By Iain Edgar
A consultant to Imagework is a pioneering advisor to a brand new pattern in ethnographic examine: using imaginitive, experiential tools comparable to dreamwork, art, Gestalt conception and psychodrama. Originating in staff counselling and psychiatric treatment, imagework thoughts discover topics' innovative assets to bare subconscious wisdom approximately identification, trust and society. they're excellent for getting access to wealthy qualitative facts approximately how contributors and cultures functionality. Iain Edgar, a number one professional on ethnographic approach, has condensed top-level examine idea on imagework into this useful functional guide. entire with case experiences and examples, hands-on information and counsel on tools and ethics, it really is an awesome start line for any imagework venture.
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3 Another write-up but without an accompanying question: The person within did not take the form of a male or female. I was guided into the ‘hall of achievement’ where I was shown all the creations of mankind. In another place were all the things that had the potential to be created but never were because the dreamer had forgotten the dream. A good state of mental health, I think, is being able to remember the dream and going after it, not letting it slip out of your grasp. The following written reported experiences either contain a question or, as in the last one, describe the feeling tone of the experience: 4 5 6 7 I visualised my English teacher from school, Mr [name].
Each analytic level is evocative as well as interpretive so the data obtained is more holistic in the sense that it can and often does draw on the affective and intuitive aspects of the self as well as the rational. Spontaneous imagework The third field of imagework I call spontaneous imagework. This consists of leading a group of respondents on an imaginary journey. Examples of these journeys are written up in Ernst and Goodison (1981), Glouberman (1989), and Markham (1989). A very typical exercise of this type is for ‘Imaginary fields’ and the qualitative research domain 31 the facilitator of the exercise, after an introductory relaxation exercise, to lead the participants on a journey.
What symbols did you use to show ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ times? ‘Weather-related symbols were used because I feel they are very accurate in portraying emotions felt when going through good times (sunshine) and bad times (lightning). The sleeping bird represents the future goal of ultimate contentment in life’. How was/is our experience of ‘health’ affected by the society we live in? ‘Remembering mostly the bad times rather than the good; coming from a Western society, our experience of health is more focused towards the physical being: fitness, appearance; traditionally putting much less emphasis on the health of the spirit’.