Daydreaming isn’t manifesting, but daydreamers can learn to manifest

Manifesting is intentionally training your brain and your nervous system to believe in something that hasn’t happened yet. Mel Robbins I absolutely love the Mel Robbins podcast. Listening to Mel is just like having a best friend in the room with you; it feels like a genuine, deep, compassionate conversation, and we could all doContinue reading “Daydreaming isn’t manifesting, but daydreamers can learn to manifest”

Your maladaptive daydreaming is not your fault

Maladaptive daydreamers tend to blame their daydreaming for a lot of things. We tell ourselves we can’t achieve our career goals because we’ve wasted so much time daydreaming. We tell ourselves we can’t have a fulfilling romantic relationship because our daydreaming has left us with unrealistic expectations. We tell ourselves that we’re bad or weirdContinue reading “Your maladaptive daydreaming is not your fault”

Different styles of daydreaming – it’s not all about the paracosm

Immersive daydreaming is often described as vivid fantastical daydreaming that involves a detailed imaginary world, a complex plot and a cast of lifelike characters. Even if your daydreams are fairly realistic, involving people you actually know, all of those elements are probably there; you’re just drawing heavily on your real life for inspiration. Immersive daydreamingContinue reading “Different styles of daydreaming – it’s not all about the paracosm”

Are there any medications that help with maladaptive daydreaming?

It’s a tempting thought isn’t it? If you’re suffering from maladaptive daydreaming disorder, you probably have days when you wish you could just take a pill and make it all go away. After all, there are pills for other mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, so why not maladaptive daydreaming? Unfortunately, there’s veryContinue reading “Are there any medications that help with maladaptive daydreaming?”

Is morning daydreaming screwing up your day?

Do you have an urge to daydream the minute you wake up in the morning? I do. For years, the snooze button worked overtime. I had to have a (not-so) quick check-in with my paras before I could get out of bed. Research suggests I’m not alone. The MDS-16, the screening questionnaire used to assessContinue reading “Is morning daydreaming screwing up your day?”

Ending a daydream relationship

It’s common to daydream about romantic relationships. And it’s possible to fall deeply in love with someone you’re only dating in your imagination. In fact, it’s possible to fall in love with someone who doesn’t even exist. Sometimes daydream relationships can endure for years and be a source of comfort and inspiration. But sometimes youContinue reading “Ending a daydream relationship”

Do you ever grow out of maladaptive daydreaming?

If you’ve been struggling with maladaptive daydreaming disorder for a number of years, especially if those struggles have impacted your education, career and relationships, you’re probably wondering whether maladaptive daydreaming ever goes away. Is healing possible? Can you just grow out of maladaptive daydreaming disorder? It’s a complicated question. First of all, we need toContinue reading “Do you ever grow out of maladaptive daydreaming?”

Maladaptive daydreaming: an addiction or an unhealthy coping mechanism?

Maladaptive daydreaming disorder has been described variously as a behavioural addiction, an unhealthy coping mechanism or a symptom of an underlying disorder. For your daydreaming to be considered maladaptive it must either cause significant distress or impair social, academic, occupational or other important areas of functioning. So, maladaptive daydreaming is harmful by definition (if yourContinue reading “Maladaptive daydreaming: an addiction or an unhealthy coping mechanism?”

Are many novelists immersive daydreamers?

When I was a teenager, I assumed that one day I would be a famous novelist. It seemed obvious to me that since I spent so much of my time crafting these detailed stories in my head, I would eventually build my career around it. Many daydreamers feel the same way. As our plots becomeContinue reading “Are many novelists immersive daydreamers?”

Is immersive daydreaming a form of play, and why does that matter?

When we have insufficient play in our life as adults, we suffer tremendously. We get emotionally exhausted. Gordon Neufeld This post was inspired by an episode of the Family 360 podcast with Dr Gordon Neufeld. Dr Neufeld is a clinical psychologist specialising in child development, and he’s studied the importance of play in emotional developmentContinue reading “Is immersive daydreaming a form of play, and why does that matter?”