, and 8 percent have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since the 1950s, clinicians have used "exposure therapy" as a first-line treatment, asking patients to face their fears -- real or imagined -- in a safe, controlled setting. But until now, very little has been known about how such methods impact the brain or how imagination and emotions neurologically compare to real-life exposure—the secret key is, therapeutical emotional imagination. Imagination: is the act or power of forming mental images of what is not actually present or has never been actually directly experienced. Notably, imagination not only has the potential to enrich the meaning of an experience and deepen understanding, by multiplying and expanding the perspectives from which a phenomenon can be considered, but it also allows anticipating the outcome of an action without actually performing it via a “simulation”. At its peak, imagination is the very mental faculty underlying visionary and creative transformation. With imagination, we are able to not only anticipate future events, but also to enrich our sense of the world, and conjure up alternative worlds, such as a future self. This paper continues the research and praxis started at the turn of the 20th century, by Sigmund Freud and his “Metapsychology” and the knowledge that depth psychology has always had a social edge. Taking psychoanalysis beyond the consulting room and applying it to culture and to its corresponding social edges were Freud's and Jung's real interests.

Bio

Michael Glock Ph.D. is an author, futurist, consultant and co-founder of Bloom Factor Inc. He is a graduate of the Philosophy program at Pacifica Graduate institute and works with individuals and companies to help them find their place within the Digital Economy. He is a “cultural creative” the inventor of several social science methodologies to forecast the future and help companies and individuals make sense of the disruptions and opportunities we are witnessing in the world today.

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