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

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.

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.


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.

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?

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.
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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.

Voting for the Magic Wand, or Trump's Phallic Victory

By Lawrence D. Blum M.D. on January 09, 2017 in Beyond Freud
Voters are influenced by powerful fantasies that pundits don't talk about.

The Future of Remote Sex

By Michael Castleman M.A. on January 01, 2017 in All About Sex
Introducing teledildonics, Web-enabled sex toys that now make remote sex feel closer than ever to the real thing.

Here's a Quick Way to Develop Your Intuition

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on December 29, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
It's been said that everyone is intuitive if they just listened to their inner voice. This article will offer some preliminary tips on how to develop and practice your intuition.

An Atheist in Praise of Bible Stories

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 28, 2016 in How To Do Life
We'd benefit by banishing the double-standard for fiction and Bible stories.

16 Great Books About Passion

By Gregg Levoy on December 23, 2016 in Passion!
Here are a handful of mini-reviews of some of my favorite reads—both fiction and nonfiction—about the passionate life.

2 Questions to Ask If You're Afraid of Nuclear Power

Here's how you can get to the bottom of heated debates about solutions to the global energy crisis.
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When Robots Reign: Getting Along With Robo Sapiens

We identify ourselves not as this or that fiddle, but with the whole orchestra.

Improving Physical Movement With Visualization

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Attention Training
This mechanism has been mined by sports for years, but it is useful to health and healing beyond the sport world.
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When Robots Reign: Getting Along With Robo Sapiens

Sentience, consciousness, and the will to freedom are self-emergent features of sufficiently complex, dynamic networks.

10 Ways to Make a Long-Distance Love Relationship Work

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 11, 2016 in Life, Refracted
The trials of a long-distance love relationship can be transformed into benefits through awareness of each partner's emotions, desires, reaction styles, and communication habits.

A Science-y Take on Time Travel Needn't Break Your Brain

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Time travel isn't possible, says science, unless some currently unimaginable things happen. But don't let that dim your pleasure in the fantasy. An expert guide helps.