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Sexual Fantasy, Unconscious Phantasy, and The Dynamics of Attachment*

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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.

Keywords: ATTACHMENT IN COUPLES; COUPLE PSYCHOTHERAPY; NARCISSISTIC OBJECT RELATING; SEXUAL FANTASY; SHARED UNCONSCIOUS PHANTASY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2019

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