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Daniel M. Ogilvie

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157468

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157468.001.0001

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An American Icarus Named Grope

An American Icarus Named Grope

(p.19) Three An American Icarus Named Grope
Fantasies of Flight

Daniel M. Ogilvie

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how flying fantasies first captured the author's interest upon reading “The American Icarus” by Henry Murray, published in 1955 as a chapter in a book that contained several case studies by various authors. Grope was the name Murray gave to the subject of his investigation. Grope was a reclusive undergraduate student at the time he was studied, a person whose presence on campus was barely noticed. There was nothing at all about his inconspicuous outward appearance to indicate that his private life was filled with spectacular imaginary shows of personal heroism. Murray described Grope as “unsurpassed” in that regard. A recurring theme in his imaginary exploits was flying. Such images were periodically accompanied by images of fire, water, and falling through space. The occasional interweaving of these images reminded Murray of the legend of Icarus.

Keywords:   flying dreams, flying fantasies, flight, personality psychology, Icarus, Henry Murray

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