Hope as fantasy: an existential phenomenology of hoping in light of parental illness

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The theme of this chapter is hope as a reaction to parental somatic illness. In my analysis of teenagers, who are possibly or likely to lose a parent, their imagining often finds its form in hoping: Hoping for the doctors to be wrong, for the next treatment to be successful, hoping for a cure, for a miracle to occur, for more time, or in some cases hoping for death to come sooner than later. I recognize hope as a form of imaginative activity and practice, because hope is formed in light of an uncertain future, and rests upon imagined scenarios of what could be. Hope, like imagination, remembering and many other central psychological phenomena, typically is theorized as a mental and private matter of the mind; however, aligned with a shared ambition among cultural psychologists, I aim to take hope out “of the head” and analyze it as a constructive process of situated and meaningful practice, motivated by a particular personal lifeworld
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe psychology of imagination : history, theory and new research horizons
EditorsBrady Wagoner, Sarah H Awad, Ignacio Bresco de Luna
Number of pages22
Place of publicationNorth Carolina
PublisherInformation Age Publishing
Publication year30 Mar 2017
ISBN (print)978-1-68123-710-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-68123-711-4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2017
SeriesNiels Bohr professorship lectures in cultural psychology

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