Daniel M. Ogilvie

Fantasies of Flight

The dust cover of the book is a replication of a Chagall lithograph titled Hagar in the Desert

Fantasies of Flight was published by Oxford University Press in December, 2003. The primary purpose for writing the book was to create something for students interested in personality psychology course to read that represents an alternative or supplement to trait psychology, a tradition that has dominated the field of personality psychology for the past 20 or so years. It is an endeavor to revitalize interest in the art of conducting in depth case studies. To that end, the book includes several studies of individuals for whom imaginary flight held a special meaning in their lives.

A centerpiece of the book is a psychobiography of J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan. Click here if you are interested in skimming an essay that summarizes some of what is written in the book about James Barrie and his relationship with his mother, Margaret Ogilvy. Two other chapters contain a partial psychobiography of Carl Jung and demonstrate how themes of levitation are relevant to understanding his lifelong search to connect with the "collective unconscious".

The most satisfying chapters for me are contained in Part III of the book where I deal with the development of "senses" of self in childhood and beyond. These ideas are being further developed in my work on The God Problem (see section in research interests). A chapter outline of the book appears below

Chapter Outline

Part I Preparations for Lift-off
Chapter One: Come Fly with Me
Chapter Two: The Shape of a Discipline
Chapter Three: An American Icarus Named Grope
Chapter Four: Henry Murray's Personology
Chapter Five:  All the King's Horses
Chapter Six:  Freud on Da Vinci
Part II Lift-Off
Chapter Seven:  Poor Peter
Chapter Eight: He Played Until His Mother Looked Happy
Chapter Nine:  Outside Opinions
Chapter Ten:  To Be Forever Known
Chapter Eleven:  Attachment and Separation
Chapter Twelve:  Life at the Intersection
Chapter Thirteen:  Let the Force Be With You
Chapter Fourteen:  Carl Jung's Search for Permanence
Part III Ground Maintenance 
and Theoretical Adjustments
Chapter Fifteen: Attachment Revisited
Chapter Sixteen:  Stern's Outside-In Stern's Outside-In Theory of Self-Development
Chapter Seventeen: Damasio's Inside-Out Theory of Self-Development
Chapter Eighteen:  What's Missing from this Picture?
Part IV Variations on a Theme
Chapter Nineteen: Dumbo
Chapter Twenty:  Larry, A Lonely Long Distance Runner
Chapter Twenty-One:  Perry Smith
Chapter Twenty-Two: Tonka and His Flying Backpack
Chapter Twenty-Three: A Lawn Chair and a Phantom Flying Saucer
Chapter Twenty-Four: Marc Chagall Marc Chagall
Chapter Twenty-Five: The Case for Case Studies

Women in Flight