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Title: The structure of fantasy
Author: Hall, Eric
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 1979
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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. NB. This ethesis has been created by scanning the typescript original and contains some inaccuracies. In case of difficulty, please refer to the original text.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RC 321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry ; BF Psychology