Maldaptive Daydreaming

 James (@arsenal) 7 years, 9 months ago

Hi, I don’t know when exactly my MD started but it kinda has been eluding me. I have found that whenever I am overwhelmed, anxious or alone , my mind drifts in to a different fantasy world where I visualize myself being a different man most notably a celebrity. I keep changing the plot of my dreaming or fantasy. Sometimes a footballer, a cricketer, actor and many others. But the main problem is I become depressed after realizing that it can never occur in my real life and it is all just in my mind. I rarely go out and have very few friends in my circle. I can’t even concentrate on my real life because almost every time I am lost in my head. Can anybody relate to this??

January 8, 2014 at 9:25 pm
Anonymous (107) (@) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I had never heard of this term before reading this post so I read about it a bit and am questioning whether I am also debilitated by excessive fantasy…. although visualization is a valuable function of the mind it can’t become a form of escapism from reality. Use it to create reality. I don’t think I love the day-dreaming part more than the living part but I have been spending an awful lot of time conceptualizing how I want to live. I think it’s necessary to have an authentic sense of self. The wiki page brought me to “fantasy-prone personality” where it talked about people with excessive imagination were likely to have had parents that made their inanimate objects seem real which I can definitely relate to. My brother attributed emotional characteristics to his blankie until he was like 12 and has a well above average level of creativity and socialization. I would try to think about the main feeling you have when you daydream and try to create that feeling in real life. I doubt you need world-famous accomplishments to fulfill yourself. @arsenal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasy_prone_personality

Imagination is a talent and a tool.

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James (2) (@arsenal) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Thnx for replying and I get your point. But for me it has kinda been a form of escapism cause I am always looking for more than I actually have or achieve. So I am never satisfied with anything. And I don’t think I will be anything short of extraordinary or a miracle.

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Anonymous (107) (@) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I try to accept the momentum that desire brings and settle into the discomfort of challenge. Nothing can change without a vision, and you have that.

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James (2) (@arsenal) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Yeah I guess, haha :D. Anyway Thank You!

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