Re: Double Life
It might be Fantasy Prone Personality or "Walter Mitty Syndrome".
Highly creative individuals can get "addicted" to their fantasy life. Behavioral therapy can help with fantasy dependence.
Fantasy is one of several basic coping mechanisms; projection, splitting, acting out, turning aggression inward, hypochondriasis and fantasy. We all use these coping mechanisms from time to time. In personality disorder, these behaviors become fixed, rigid and maladaptive - they just don't work anymore.
PS: fantasy proneness is sometimes associated with dissociative symptoms like depersonalization and/or derealization. Also migraine and temporal lobe epilepsy.
Last edited by AuntieLeela; 05-30-2009 at 12:37 AM.
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