What are Mental Images

We use mental images every day but seldom know how to make the best use of them. People often ask me what mental images are and I will explain.   For example how do we find things (like our house or our car), how do we recognize11.hold-book-up-when-reading_small people we know (our spouse, parents or children), how do we find the ingredients for a meal, etc  These are all everyday things that we take for granted.

A bit like breathing, if you are reading this you can agree that you are breathing, but only a few people have been taught about the effects on you of how you breathe, for example how to breathe in a way that reduces your anxiety.

In just the same way almost everyone is creating mental images, and having little idea about how they are using them and the effects on their mind, body and spirit.  Some people can create glorious multi-colour pictures like a high definition TV, others get black and white pictures, others get cartoons and some may just know what something looks like but can really “see” it.  All of these are fine and like so many things if you start to pay more attention to them they get clearer.  The group that don’t think they see pictures may have such fast pictures that they can’t keep them still to look at an image, e.g. they just “know” what colour their car but don’t see a still image.  Of course some people have nasty images that can be quite unhelpful or disturbing.  The important thing to know is that you can learn to control your images, good or bad, just as simply as you control your breath and with a little practice get them to be perfect for you.

Empowering Learning specializes in how to maximize the use of mental images in thinking and learning.  Take a look at:

Why is mental imagery ignored in schools

If you or your child have great mental images of pictures and are struggling with spelling, this is very typical with creative children, just click here.





About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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