Dreamjourneys: Using Guided Imagery and Transformational Fantasy with Children
A child’s early formative years are characterized by a harmonious blend of cognitive and affective learning strategies. Reverie and analysis are woven into the emerging brain processes and are not separate.
Hemispheric dominance, in which one of the brain hemispheres becomes stronger than the other, appears to establish itself, in most children, as they are exposed to people or environments where learning is highly controlled.
In the modern school system cognitive learning strategies dominate over affective learning styles. This leads us to consider whether, in fact, many of the children who do not function well in school are suffering from displaced hemispheric orientation (split brain/psyche).
There is growing evidence that learning blocks in both children and adults are rooted in an inherent imbalance between the cognitive and affective learning capabilities associated with left and right brain hemispheres.
The introduction of imagery and visualization into the learning strategies of young children and young people results in a reestablishment of contact and interaction between the two brains. Imagery techniques assist children in coping with low self-esteem, in reducing phobias and fear, in redirecting thought processes which have become stuck, and ultimately in renegotiating power for the child in terms of his/her learning. Empowerment and clarity are the natural outcomes of this type of affective learning strategy.
KeywordsBrain Hemisphere Fairy Tale Staging Area Hemispheric Dominance Affective Learning
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