Just an Illusion? Imagination as Higher Mental Function
Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark
- Corresponding Author:
- Luca Tateo
Communication and Psychology
Aalborg University, Denmark
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: October 01, 2015; Accepted date: November 03, 2015; Published date: November 10, 2015
Citation: Tateo L (2015) Just an Illusion? Imagination as Higher Mental Function. J Psychol Psychother 5:216. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000216
Copyright: © 2015 Tateo L. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Imagination is a fundamental psychological higher function that elaborates meaning by linguistic and iconic sings, related to memory, fantasy and intelligence, playing a crucial role in scientific thinking, art, and societal change as well as in education and promotion of wellbeing. Contrary to the traditional understanding in psychology and philosophy, imagination is not in opposition with rational thinking and reality, it is rather a specific form of adaptation and pre-adaptation to environment through a self-regulatory process by production and elaboration of meaning. Imagination is also fundamental to guide the future oriented behavior both at individual and collective levels. Human action is based on an imaginative reconstruction of the past in function of an imagined future. Rethinking imagination in psychological sciences requires a different look at the relationship between mind and the environment. In this article such a perspective is elaborated after a short outline of the history of the notion of imagination.