The structure of fantasy

Hall, Eric (1979) The structure of fantasy. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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The focus of this study is on guided fantasy; a technique which is increasingly used in educational and psychotherapeutic situations. The potential coherence of guided fantasy is examined by establishing the degree to which the elements of various guided fantasy experiences are perceived as being similar.

Two forms of guided faintasy are examined:

(a) A situation in which an individual subject is relaxed, with closed eyes and he is given a theme to begin the fantasy journey. The subject describes the fantasy aloud and the experimenter acts as a guide, using a non-directive mode of intervention.

(b) A group form of guided fantasy in which the subjects are relaxed, with closed eyes, and a script of the fantasy journey, with long pauses, is read to the group.

The elements of fantasy were evaluated using the subjects' personal constructs, except in the case of one group study where Cattell's sixteen personality factors were used. All of the individual subjects, the two group analyses and the individuals within the groups produced significant organizations of fantasy experience. This provides a basis for discussion of guided fantasy in terms of its meaningful structure. This is relevant to the consideration of interpretation, the possibility of sub-personalities and the ideas of overdetermination and condensation.

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Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Keywords: Fantasy, Psychotherapy, Personality, Inner experience
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC 321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Education
Item ID: 10349
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2017 00:05

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