Using inner experience: Fantasy and daydreams in career counseling

James I. Morgan, Thomas M Skovholt

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Suggests that private experience, fantasy and daydreams, may be a rich source for career counseling intervention. Recent personality research suggests that fantasy and daydreams are positive and life enhancing. Although fantasy and daydreams have been used productively in psychotherapy and personal counseling, there has been a minimal use of private experience in career counseling. Research supporting the usefulness of fantasy and daydreaming in career planning and career counseling is cited. Suggestions are made regarding the use of both spontaneous and guided fantasy and daydreams in career counseling. Relaxation training is discussed, a script for a guided fantasy is provided, and methods of processing the fantasy experience are addressed. Benefits and difficulties in using fantasy and daydreams are discussed. (35 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-397
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1977
Externally publishedYes


  • fantasy & daydreams, career counseling intervention


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