phantasy (plural phantasies)
- Dated form of fantasy.
1931 November–December, H. P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Over Innsmouth:
- […] what man has hitherto known only in febrile phantasy and tenuous legend?
- (psychology) The innate, mental image of an object; the link between instinct and reality.
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, which is conscious and deliberate.
- ^ Joseph Sandler; Anne-Marie Sandler (1998) Internal Objects Revisited, page xii