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Empowered Daydreamer

For immersive and maladaptive daydreamers who want to reach their full potential.

We may not be responsible for the world that created our minds, but we can take responsibility for the mind with which we create our world.

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Welcome daydreamer!

You are not alone. Too many of us go through our lives believing that our style of daydreaming is unique, that no-one else makes up imaginary friends, fantastical plots and magical other worlds in their heads on a daily basis. Finding out that other people do this too can be liberating, but it’s just the start of the journey. If you are new to this, I suggest you start by reading my post “What are immersive daydreaming and maladaptive daydreaming?” If you are struggling with the addictive nature of maladaptive daydreaming, recognising that this condition has a name is the first step in overcoming it. If you are an immersive daydreamer ready to embrace the potential in your special way of thinking, congratulations! Our daydreams can be our biggest distraction, but I also believe they can be our biggest resource.

On this website, you’ll find my reflections on what it means to be an immersive daydreamer, how to manage or overcome maladaptive daydreaming and how to use your daydreaming to thrive in the real world. I am also building up an index of resources of interest to immersive and maladaptive daydreamers, so please check back frequently to see what’s new.

Recent articles

Are you hiding yourself in your daydreams?

I’ve written before about how a conflict between the basic human needs for attachment and authenticity in our early childhood can potentially set the stage for the development of maladaptive daydreaming disorder. Throughout our lives, we need to feel attached to the people we care about; we need to feel we belong somewhere; we need…

The first scientifically validated treatment programme for maladaptive daydreaming disorder

On 13 January 2023, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology published an article by Oren Herscu, Eli Somer, Asaf Federman and Nirit Soffer-Dudek entitled “Mindfulness meditation and self-monitoring reduced maladaptive daydreaming symptoms: a randomized controlled trial of a brief self-guided web-based program”. This is significant for maladaptive daydreamers because it’s the first randomised controlled…

Can you drive safely if you have maladaptive daydreaming disorder?

If you’re a daydreamer, you’ll know just how absorbed you can get in your daydreams. When you’re daydreaming, it’s as if time stands still and, for a while, the outside world doesn’t exist. If you have maladaptive daydreaming disorder, you might be wondering whether it’s safe for you to drive. Is there a risk you…

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