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Eidetic Imagery Psychology

*Eidetic images are bright, lively pictures seen in the mind, much like a movie image or photograph. Extensive scientific research has found that these distinctive types of images are neurologically recorded in the brain and systematically stored for future reference.

The process of uncovering them breaks down the habitual, knee jerk reactions, thoughts, and attitudes that result in discordant solutions to life and work problems, by bringing forth empowered states of mind already encoded within one’s psyche. These special images allow access to one's authentic strengths, hidden capabilities and innate creativity. Always present, they need only be brought to the surface.

Eidetic Imagery helps to unlock the intrinsic and most potent capabilities inherent in each person, helping to reveal current obstacles in a new light. This leads to the discovery of innovative solutions, deeper success in working relationships, and the enhanced ability to attain one’s goals. Healing is about bringing forth empowered states of mind already encoded within one's psyche. Inside each of us is a genetic blueprint for our wholeness. These special images give us access to our authentic strengths, hidden capabilities and innate creativity.


An Eidetic has three basic components:

  • The Image (I): The picture in the mind’s eye, which may be either vague or vivid

  • The Somatic Response (S): The physical and/or emotional sensation accompanying the image, including sensory details such as sights, sounds, smells, or any form of information and;

  • The Meaning (M): The message the image conveys; the reason it has been stored this way within the mind.


The Eidetic image:

  • Gives you insights into any person, problem or situation

  • Breaks your fixed perspectives on how you see and respond to others

  • Brings forth unrealized inner powers from your mind and body to deal with any situation or relationship.

  • Helps you go from negative to positive emotions – helplessness to power, fear to love, criticism to compassion – by drawing upon your inner strength.

  • Brings healing energies to the body.


Eidetic Imagery Psychology – “An approach which enables a person to cut through the mind/body problem and deal with essential unity, which is himself as a human being.” (Journal of Mental Imagery)

Empathy Group

Empathy is the feelingful entry into our own and another person’s emotional life. It is the total experience of being shoulder to shoulder, eye to eye, heart to heart and toe to toe with another person. Through empathy, true knowledge emerges about self and others. The Empathy Group process utilizes Eidetic Imagery as a vehicle to enable participants to step into the experiences of others and discover empathy as a path towards healing. The process embodies the foundations of Eidetic Imagery – that one person’s imagery heals another. By bridging the emotional gaps among group participants in this experiential environment, the sharing of perceptions creates a feeling of group consciousness, unity and compassion which is one of the most powerful things that alters interactions. In this setting, spontaneous healing images emerge that shift perceptions and help group members uncover areas where they are “stuck” in personal life situations. Empathy groups are structured around questions pertaining to developmental dynamics in our childhoods. In them, we gain understanding of the knee-jerk reactions and habitual mental/emotional ‘programs’ that run us. The basic foundation of how we respond to the world is formed by our developmental history with. On the other side of these images is the potential for deep awareness and healing.

*Adapted from the writings and teachings of Jaqueline Sussman, M.S., LPC.

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