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

Hey, New Dads: Having Scary Thoughts Is Common

This Father's Day, let's challenge the most pervasive fantasy of all time — that fathers don’t need emotional support.

The Doctor Is In: New Web Series Explores the World of Kink

A new web series provides insight, humor and education about BDSM.

The Good Husband as Failed Lover

Romance can be a form of narcotic for a certain kind of woman, and Emma Bovary is the embodiment of the woman whose life can be shattered by too heavy a dependence on fantasy.

When Fantasies Lead You Down the Wrong Path

By Amy Fries on June 09, 2017 in The Power of Daydreaming
If we don’t take a step back periodically and become conscious of the fantasies that fuel us, we can find ourselves ferociously marching down the wrong path.
Woman writing. Pixabay, Public Domain.

Learning by Writing Fiction

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on June 04, 2017 in Rethinking Thought
Tell co-workers that you're writing a novel, and you're likely to get nervous glances.

Internet Infidelity: Today's Blind-Spot Threat to Marriage

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on June 01, 2017 in Clear Communication
Has your marriage or someone's marriage you know been devastated by Internet infidelity? Here's some tips with how to guard yours against going down that slippery slope.
Bev Webb, 2012

Sorting Fact From Fiction: Why Expertise Matters

Are you able to utter the three magic words "I don't know"? If not, you could be on your way to making some really bad decisions.

At Any Stage in Life, 8 Steps Can Turn a Dream into Reality

If your dream is something so big that you are afraid whisper it, make a plan, stay focused, then shout it from the rooftops and own it.
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The Healing Power of Placebos: Fact or Fiction?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 25, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Does new research really prove that placebos don't require deception?

Is Kinkphobia a Crisis in the Mental Health Field?

Qualitative studies show that kinkphobia is a pernicious and pervasive problem within the mental health field.

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.
Wider Film Projects

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.