"Someday ..." and "if only ..." fantasies: pathological optimism and inordinate nostalgia as related forms of idealization.

@article{Akhtar1996SomedayA,
  title={"Someday ..." and "if only ..." fantasies: pathological optimism and inordinate nostalgia as related forms of idealization.},
  author={Salman Akhtar},
  journal={Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association},
  year={1996},
  volume={44 3},
  pages={723-53}
}
  • Salman Akhtar
  • Published 1996 in
    Journal of the American Psychoanalytic…
Fantasies whose core is constituted by the notions of "someday" and "if only" are ubiquitous in human psyche. In severe character pathology, however, these fantasies have a particularly tenacious, defensive, and ego-depleting quality. The "someday" fantasy idealizes the future and fosters optimism, and the "if only" fantasy idealizes the past and lays the groundwork for nostalgia. The two fantasies originate in the narcissistic disequilibrium consequent upon the early mother-child separation… CONTINUE READING

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