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Imagery modification was administered in a pilot study to patients with bulimia nervosa. The aim was to change patients' emotionally held negative self-beliefs. Negative self-beliefs were identified and belief ratings obtained. A single session imagery intervention, focused on an early memory associated with these beliefs, was then conducted with the experimental group, while a control group received a control intervention. Significant changes were found in the experimental group, compared to the control group, in belief ratings for emotionally held negative self-belief ratings. Emotional (and rational) self-belief change was associated with mood and behavior change, including decreased urge to binge. The implications and limitations of the study are discussed. © 2007 Springer Publishing Company.

Original publication

DOI

10.1891/088983907780851577

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

Publication Date

01/06/2007

Volume

21

Pages

117 - 122