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Book Review
July 1998

By Force of Fantasy

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by Ethel S. Person, MD, New York, NY, Basic Books, 1995.


Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1998;55(7):657-658. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.55.7.657

At first glance, the aim of this book is to broaden our perspective on fantasy. Dr Person argues convincingly that fantasies are not only the source of symptoms and other aspects of pathology but are, as well, a mental workspace for healthy adaptation and creativity. She further views fantasies as having multiple origins, with important formative elements from external reality and especially from the culture, as well as from the "inside." In accomplishing this broadening of perspective, she provides a valuable typology of the various forms and functions of our diverse fantasies.

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