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Should You Only Listen To Guided Imagery On Headphones?

30 Jun

Question:

My therapist told me that I should only listen to the guided imagery with headphones, but I don't see that recommended anywhere here.

Is there a more powerful effect with headphones?

Also, if so, is the same true for the affirmations?

Thanks so much!

Edward

Dear Edward,

Headphones offer a little more direct and intimate experience, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't make a whole lot of difference - unless, of course, you're a sound engineer, who can barely stand to listen to any audio content without cans over his/her uber-sensitized ears.

The only people who dedicatedly listen on head phones that I know are Bruce Gigax, our sound engineer, and Steve Kohn, our composer. To them, it makes a huge difference.

But most of us regular people can listen without headphones and do just fine. In fact, we've never heard otherwise in 25 years of making and distributing these audio programs, during which time we've heard a lot of feedback, from the satisfied and the dissatisfied alike.

Perhaps your therapist is a dedicated audiophile, or an erstwhile music major, with very discriminating ears.

Or maybe nowadays most people are so used to listening to MP3's through their ear buds, that they cringe at the idea of doing otherwise. But if you're used to listening with your naked ear, you'll be just fine.

Thanks for asking. It's an interesting question that got me thinking, and one that we've never been asked before.

All best,

Belleruth

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award.