The process of imagining objects or events that are not actually occurring or present. The term also refers to the mental image. Fantasy can give the illusion that wishes have been met. In this sense, it provides satisfaction and can be a means of helping people to cope when reality becomes too unpleasant. Fantasy can also stimulate creativity. Psychoanalysts believe that some fantasies are unconscious and represent primitive instincts; these fantasies are presented to the conscious mind in symbols.


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