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The selfobject function of compensatory fantasy: Analytic work with a “New Age” patient

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the analysis of a man whose “New Age” belief system is viewed for its healthy selfobject function rather than as a symptom of “magical thinking.” Although the clinical and theoretical focus is primarily self psychological, elements of other schools of thought are also drawn upon. The classical position is shown as a contrasting and, ultimately, less effective way of understanding the case.

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Salamone, F. The selfobject function of compensatory fantasy: Analytic work with a “New Age” patient. Clin Soc Work J 23, 327–337 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02191754

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Keywords

  • Social Psychology
  • Belief System
  • Analytic Work
  • Classical Position
  • Magical Thinking