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Do you daydream?

Frequently through the day, I find myself daydreaming about a vast range of ideas, fantasies, and conversations.

It happens mostly when I'm doing some sort of manual labor, where it doesn't matter if my mind is wandering. In this way it is very useful in breaking up the tedium of whatever I'm doing, but I have experienced some drawbacks with my overactive imagination. When I was first learning to drive, I'd occasionally lose track of the road or my speed because I was dreaming of getting into an accident later down the road. Although, that problem has disappeared now that I've gotten over the stress of driving.

During Junior year of High School I was depressed, something I didn't like to admit because I dreaded being seen as an attention-seeker. I feel that my daydreaming exasperated the problem, as my fear and self-hatred could manifest in a waking nightmare. On the flip side, many of my daydreams would consist of conversations with myself, where I was able to partially work through my problems. I've avoided ever seeing a psychiatrist, again to avoid bringing validity or attention to my problems, but I'd often daydream of having a one-sided conversation with a psychiatrist anyway.

Has anyone else here had a similar or interesting experience with daydreams?

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Grade school teachers hate daydreamers, which as far as I'k concerned, makes it a good thing. smile001.gif

Daydreaming is where I get my ideas for stories and so on. It's your mind being creative.

Don\t worry about something you don't need to worry about. Daydreaming is a good thing.

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I am constantly daydreaming. All my life I've done it the second I start to get bored. I day dreamed all through school, and now quite often at work. I have a very active imagination and get easily distracted by my own thoughts. It can be problematic, but people who know me know that it's not on purpose. I just sort of...drift away for a moment and come right back.

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I'm always daydreaming

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Constantly. I think it serves as a form of meditation for me. Especially if I'm stressed out.

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A Dream Within a Dream

BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Beatnik Level 7 Mar 26, 2018

I <3 Poe

@WickedNicki me too.

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I daydream constantly. I know reality but deep inside I am a real Walter Mitty.

DenoPenno Level 8 Mar 26, 2018
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Isn't it amazing that all of us have that second or other voice we talk to. We even debate it and challege it. Who is it if not me, But here I am talking with it and seeing other points of view. All these voices come from the same organ,

EMC2 Level 8 Mar 26, 2018
2

I overthink too much to daydream. I suppose it similar to some of the things you mentioned. Sometimes my mind is so far ahead of what I'm saying that I have to backtrack. Like Willy Wonka, "So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you."

I had to learn to quiet my mind. Lol.

Stacey48 Level 8 Mar 26, 2018

Ain't it the truth.

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I have read, or seen something saying day dreaming was a possitive thing. I'm always doing it. Reality sucks. Haha. At least mine does. A creative mind can't be tamed.

Beatnik Level 7 Mar 26, 2018
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Not daydreaming but actual dreaming is what I look forward to.

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I love daydreaming. You just have to get ahold of the mind so you're more in charge of the dreams. You can start by meditating. Counseling is not just some big admission that something is inherently wrong with you. It can also be viewed as a way to work on self improvement

Rudy1962 Level 9 Mar 26, 2018
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I'm a big daydreamer too. I hardly ever get bored because of this. A lot of people I know dread long waiting periods (at the doctor's, DMV, etc.) but I don't mind them because it means I get to daydream uninterrupted for a while. I like to write, so a lot of my ideas come to me during those longer sessions. It does make it hard to sleep, though. It's like trying to turn off your tv when the show or movie is too interesting.

I also have those one-sided conversations to work through my problems. Sometimes I imagine a psychiatrist, but I mostly imagine speaking to my friends. I don't speak to my all of my friends in the same way, so I have to reframe a "conversation" based on how I would speak to each of them in real life. This helps me see my problems from slightly different perspectives. But it doesn't replace real communication, because staying inside your own head for too long doesn't seem healthy, lol.

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I daydream when I'm driving, or sometimes I'll replay a situation in my head and think about what I should have said or done.

resserts Level 8 Mar 26, 2018
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I've been daydreaming my entire life. I think it's a side effect of my ADD. The only time I remember not daydreaming in school was on Thursday, November 22, 1963 at about 2:20 PM. That's when we found out that John F Kennedy was assassinated. Up until that time, I was looking out the window and saw the sugar maples across the street with their bright golden leaves and seeing the contrast with the deep blue of the sky. I couldn't think at all when we heard the news. Everything was a blackness that surrounded me, like I was swallowed up by the floor. The next thing I remembered, the loudspeaker crackled to life 15 minutes later and the principle told us more details and that school would be closed until after the funeral.

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I can't stop from doing it. Ongoing dialog. Non-stop.

MikaB Level 5 Apr 3, 2018
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The best therapy I've ever had (not that I've had a lot) is daydreaming and self-conversations. I think I'm fairly well self-actualised, and I often surprise myself with insights just by talking to myself while I drive.

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I daydream a lot, as well as replay situations over and over ad nauseum. Social anxiety and the inability to relax... a lovely combination.

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How do you know you aren't sleeping right now?

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My ADD controls me with day dreaming.

jlynn37 Level 8 Mar 26, 2018
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All the time. I have rewind my shows often.

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Mom used to say I was a daydreamer. It seemed a bit derogatory, but we didn't discuss it; maybe it was not. As I sit replying to this message, I ask, "Is the sentence in italics and the ones following it daydreaming?" I think it is analyzing a train of thought, and it is remarkably like what I did for 30+ years as a programmer. I'd write a line of code and analyze it to try to discover flaws. Was that daydreaming? According to the dictionary, "a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing." Oh, "dreamy meditation," does that include mindfulness meditation, or "fanciful musing," that sounds like rediculous thoughts. I had many rediculous thoughts while programming, but I called them bugs. As a child, I thought like a child; in other words, I was a daydreamer. But, one builds thinking skills while thinking childish thoughts. It wasn't a waste of time. Do I daydream now, yes, but a weather forecast is often a fanciful dream. I think I've confused everyone enough.

EdEarl Level 8 Mar 26, 2018
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When I was younger I used to daydream.

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I have anxiety, as such, I like to get outside of my brain. Daydreaming is almost an extension of that...how conversations night go, how an experience might play out...

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I feel sad to admit it, but I do not daydream.
It seems like a charming thing to do.

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Of course

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