The Force of Fantasy: Its Roles, Its Benefits and What It Reveals About Our Lives

 
9780006387565: The Force of Fantasy: Its Roles, Its Benefits and What It Reveals About Our Lives

An eminent psychiatarist unravels the meaning and purpose of fantasies (which we all have, even if we don’t realize it) and shows how they are vital to our emotional and psychological wellbeing

• Do we mean it if we fantasize about killing our boss/husband/mother?
• Do the fantasies of a woman differ from those of a man?
• What are sexual fantasies really about?
• Do the fantasies we enact as a child prefigure the career we will adopt as an adult?
• Is it useful to dream about winning a million pounds?

Draws on fascinating case histories to explore all the different kinds of fantasies we have
– romantic fantasies
– dreams of fame
– fantasies about power
– sexual fantasies
– career fantasies
– heroic fantasies etc.
and shows how they influence our behaviour, reveal our secret hopes and fears and help us transform our lives if we’re not happy.

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SUSIE ORBACH:
‘Wonderfully engaging and elegantly written’
ANTHONY STORR:
‘It is a pleasure to welcome a book which recognizes the many positive functions served by fantasy in the lives of all of us’

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• Is it useful to dream about winning a million pounds?
• Do the fantasies we enact as a child prefigure our career as an adult?
• Do we mean it if we fantasise about killing our boss/husband/mother?
• Do the fantasies of a woman differ from those of a man?
• What are sexual fantasies 'really' about?

Fantasies are crucial to our mental and emotional well-being. Most of us think of them as daydreams, not to be taken seriously – we are often embarrassed by them and rarely reveal them to other people. But far from being a retreat from the real world, they are essential to our psychological health.

Highly-regarded psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Ethel Person draws on a series of fascinating case histories from her years of clinical experience and research to explore the different kinds of fantasies people have. In an extraordinary engrossing book, full of original insights, she illustrates vividly how vital the role of fantasy is in helping us to establish relationships and resolve our daily conflicts and desires.

"Freud thought that fantasy was a childish escape from and denial of reality. It is a pleasure to welcome a book from a psychoanalyst which recognises the many positive functions served by fantasy in the lives of all us."
DR ANTHONY STORR

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