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ERIC Number: EJ939150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0075-417X
An Adolescent and His Imaginary Companions: From Quasi-Delusional Constructs to Creative Imagination
Adamo, Simonetta
Journal of Child Psychotherapy, v30 n3 p275-295 2004
In this paper I shall describe the psychotherapeutic treatment of a 14-year-old boy, who suffered from mild Asperger's syndrome. This adolescent had a multiplicity of imaginary friends, which protected him from catastrophic feelings of loneliness and deadness, but at the same time interfered with the possibility of establishing meaningful relations with human beings. As the relationship with the therapist gradually gained the vitality and importance originally invested in his parallel fantasy world, the imaginary companions simultaneously faded away. His imagination then became more closely connected to inner reality and to creative processes. The psychoanalytic literature on imaginary companions is reviewed, and it is suggested that the concept of a self-protective device could be usefully applied to understanding the functions that this fantasy performed for the patient.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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