Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Writing - Types of imagination.


'Are you sure you want to step in there? You may never find your way out' - an interesting idea. I heard the quote from one of my favourite films and it got me thinking about types of imagination. Having been told in the past that I have no imagination it is probably the case that my imagination is different. My feeling is that imagination is individual and so there as many versions of that facility as there are people on the earth.


Imagination, also called the faculty of imagining, is the ability to form new images and sensations that are not perceived through sight, hearing, or other senses. Imagination helps make knowledge applicable in solving problems and is fundamental to integrating experience and the learning process.

There are no limits. If you feel you lack imagination just think about something familiar and change its colour or shape in some way, a square soccer ball, red bananas or purple rain! There are plenty of surreal artists who can provide pictures of dripping clocks and the like to jerk the unimaginative out of conventional reality.
If you Google 'types of imagination' you come up with millions of hits but there is a common theme of 8 types. Who decided 8 anyway?

1. “Effectuative Imagination combines information together to synergise new concepts and ideas.”
2. “Intellectual (or Constructive) Imagination is utilized when considering and developing hypotheses from different pieces of information or pondering over various issues of meaning say in the areas of philosophy, management, or politics, etc.”
3. “Imaginative Fantasy Imagination creates and develops stories, pictures, poems, stage-plays, and the building of the esoteric, etc.”
4. “Empathy Imagination helps a person know emotionally what others are experiencing from their frame and reference.”
5. “Strategic Imagination is concerned about vision of ‘what could be’, the ability to recognize and evaluate opportunities by turning them into mental scenarios…”
6. “Emotional Imagination is concerned with manifesting emotional dispositions and extending them into emotional scenarios.”
7. “Dreams are an unconscious form of imagination made up of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur during certain stages of sleep.”
8. “Memory Reconstruction is the process of retrieving our memory of people, objects, and events.”
I copied the 8 types but you know they are not that satisfying. They remind me of endless lectures in psychology that I attended in a previous existence and really when you think about what they are describing it is how we view our own life and the lives of others. Many of us fantasise about winning the lottery, we dream of better lives and support friends and relatives by imagining their pain. If there is an area of imagination where we all differ and which governs our taste in various aspects of the arts it is number 3.
Yet we can all have so much fun if we apply a little imagination to life. By using your imagination, it can make your day much more exciting and interesting. You'll find yourself more motivated and happy. Most adults grow out of their imagination, therefore they think they don't have one. By learning to take control of your imagination and by expanding it, you will be feeling much more calm and carefree.

Pretend you have a super power! Too strong? What about people watching?

Take some time out to watch people at their own lives and imagine what they are doing, where they are going and what issues they may have. That simple activity can be a great stress reliever and a source of inspiration.
You can find all sorts of mind games and activities that are intended to stimulate imagination but finding and indulging are rather like reading about a diet and trying it, you have to be in it to win it. Once you have tried it you may find a need to use it in a more 3D situation so write and be artisitic.

God Bless