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The Fantasy Bond: Effects of Psychological Defenses on Interpersonal Relations

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This book offers a hypothesis centering around the concept of the "Fantasy Bond," an illusion of connection formed with the mother and later with significant others in the individual's environment. This book offers a hypothesis centering around the concept of the "Fantasy Bond," an illusion of connection formed with the mother and later with significant others in the individual's environment.


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This book offers a hypothesis centering around the concept of the "Fantasy Bond," an illusion of connection formed with the mother and later with significant others in the individual's environment. This book offers a hypothesis centering around the concept of the "Fantasy Bond," an illusion of connection formed with the mother and later with significant others in the individual's environment.

30 review for The Fantasy Bond: Effects of Psychological Defenses on Interpersonal Relations

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    In The Fantasy Bond, Dr. Firestone gives his theory - the fantasy bond - for why people behave in self-destructive ways. Specifically, he explores the mental illness of schizophrenia to illustrate how the fantasy bond works but does not limit his theory to schizophrenia alone. He gives a deep, well thought out explanation for his theory and does not mix in any sugar-coated garbage about finding happiness or getting more exercise. I enjoyed reading his book because he writes as one adult talking In The Fantasy Bond, Dr. Firestone gives his theory - the fantasy bond - for why people behave in self-destructive ways. Specifically, he explores the mental illness of schizophrenia to illustrate how the fantasy bond works but does not limit his theory to schizophrenia alone. He gives a deep, well thought out explanation for his theory and does not mix in any sugar-coated garbage about finding happiness or getting more exercise. I enjoyed reading his book because he writes as one adult talking to another and because the material in itself is fascinating, especially the symbolic themes in which maladaptive behaviors occur. Also, Dr. Firestone is purely interested in providing his theory and nothing else. He does not give any ways to overcome the fantasy bond but does explain some stories of how people living in the fantasy bond tried to help themselves. I believe Dr. Firestone is an atheist, which may turn off religious people. He views religion and the family itself as supporting structures of the fantasy bond in that they obscure the person's view of death by denying it in religious rituals based on the idea of life after death. It is a somber book. He also does not have an overly positive view of humanity, stating that a great majority of people live lives in the grip of the fantasy bond without knowing it, making their lives miserable. Therefore, it is a good book but just be warned that it is not an uplifting one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    The first third of this book has the most compelling information as far as self-help or basic psychological theory is concerned. The rest comes across as pretty dated and is largely inessential, but it's a good resource for those interested in uncovering the roots of trauma. The first third of this book has the most compelling information as far as self-help or basic psychological theory is concerned. The rest comes across as pretty dated and is largely inessential, but it's a good resource for those interested in uncovering the roots of trauma.

  3. 4 out of 5

    April Capil

    This book was *mostly* excellent - super-dense, I had to read several sections two or three times to let them sink in. Fascinating insights into what motivates us in relationships and how our parental dynamics have lasting effects. Only reason I did not give it 5 stars was there are large sections about an "intentional community" that the author was a part of that was not really as informative/insightful as the rest of the book was - it was more of a case study of a group of families towards the This book was *mostly* excellent - super-dense, I had to read several sections two or three times to let them sink in. Fascinating insights into what motivates us in relationships and how our parental dynamics have lasting effects. Only reason I did not give it 5 stars was there are large sections about an "intentional community" that the author was a part of that was not really as informative/insightful as the rest of the book was - it was more of a case study of a group of families towards the end, which departed from the style of the beginning of the book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hbaraiki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A fantasy bond is an illusion of connection and intimacy that allows someone to maintain a facade of relating to the other and maintaining their bond while being emotionally distant. more about the book here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/... A fantasy bond is an illusion of connection and intimacy that allows someone to maintain a facade of relating to the other and maintaining their bond while being emotionally distant. more about the book here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sonja Parsell

    Wow. This explains so much about my formative years. I feel totally validated as to why I set off “on my own” when I was in my late 20’s...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    A heavy text on the powerful structures of the mind that keep using psychological defenses long after they're helpful, and even despite the fact that they're becoming hugely destructive to an individual's growth. Seems there is a new miraculous fact on every page -- and this is a lengthy book! I hope I can incorporate some of the wisdoms of this study into my life. A very important book. A heavy text on the powerful structures of the mind that keep using psychological defenses long after they're helpful, and even despite the fact that they're becoming hugely destructive to an individual's growth. Seems there is a new miraculous fact on every page -- and this is a lengthy book! I hope I can incorporate some of the wisdoms of this study into my life. A very important book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    This book drops truth bomb after truth bomb. I'm re-reading it and it's just spot on. This book drops truth bomb after truth bomb. I'm re-reading it and it's just spot on.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Todd Miller

    meh.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anittah

    Fantasy Bond quoted at: http://xoxoanp.com/zine/sex-the-city-... Fantasy Bond quoted at: http://xoxoanp.com/zine/sex-the-city-...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Very 70's feel to me. A lot of concepts are outdated and no longer considered authoritative. Interesting but didn't resonate. Very 70's feel to me. A lot of concepts are outdated and no longer considered authoritative. Interesting but didn't resonate.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

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    Robin

  13. 5 out of 5

    नीरा

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tom Shawke

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gustaf Brickman

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael Mccoy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Scott

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Schwartz

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Alexander

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mirela Tudose

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  22. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Zimmerman

  23. 5 out of 5

    Allie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Meghan Talt

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Dee

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Massie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Noah

  28. 4 out of 5

    Colin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bob Kimble

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