Akhter Ahsen, Ph.D. is a therapist with a vision. This vision
translated into the formulation of Image Psychology, spanning
the disciplines psychology, clinical and experimental,
philosophy, literature, mythology, sports and learning
and the publication of over 30 books in the field. Dr. Ahsens
work in imagery, specifically the eidetic image, began in
the 1950s and has continued through this new millennium.
The 4th American Imagery
Joseph Campbell and Akhter Ahsen
the late 1970s Dr. Ahsen founded and is the editor
of The Journal of Mental Imagery,
a prestigious scientific journal which deals with imagery
and its advancement of human consciousness. At that time
he also founded the International Imagery Association, a
not for profit organization, which promotes conferences,
seminars, workshops to further a similar aim. In 1980, at
The 4th American Imagery Conference, sponsored by the IIA,
Joseph Campbell, the noted mythologist, related to the audience,
I am a storyteller about mythology, a synthesizer,
while you (Ahsen) are an originator.
Ahsen and Joseph Campbell met casually one day on the Sarah
Lawrence campus where Campbell was a Professor for many
years. Joseph Campbell was already a very well known lecturer
and author in his field, although the meeting preceded the
Bill Moyers interviews with him on mythology which
brought the topic into millions of homes throughout America.
(This series still remains one of Channel 13s most
popular ever.) Joseph Campbell was a genuine human being
whose eyes lit up when telling a story and who had a lightness
to his demeanor which reflected a spirit of connectedness,
a life force that had spontaneity and playfulness in it.
When Dr. Ahsen, at that time not known to Professor Campbell,
rung him up at Sarah Lawrence and asked if he could come
over and read him a piece of his work, Campbell said, Sure,
unaware that Dr. Ahsen would be over in just a few moments
as Ahsens Image Institute was only ten minutes away.
Within a few more moments Dr. Ahsen began reading from
Manhunt in the Desert, a work that Joseph Campbell would
later write in the introduction: You did not write
this; you received it.
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at Stanford University
Over the years
Dr. Ahsen has been associated with men and women of distinguished
in their fields. Dr. Ernest R. Hilgard, Professor Emeritus
of Stanford University and past President of the APA, has
stated regarding eidetics, The principles of this
approach rely on bright visual images and the feeling of
reality they project inside the mind, so that
the inner and outer realities are bound together in the
body of a single image operation...(one becomes aware) of
the fascination inherent in imagery, the tricks that it
can play with consciousness, and the benefits that may lie
in its understanding and use.
The two men discussed
many issues in psychology over the years and Dr. Hilgard,
Senior Associate Editor of the JMIs
distinguished International Board of Editors has also said,
Akhter Ahsen, a psychologist active as a clinician,
experimentalist and theoretician ...As Ahsens study
established important links between various constellations
of the myth, a far-reaching clinical interpretation of the
underlying motivational principles emerges. Ahsen invites
the leader to enrich the concept of the image well beyond
any prior concept he or she may have had.