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How to Copy Us (or Anyone Else) without Plagiarizing--Rules of the Road

13 Nov

We don’t want people to stop copying info from Health Journeys.  By all means, have at it. Just do it legally….

Hello again.  Every now and then I come across a web page and find myself reading something about guided imagery that has me thinking, “Wow!  They really got it right. How great is that?”

Then it dawns on me that I’m reading my own words. (No wonder I find it so clever and spot on.)
Here, for instance, is a very familiar description of what guided imagery is, taken and combined from 3 or 4 different verbatim sentences, all written by yours truly.
“Guided imagery (sometimes called guided meditation, visualization, mental rehearsal and guided self-hypnosis) is a gentle but powerful technique that focuses the imagination in proactive, positive ways. It is a holistic, mind-body technique that consists of positive words and images, set to soothing music, to achieve specific goals of healing, learning, growth or spiritual wellness. Repeated listening ensures maximum impact. Almost anyone can benefit from a guided meditation. You can even fall asleep and it will still get through to your subconscious…”

Now, I think it’s great that the word is getting out about guided imagery, which is such a simple, user-friendly, inexpensive and effective a technique, that everyone should have a crack at it.  And I’m especially happy to see accurate, evidence-based, clinical information being put out there, to those who otherwise might not know the difference.
So I don’t want people to stop copying info from Health Journeys.  By all means, have at it.

But there are ways to legally use other people’s words.

Here is the recipe, embedded in this definition of PLAGIARISM, which happens to be illegal.  Check it out, bloggers and web content writers, and anyone else who wants to follow the rules and regs of civilized writing and publishing.
Plagiarism is when a person fails to place quotation marks around someone else's exact words, directly rephrasing or paraphrasing someone else's words while still following the general form of the original, and/or failing to issue the proper citation to one's source material.

So here’s the thing. By all means, adopt and share our words and other people’s, if you find them worthy of dissemination.  There’s no place better to do that than on the internet. Just put quotes around what’s not yours, and cite whose words they actually are and from whence they came.  You could even go crazy and supply the link to the URL, if you want to enter the Wild & Wooly Zone of The Generous.

And here, by the way, is the full, Health Journeys definition of what guided imagery is – and, truth be told,  I still like it better than the knock-offs. 

All best,

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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