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While many people?as well as early psychoanalytical theorists?discounted fantasies and daydreams as insignificant, such essential constructs help charge and organize our lives and even contribute to cultural formulation and change, argues clinical psychiatrist Person (Dreams of Love and Fateful Encounters). For this accessible, textured and thought-provoking study, she draws on patient anecdotes, interviews and research data. Fantasies assuage needs beyond those of sex or aggression, such as mastery, autonomy and the repair of trauma; Person probes their sources and contents. She also tracks fantasies that unfold and influence life choices, such as "family romances," in which children dream of substitute parents. Other fantasies have broader effects, such as those transmitted from parents or the cultural scripts that help shape male and female identity. Perhaps most intriguing is Person's exploration of the use of borrowed fantasy?such as gay men's affection for iconic divas?and how creative fantasists such as Theodor Herzl transmuted their visions into world-changing actuality. Behavioral Science Book Service and Psychotherapy Book Club alternates.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140259961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140259964
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,564,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 1996
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Ethel Person has made a significant contribution to the study of human personality with her book By Force of Fantasy:How We Make Our Lives. I find myself contemplating the insights she has presented as well as wanting to read everything she has written, be it as editor or writer (see Amazon's other Person listings). Of all the many published writers, I would most like to meet her and listen to her incredible wealth of knowledge and to her concerns for the future of man and woman in our culture. This present work alone could be the foundation for realigning the direction of our child rearing practices, personal relationships and political expectations. It is one of the most worthwhile books one could ever read. It is a treasure
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fantastical9 on November 3, 2012
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Just couldn't stop reading this book. Loved it! And it really opened my eyes the the world of fantasy in a new demension; one I never had thought of before.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mahipal on September 24, 2007
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I enjoyed other books of this writer much more (Feeling Strong and her book on Love)
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