Psychological Fantasy Reality by paulbudds


									              Psychological Fantasy Reality

                              Paul Budding

Basically I now see psychology and fantasy as two words that can be
used interchangeably. Psychology = Fantasy and vice versa. (I make
an exception for when physical pain is experienced as the individual
is a psychophysical whole. Thus we can also empathise with another
person who has toothache! Because we know how it feels).
Reality is de-literalized and it’s our inability to see this that causes so
much upset. Identifying with objects (literalizing them) and then
experiencing ego (psychological violence) and its complexes and
shadow projections is where it all goes pear shaped! The more right
you try and become about something outside of your psychology
(thoughts/feelings) the more neurotic you become because psychology
is fantasy and fantasy is psychology. Psychology is not about the
Of course if all psychology = de-literalized fantasy then why do we
need any terms like ‘Identification’? ‘Complex’? ‘Archetype’? Well
without the words "literalized", "Identification" I wouldn't have
realized my own mistakes and I would still be neurotic. So
they helped me in that way. So with that in-mind I would say that
My psychology has 3 strands to it:
1) Ego-Image Fantasy Identifications: that are strong and form
accompanying contradictory complexes in the unconscious that
dissociate the psyche following being shadow projected onto someone
else and then re-experienced back at you when that someone else
triggers the complexes. That’s the reason why we need to overcome
ego-image psychology… because the ego image equates to all of our
unconscious or conscious identifications. Then the contradictions to
these identifications establish repressed complexes in our
unconscious. Those complexes are projected out onto others (thus
psychosocially unhealthy). Those others trigger the complexes and

dissociate the psyche. So that is why I dislike the dominant ego and
shadow psychology. Ego Image Identification and Shadow psychology
is dominant because moderns like to think in such a way that means
they take sides and they have to be 'right'. Thus its psychological

2) Collective Archetypal Projected Unconscious Fantasy Statements
(CAPUFS) (e.g., God, UFO, Ghost… note that Shadow fits into 1 & 2)
that are made at all times and all places. (They may of course have
culturally time and place specific interpretations… e.g., the same
UFO vision would be vision of gods from one cultural perspective,
ET’s to ours. These latter Self examples illustrate that CAPUFS
contains more than the shadow thus distinguishing it from Ego-
Image Identification Psychology… despite some overlap).
The scholar of mythology Robert Segal writes that "An archetypal
experience is not any emotional event but only an overwhelming one,
the extraordinariness of which stems from the power of the archetype
encountered through [unconscious] projection". (Segal, R, in Jung, C,
1998, p40). The archetypal is useful for when thinking about
‘possession’ and ‘cults’.

3) Non-Archetypal/Non-Complex Forming Psychological
Fantasy Image Projections: Every single human fantasises all the
time. So in that sense this is 100% collective but non-archetypal due
to the absence of overwhelmingly strong emotion. This Non-
Archetypal Psychological Image Projection psychology is the most
common of the 3 strands of my psychology. The individuals
psychological projection onto anything is never identical with the
thing-in-itself. (nor identical with the situation or event). This means
that there is psychology separate from ‘things’. We can understand
the fact that no two people experience objects in exactly the same
way from the fact that their minds are never identical in their
thoughts and feelings. If people did experience the objects (or
situations, events) in exactly the same way then there would be

many identical people. However it is important to make ones
psychological fantasy conscious as this (from my own personal
experience) is psychologically healthier. This means that you are
aware of the fact that your psychology is psychological fantasy and
that objects (and events) are something different and that
dangerously literalizing the psychology (hardening it and thinking
it’s absolutely true) is psychological unconsciousness and is very
dangerous to your health. Your psyche will inevitably be painfully
dissociated until consciousness is attained. The surest way to ensure
that your psychology is consistent with this category is to make it
conscious thus aware that your psychology is distinct from ‘things’.


The very first thing that I would say is to work on the 'Ego-Image
Fantasy Identification'. Given that all psychological images
are 'fantasy' (i.e., irrespective of what category we put them in) then
we can say that the point that the identification is a 'fantasy' is a
good first point to make in our quest to dissolve it. The goal is to
transform the Ego-Image Fantasy identification into something more
moderately feeling-toned. Albeit, we do not amputate feeling-tone.
Simultaneous with the image being transformed - it is also
'transferred' 'from' the category of ‘Ego-Image Fantasy Identification’
'to' the category of 'Non-Archetypal/Non-Complex Forming
Psychological Image Fantasy Projection'. One option that I can think
of to heal the person here is... to substitute national identity for the
online world of 'Second-Life' identity. The psychologist only needs to
concern him or herself with whether or not the national identity loses
its power and eventually is transformed into non-negative-complex
forming 'Psychological Image Fantasy Projection'. So in conclusion
the psychologist asks "has the transformation eliminated the ego-
image identification and been replaced with something characterised
(from the psychological perspective) as healthily moderately feeling-

All (regardless of category) is fantasy psychology. And indeed, Second
Life identity is far less disguised than National Identity concerning
this point. National Identity is literalized for most people.

Of course another of my categories is to do with projected archetypes.
If possessed by an archetypal content then the same end result (as
above) is aimed for.

Overall Conclusion

All of psychological reality is fantasy reality and vice versa. Fantasy
reality that feels 'literal' is 'inauthentic'. The psyche (or mind)
punishes literalized psychology. So don't think with objects, think
with fantasy psychology.


Jung, C, (1998) Jung on Mythology (Key Readings Selected and
Introduced by Robert Segal) (Princeton University Press)


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