Friday, February 17, 2012

Do You Ever Daydream?

 Do you daydream — anymore? Since childhood?  Do you remember other times when life was gentler, simpler and you had time for drifting off? Are you a person who thinks daydreaming is a waste of time or a lazy, distraction from important thinking? Or do you find it valuable and productive — or at least relaxing?

Here's Wickipedia's basic definition. A daydream is a visionary fantasy especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake. There are many types of daydreams, and there is no consistent definition amongst psychologists.

 I also found use of the word daymare,  attributed to Dickens, meaning a nightmare during a waking period of time instead of during sleep. In my thinking, a burst of negative self-talk could be classified as a daymare.

It seems like life has become so crazy busy that there's no time for spacing out. I'm all for it and believe the PT blogger, Josie Glausiuszwho wrote :   "Daydreams are an inner world where we can rehearse the future and imagine new adventures without risk. Allowing the mind to roam freely can aid creativity—but only if we pay attention to the content of our daydreams."

From what we know about intuitive problem-solving, daydreaming will be helpful. I'm not sure I can still do it, but I'm going to try. Maybe it's also a form of psychological distancing. 

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