Imaginative Play as the Precursor of Adult Imagery and Fantasy

  • Jerome L. Singer


When clinicians refer to adult imagery or fantasies they are generally somewhat imprecise in terminology. Probably for scientific purposes it is best to view imagery as a function closely allied to perceptual processes, a basic capacity to reduplicate information gathered through specific sensory modalities. Thus, we can have auditory images or tactile images which roughly repeat information originally presented through the appropriate senses. Naturallyoccurring fantasies and daydreams and many of the “imagery” procedures employed clinically or in self-development programs are more complex. They include sequences of images in various modalities as well as self-instructions and related forms of interior monologue. Perhaps what these functions have in common is an overriding attitudinal set of pretending or, as the neurologist Kurt Goldstein used to say, “taking an attitude toward the possible”.


Social Play Symbolic Play Imaginative Play Tactile Image Play Theme 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerome L. Singer
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  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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