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In Brief Inner World 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. When daydreaming turns addictive and compulsive, it can overwhelm normal functioning, impeding relationships and work.
When Rachel Stein not her real name was a small child, she would pace around in a circle shaking a string for hours at a time, mentally spinning intricate alternative plots for her favorite television shows. Usually she was the star—the imaginary seventh child in The Brady Bunch, for example.
So she retreated to her bedroom, reveling in her elaborate reveries alone. As she grew older, the television shows changed—first General Hospital, then The West Wing—but her intense need to immerse herself in her imaginary world did not.
It was the first thing I wanted to do when I woke up in the morning. There was nothing else that I wanted to do as much as daydreaming. Convinced that she was crazy, she consulted six different therapists, none of whom could find anything wrong with her.
The seventh prescribed Prozac, which had no effect. Eventually Stein began taking another antidepressant, Luvox, which, like Prozac, is also a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor but is usually prescribed for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Gradually she brought her daydreaming under control. Now age 39, she is a successful lawyer, still nervously guarding her secret world. The scientific study of people such as Stein is helping researchers better understand the role of daydreaming in normal consciousness—and what can happen when this process becomes unhealthy.
For most of us, daydreaming is a virtual world where we can rehearse the future, explore fearful scenarios or imagine new adventures without risk.
It can help us devise creative solutions to problems or prompt us, while immersed in one task, with reminders of other important goals.
For others, however, the draw of an alternative reality borders on addiction, choking off other aspects of everyday life, including relationships and work. Starring as idealized versions of themselves—as royalty, raconteurs and saviors in a complex, ever changing cast of characters—addictive daydreamers may feel enhanced confidence and validation.
Their fantasies may be followed by feelings of dread and shame, and they may compare the habit to a drug or describe an experience akin to drowning in honey. The recent discovery of a network in the brain dedicated to autobiographical mental imagery is helping researchers understand the multiple purposes that daydreaming serves in our lives.
The default network appears to be essential to generating our sense of self, suggesting that daydreaming plays a crucial role in who we are and how we integrate the outside world into our inner lives. Cognitive psychologists are now also examining how brain disease may impair our ability to meander mentally and what the consequences are when we just spend too much time, well, out to lunch.
Yale University emeritus psychology professor Jerome L. Most people experience both kinds to some degree. Other scientists distinguish between mundane musings and extravagant fantasies. Most of the time when people fall into mind wandering, they are thinking about everyday concerns, such as recent encounters and items on their to-do list.
Humdrum concerns figured prominently in one study that rigorously measured how much time we spend mind wandering in daily life. The subjects then recorded their thoughts at that moment on a questionnaire.
About 30 percent of the beeps coincided with thoughts unrelated to the task at hand. Mind wandering increased with stress, boredom or sleepiness or in chaotic environments and decreased with enjoyable tasks. That may be because enjoyable activities tend to grab our attention.
Intense focus on our problems may not always lead to immediate solutions. Instead allowing the mind to float freely can enable us to access unconscious ideas hovering underneath the surface—a process that can lead to creative insight, according to psychologist Jonathan W.
Schooler of the University of California, Santa Barbara. We may not even be aware that we are daydreaming. Aimless rambling across the moors of our imaginings may allow us to stumble on ideas and associations that we may never find if we strive to seek them.
A Key to Creativity Artists and scientists are well acquainted with such playful fantasizing. Filmmaker Tim Burton daydreamed his way to Hollywood success, spending his childhood holed up in his bedroom, creating posters for an imaginary horror film series.
Why should daydreaming aid creativity? It may be in part because the waking brain is never really at rest. As psychologist Eric Klinger of the University of Minnesota explains, floating in unfocused mental space serves an evolutionary purpose: Some researchers believe that increasing the amount of imaginative daydreaming we do or replaying variants of the millions of events we store in our brain can be beneficial.
Yet to enhance creativity, it is important to pay attention to daydreams.the imaginary world of Download the imaginary world of or read online books in PDF, EPUB, Tuebl, and Mobi Format. Click Download or Read Online button to get the imaginary world of book now.
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