Fantasies Of Flight

Hardcover | December 25, 2003

byDaniel M. Ogilvie

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Fantasies of Flight invigorates the field of personality psychology by challenging the contemporary academic view that individuals are best studied as carriers of traits. Daniel Ogilvie exchanges a heart-to-heart, case study approach to understanding human behavior for the current strategiesof categorizing and comparing individuals according to their manifest traits. Ogilvie asks and endeavors to answer questions like "What were the psychological conditions that led Sir James Barrie to create a character named Peter Pan?" and "What were the dynamics behind the Marshall HerffApplewhite's conviction that a space ship, hiding behind the Hale-Bopp comet, would rescue him and his Heaven's Gate followers after they enacted a mass suicide pact in 1997?" Answering these questions requires him to resurrect "old" ways to think about personality and "old" strategies for studyingindividuals one by one. Early in the book, Ogilvie reviews the history of why intensive case studies were discredited in psychology and describes how Sigmund Freud's psychobiographical account of Leonardo da Vinci's fascination with flight inadvertently abetted critics of psychoanalytic psychology. He then performs apartial psychobiography of James Barrie and the origins of Peter Pan, followed by an investigation of Carl Jung, who fashioned the collective unconscious to serve as humankind's link to eternity. Arguing that personality psychology needs to become less insular, Ogilvie integrates information fromthe disciplines of developmental psychology and neuroscience into a theory regarding the latent needs that both Barrie and Jung sought to satisfy. The theory, including its emphasis on the onset of self and consciousness, is then applied to an array of well-known and obscure individuals withascensionistic inclinations. Well written and accessible, but complex and scholarly, this volume will restore interest in the investigation of people's inner lives.

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Fantasies of Flight invigorates the field of personality psychology by challenging the contemporary academic view that individuals are best studied as carriers of traits. Daniel Ogilvie exchanges a heart-to-heart, case study approach to understanding human behavior for the current strategiesof categorizing and comparing individuals acc...

Daniel M. Ogilvie is Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:December 25, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019515746X

ISBN - 13:9780195157468

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PrefacePart I: Flight Preparations1. Come Fly with Me2. The Shape of a Discipline3. An American Icarus4. Henry Murray's Personology5. All the King's Horses and All the King's Men6. Freud on Da Vinci: The Rocky Road of Psychobiographic InvestigationsPart II: Lift-Off7. Poor Peter8. He Played Until His Mother Looked Happy9. Outside Opinions10. What Can I Do To Be Forever Known?11. Attachment and Separation12. Life at the Intersection13. May the Force Be With You14. Carl Jung's Search for PermanencePart III: Ground Maintenance and Theoretical Adjustments15. Attachment Revisited16. Stern's Outside-In Theory of Self-Development17. Damasio's Inside-Out Theory of Self-Development18. What's Missing From This PicturePart IV: Variations on a Theme19. Dumbo20. Larry, A Lonely Long Distance Runner21. Perry Smith22. Tonka and His Flying Backpack23. A Lawn Chair and a Phantom Flying Saucer24. Marc Chagall25. The Case for Case StudiesAppendix: Women in FlightNotesReferences

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"There is every chance that this study can become one of the first classics of twenty-first century psychology...Ogilvie's writing style is clear, readable, colloquial, and filled with humor. He draws the reader in, keeps the reader with him, and makes the reader want to keep going." --James W. Anderson, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University