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Sexual fantasy, unconscious phantasy, and the dynamics of attachment

Christopher Clulow
DOI: 10.5603/SP.2020.0007
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Seksuologia Polska 2020;18.

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Abstract

This article explores sexual fantasy as an articulation of unconscious phantasy in couple relationships.
Drawing on patterns of attachment, and attending to „pretend” and „psychic equivalence” states of mind,
it considers the potential of partners to combine in enacting shared unconscious phantasy through fantasy-
-driven sexual encounters. Observations about different forms of narcissistic object relating are made in
this context, and some implications for couple therapists suggested.

Abstract

This article explores sexual fantasy as an articulation of unconscious phantasy in couple relationships.
Drawing on patterns of attachment, and attending to „pretend” and „psychic equivalence” states of mind,
it considers the potential of partners to combine in enacting shared unconscious phantasy through fantasy-
-driven sexual encounters. Observations about different forms of narcissistic object relating are made in
this context, and some implications for couple therapists suggested.

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Keywords

attachment in couples, couple psychotherapy, narcissistic object relating, sexual fantasy, shared unconscious phantasy

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Title

Sexual fantasy, unconscious phantasy, and the dynamics of attachment

Journal

Seksuologia Polska (Polish Sexology)

Issue

Vol 18 (2020): Continuous Publishing

Article type

Other materials agreed with the Editors

Published online

2020-12-21

DOI

10.5603/SP.2020.0007

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Seksuologia Polska 2020;18.

Keywords

attachment in couples
couple psychotherapy
narcissistic object relating
sexual fantasy
shared unconscious phantasy

Authors

Christopher Clulow

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