I must say that experiencing a vivid event in your mind does conjure true emotions.
I am amazed by that.
In a lucid dream you can jump off a ledge on a building and feel your stomach go into your throat and feel genuine exhilaration just like an adrenalin junkie, knowing it is all an illusion. So there is some merit in creating feelings and moods through visualization. Even though you know the visuals are an illusion, the emotions don't lie.
I am not a therapist and I think the feeling only last for so long before it dissipates and you come back to your perceived real world problems. Which we all have.
So on one hand: who knows if it truly works? I think it might for some.
But on the other hand, Mr. Summerlander
, although I am inclined to agree for the most part, using words like 'Mr. Therapist' sounds derogatory and although I love your counterpoints, I have to say, you must choose your words carefully if you want to win people over and make a memorable impression and have them truly listen.
I like your last comment with: "Knavish men". I had to look that word up and I like it. 'Used car salesman' is another term I use sometimes, and 'false prophet' is another to describe any non-credible person. Succinct and pithy. Brilliant.
(I would have said, 'incredible', which I think is the proper word, but that always reminds me of the hulk)