phantasy

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

phantasy (plural phantasies)

  1. Dated form of fantasy.
    • H. P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Over Innsmouth:
      … what man has hitherto known only in febrile phantasy and tenuous legend?
  2. (psychology) The innate mental image of an object; the link between instinct and reality.
    • 1987, Juliet Mitchell, “Introduction”, in Selected Melanie Klein, ISBN 0029214815, page 22:
      By later Kleinians and critics alike, phantasy is often seen as identical to Freud's concept of psychic reality.
    • 2013, Lene Austed quoting Jonathan Davidoff, “Introducing Psychoanalysis and Politics”, in Nationalism and the Body Politic, ISBN 9781781812426, page 262:
      However, Klein's phantasy is not exactly Lacan's imaginary fantasy; it is, I think, more than that.

Usage notes[edit]

In psychological writing, the spelling phantasy is often used to differentiate the Kleinian concept, which represents an innate unconscious process, from the related Freudian concept fantasy, with is conscious and deliberate.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Internal Objects Revisited by Joseph Sandler, Anne-Marie Sandler, page xii