The art of visualization

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Visualization can be described as a process of creation, modification, or strengthening of body coordination works through brain engagement. There are various ways to classify visualization, among which we will concentrate on the following:

  • Outcome visualization – imagining the desired end goal without the details of how to get there. The application of this type of technique is impossible to enumerate.
  • Process visualization – imagining a specific process in as many details as possible to rehearse for a perfect performance. Can be used for public speaking, sports, and other processes.

Why does it work?

Some of the cognitive systems affected by a conscious imaginary work are memory, attentiveness, perception, and even movement (hence the name mental rehearsal). Moreover, consistent visualization results in increased confidence and motivation.   

Interesting fact: visualization is considered the most effective meditation technique for body weight management.  

Numerous studies have shown that the brain reacts to images as well or better than to physical actions or words. This is directly related to neuroplasticity, the ability of your mind to change over time. When visualizing, you involve your neurotransmitters to create the same impulse by the brain as a real-life action would do to perform a movement. By visualizing regularly, the neural pathways undergo a learning process, the same you would achieve by actual repetitive performance. Images reinforce your cognitive models causing the practiced move or action to become automatic.