Stevie August 24, 2015 Share August 24, 2015 Definition from Medical Daily: Now what happens when day dreaming goes too far? You find yourself missing days and hours of time daydreaming. This is known as maladaptive daydreaming (MD) — an extensive daydream that replaces human interaction with extensive fantasies that people envision in their own minds. Although it is not a medically recognized term, the concept was first coined by Eli Sómer, Ph.D., in 2002. Somer believed that the trigger for this excessive form of daydreaming might be from trauma or abuse. I found this while poking around online, and I figured that it was something that maybe some people here could relate to: daydreaming as escapism. Maladaptive daydreaming is marked by very complex inner worlds that the daydreamer finds themselves slipping into near-constantly. Sometimes, it's accompanied by repetitive movements (pacing, walking, throwing and catching things, etc) and can be triggered by media, conversations, or any kind of stimuli that reminds one of the daydream. Maladaptive daydreamers often report incorporating new events or knowledge into their daydreams, making them ever-growing and changing. Here's an Atlantic article with a little more information, and a first hand account by the author. Recurrent themes, according to the wiki article, are: an idealized self, violence, power and control, captivity, escape and rescue and sexual arousal. What do y'all think of this? It's not a medical disorder, do you think that by trying to make a "daydreaming addiction" into an actual disease, that people are just trying to label and pathologize things that don't need to be? Have you ever daydreamed in such a way for an extended period of time? Where do tulpas fall into this? I'm wicked interested in hearing your input. We're all gonna make it brah. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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