Understanding Fantasies

Fantasies are not frivolous. They can be entertaining, distracting, frightening, even arousing, but they also allow for creativity and help us plan for the future. As long as we don't mistake fantasies for reality (as in delusional disorder and schizophrenia) or let them become too rigid (as in paraphilias), they provide a necessary escape from the here and now.

Recent posts on Fantasies

Out of the Shadows: Shining Light on the Vampire Community

New research on modern day vampires sheds light on this misunderstood community.

Conspiracy Pathology

Conspiracy theories shade into mental illness, as in the dream that destroyed David Crowley and family. The ambiguity that gives conspiracy thinking power also invites delusion.

The Personal Erotic Myth and the Rise of Fetishsexuality

A new sexual concept paves the way in understanding the role of the unconscious and psyche in exploring authentic sexuality.

More Than Just a Pretty Face: Unmasking Furry Fandom

Recent research debunks common misconception of the furry community as a bunch of sexual "deviants" or misfits.

Government Criminalizes Sexual Fantasy

Erotic age role-play between adults is incredibly common. Unfortunately, prosecutors and juries think it's sick and dangerous.

Superhero Therapy—Healing through fiction

Do you enjoy reading fiction, watching fantasy or science fiction TV shows, or reading Superhero comics? What if these have a potential to help us better manage our mental health?

How to Bolster Your Experience of Creative Flow

Are you recognizing what really energizes your creative making?

The Karma of Creativity

By Jennifer Haupt on May 07, 2017 in One True Thing
You volunteer, help others, treat the barista with respect, and try to be kind, and when you sit down to write, your imagination turns on like a friendly lightning bolt.

How Love Can Play Tricks On You

It’s very easy to ignore bad signs when you are falling in love, but you need to pay attention.
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I Got Hacked! Fibs, Fantasies, and Techo-Lies

By John Nosta on April 27, 2017 in The Digital Self
Is technology the newest excuse for being late, lazy and lackadaisical?

Mommy Nearest

Mother and son incest: Are deep-seated cultural taboos against recognizing it hindering therapy?

Virtual Reality as a Mirror of Depersonalization

By Elena Bezzubova on April 23, 2017 in The Search for Self
Negative mirroring between cyber-generated virtual reality and the psyche-generated virtual unreality, or depersonalization, opens the way to the quest for consciousness and self.

Negotiate Sexual Differences, Part 1: What We Do

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on April 13, 2017 in Sex Matters
Do you and partner want different things sexually? Here's how to find common ground.
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Can You Be Happy in The Matrix?

Two people have exactly the same experiences. One's trapped in the Matrix. The other's in the real world. Who's happier? And what evidence is supposed to decide this issue?

Superhero Psychology Resources

Students and journalists keep requesting info on superhero psychology. These sources use psychology to look at superhero fiction and use the fiction to explain real psychology.
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Superfandom and Its Contents

A phenomenon fueled by social media, superfandom is exploding. Its implications, however, on individuals and American society, is by no means clear.
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God Knows Where I Am

This documentary takes us into the life of Linda Bishop, and her family and caregivers. She was found dead in a New Hampshire home several months after her hospital discharge.

Hypochondria

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in Life After 50
Are hypochondriacs faking? Many doctors get angry at patients with imaginary symptoms because they can be insistent and stubborn in their demand for a cure to their ailment.

Tweaking the Past to Prepare for the Future

A recent study suggests that imagining what might have been in the past can help you prepare for what might be in the future.

Have Politics Ruined 'Fifty Shades'?

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on February 20, 2017 in SexualityToday
Christian Grey’s dominant tendencies worked as erotica during the Obama years. But many women may soon find egalitarianism and restraint looking better and better.
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Do Asexuals Have Sexual Fantasies and Do They Masturbate?

There is a spectrum of asexuality with a variety of sex drives, attractions, fantasies, and masturbations.

Should You See Fifty Shades for Valentine's Day?

By Sadie Leder Elder, Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in A Lesson Plan for Love
Should you go see Fifty Shades this Valentine's Day? It is prudent to consider how this deliciously salacious movie may impact your relationship, for better or worse.
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Close Call With a Killer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A crime historian pens an illustrated ebook about the cruel serial killer he once had encountered.

Margaret Mead and the Great Samoan Nurture Hoax

Margaret Mead’s claim that nurture prevailed over nature in Samoan childhood and adolescence has been shown to be completely fictitious.
Cover image used with permission of author and publisher.

The Challenge of Writing and Publishing Dark Fiction

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Think it's easy to write a serious book about good, evil, love, cowardice, Nazis, and a small group of people stuck on a desert island? An interview with Daniel A. Blum.

What You May Not Know About Serial Killers

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on February 05, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Rather than being satisfied when they murder, serial killers are driven toward repeating their killings in an unending “serial” cycle.
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Do You Feel Victimized?

What to do when you're feeling a victim.

10 Ways You Are Causing Your Own Unhappiness

By Meg Selig on January 24, 2017 in Changepower
There's a lot of suffering in life, but you don't have to add to it by making yourself unhappy. Discover 10 ways you might be causing your own suffering...and how to stop it now!

Dying to Be Great

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on January 23, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Astonishment greeted the new president’s inauguration speech about “American carnage,” but it points to the hidden story that brought him to the White House.