Many would define daydreaming as that state, level or form of consciousness between that of being awake and asleep. Thus, it is not uncommon for many to daydream just after waking up. Daydreaming, however, extends farther from that period of transitioning from the state of sleep to the state of wakefulness. In fact, daydreamers would tend to dream in just about any time and place.
Another definition of daydreaming describes it as a spontaneous human activity that involves recalling or imagining a personal or an invented experience in the past or future. It is an activity where the dreamer would indulge in thoughts and sometimes in seemingly absurd fantasies while awake.
Common Causes of Daydreaming
There are many reasons why a person would daydream. In the same manner, there are also many things or circumstances that may cause a person to enter the state of daydreaming. Among the many reasons and causes, however, are two common reasons why people would yield to daydreaming.
• A person’s inability to accept an untoward or unpleasant reality.
Daydreams are usually interpreted as an escape from the real world. It is an escape from facing real problems and stressful situations. Rather than facing them right away, daydreamers would tend to create the same situations in a different world, where his options are greater and he has better control of the whole situation.
• A person’s obsession with his own thoughts.
Beautiful thoughts are indeed better than the harsh reality. By indulging in these beautiful thoughts, a person becomes unmindful of his environment. And so he starts daydreaming.
When daydreaming, a person would normally isolate himself from others and pass up time dwelling on his fantasies. Others would take this negatively, because much time is wasted on doing nothing. Others, however, would take daydreaming positively because they believe that such activities can enhance a person’s imagination and creativity.
But how should we really picture daydreaming? Is it something positive or negative?
The Positive Side of Daydreaming
People who believe that daydreaming is a positive activity believes so because for them, daydreaming:
- Supports the process of creativity
By passively thinking about a certain problem all the time, a person may be able to formulate new solutions and invent new ways to do things. This is something very important for those whose job involves a lot of creativity.
- Supports planning for the future
Because a person has full control over the future situation he created in daydreams, he also has the ability to analyze whatever response he has in mind in facing the situation. Thus, daydreaming allows him to test every possible solution and choose the best from those solutions.
- Supports learning from success and failure
Since daydreaming may also be a form of recalling past events, one may be able to find lessons from them that were disregarded or simply overseen in the real event.
- Supports emotion regulation
By recreating a situation that may be hard to accept for the person, the daydreamer may be able to rationalize it better. Depending on the rationalization, the daydreamer may feel better or worse about the situation.
The Negative Side of Daydreaming
People who thinks of daydreaming as something negative, however, has these things in mind:
- Daydreaming may lead to accidents and may even be fatal to the daydreamer
A fine example of this is the case with people who daydreams while driving or walking. Because he is not mindful of his environment while daydreaming, he may get into a lot of accidents, some of which may even cause his death.
- Daydreaming is counter productive
Because daydreaming would mean indulging in your fantasies while you are awake, you would generally waste a lot of time that must have been used for doing something else. Prolonged and frequent daydreaming prevents a person from finishing his tasks on time.
With all these said, on will find that there are actually two sides to daydreaming: a positive side and a negative side. The key to making this activity a worthwhile one is control. If properly controlled, daydreaming can bring out the best in a person, especially in terms of creativeness and decision making. But if practiced excessively, it can lead to negative things, even up to the point of causing the person’s death.
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