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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 649–650. Reviews the book, In the Mind's Eye: The Power of Imagery for Personal Enrichment by Arnold Lazarus (1978). This self-help book for the layperson is well written arid easy to understand As is the problem with many self-help books, it promises a great deal and makes strong claims. The book is divided into four sections. The first section, on the power of imagery. Part 2, on using imagery to build confidence and skill. Part 3, on using imagery to overcome problems, covers a wide gamut of behaviors from suicide to psychosomatic disorders, to prevention of future shock. Part 4, covering some additional imagery exercises, is concerned mainly with assertive-training-type procedures. The tone of the presentation suggests that if one reads it and follows the directions laid down by the author, behavior changes are likely. The author should suggest alternatives if the book does not accomplish the readers' objectives. Deficiency of the book is lack of specificity in a number of areas. Inspite of the above deficiencies, Lazarus has suggested some creative procedures and it appears reasonable to assume that if readers follow his suggestions, some of them will benefit. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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