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n. a complex sequence of imagination in which several imaginary elements are woven together into a story. An excessive preoccupation with one’s fantasies may be symptomatic of a difficulty in coping with reality or part of a narcissistic personality disorder (see narcissism). In psychoanalytic psychology, unconscious fantasies are believed to control behaviour, and psychological symptoms may be symbols of or defences against such fantasies (see symbolism).

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