" Types of Imagination"


                    I have for some time pondered how to word the Idea of types of imagination, would it be good and bad, ying and yang,black and white, I think for now I will call " Paralyzing imagination " and " Non-Paralyzing imagination "

" Paralyzing imagination " - being drawn from what is conceptions of reconfiguring scenarios of what is already conceived or our history, say for example we "imagine" Drowning ,yet most likely never have.

         Maybe by Natures design could be most related to " Chaos and dis-order " fear of the chase, a herd of elk might experience when pursued by a pack of wolfs ? Being rushed   - Worry-

" Non-Paralyzing imagination " - Seeing the world A New, as if it has no History, nothing to be Pre-Concieved by.

        Maybe by Natures design could be most related to "Order and Harmony" - creative order

I think or should say can relate to how ;

Lori Lothian explains it here below

I found this site this Morning,thought well worth studying ; 

8 Types Of Imagination

by TeachThought Staff

1. Effectuative Imagination combines information together to synergize 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.




Imagination is the capacity to produce images, ideas and sensations in the mind without any immediate input of the senses (such as seeing or hearing). Imagination helps make knowledge applicable in solving problems and is fundamental to integrating experience and the learning process.[1][2][3][4] A basic training for imagination is listening to storytelling (narrative),[1][5] in which the exactness of the chosen words is the fundamental factor to "evoke worlds".[6]

Imagination is a cognitive process used in mental functioning and sometimes used in conjunction with psychological imagery. The cognate term of mental imagery may be used in psychology for denoting the process of reviving in the mind recollections of objects formerly given in sense perception. Since this use of the term conflicts with that of ordinary language, some psychologists have preferred to describe this process as "imaging" or "imagery" or to speak of it as "reproductive" as opposed to "productive" or "constructive" imagination. Constructive imagination is further divided into voluntary top-down imagination driven by the prefrontal cortex, that is called mental synthesis, and spontaneous bottom up involuntary generation of novel images that occurs during dreaming. Imagined images, both novel and recalled, are seen with the "mind's eye".

Imagination can also be expressed through stories such as fairy tales or fantasies. Children often use such narratives and pretend play in order to exercise their imaginations. When children develop fantasy they play at two levels: first, they use role playing to act out what they have developed with their imagination, and at the second level they play again with their make-believe situation by acting as if what they have developed is an actual reality.

note; On story telling, of my oldest fondest memories of school is of certain teachers whom read stories, 2 and 3 grades, I still remember some of their stories,their names faces,their mannerism quite clearly. 

The early greeks such as Socrates where Orators,the Native Tribes.

Story Telling I believe greatly enhances imagination.


My greatest " Life Drawing " class was one with 16 students, all fairly advanced in education (3rd 4th year college), I had given the Class a copy of  Robert Henri's Art Spirit , the Teacher/Professor took upon himself, to read excerpts from it from that time on " at the beginning of each new class read different excerpts". The effect was quite good at getting everybody in the mood to draw/sketch.

-------------------------------------Posing for me was a great Acting out of my Imaginations-----------------------------------------------------------

                          I could imagine for example that I was Sailing my sailboat, hoisting the sails,at the tiller etc.or maybe skipping rocks of surface of water while walking along shore, the Ideas aways endless.

                          This is how I got good at modeling,by conveying to the students a Act of something I might be doing.


                                             I think Yuval takes one to look at a type of " Imagination " often over-looked.