I have a question that I'm posing to the psychiatric nurses in particular because I figure that this is their area of expertise.
Michael Shurtleff, in tutoring actors, teaches that we can only truly understand the psychology and behavior of a person by understanding their own fantasy world.
"We don't live for realities but for fantasies, the dreams of what might be. If we lived for realities, we'd be dead, every last one of us. Only dreams keep us going."
"We have our own truths to face all the time, unattractive and unappealing, so that it takes every once of imagination to create some sort of dream to hold on to, however foolish, however unlikely, however hidden. People live for dreams, not the oppressiveness of truths."
This is of interest to me because it implies that mentally healthy human beings live in fantasy. That is, in order to survive and to function effeciently in every day life, the human psyche must implement a fantasy world for itself to soften realities. Sort of like, we must have rose-colored glasses in order to survive.
Thus, while mentally unhealthy people use more disruptive, extreme fanatsy coping mechanisms(delusions, personality disorders, ect) to deal with harsh truths, mentally healthy persons use a less extreme fanatsy coping mechanism; that is, they make their everyday life fantastic by fantasizing about self-worth, self-importance they are or how great their future plans are, ect.
Do you think this is true? Is a necessary compenent of being mentally healthy and stable being able to make real life in to your own fantasy?
If so, this means it is necessary to confirm and suppport peoples' fantasies about themselves in order for them to live a healthy life. It also means that fantasizing reality is a necessary part of survival.
This question means a lot to me so I really would appreciate people's input here and would be really greatful for whatever you can tell me about what your experience has been of human fantasy and mental health