Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
or When do you? Please tell me im not the only one!!!
Take me for example: i bring my characters into the real world a lot. Whenever someone (typically my dad) says something rude or makes me feel bad i have my favorite DD character james swoop in and calm me down or comfort me. Like he`ll tell me to take deep breaths and not to worry about it. I feel like a complete freak now that ive actually typed this out. Or in stressful sitautions such as yesterday when i discovered a very awful secret i wasnt suppose to find out i was really freaking out on the verge of a mental breakdown and the only thing that calmed me down was my characters. So is this just me or do you other daydreamers do it too?
and one last thing: does this mean i have imaginary friends? Cuz that sounds completely insane and weird and i dont know..
All the time! o_o Like for example, when I'm at the grocery store, I make my characters go shopping, walk around people, and talk about the same stuff I'm looking at. I take the perspective of following them from behind as they're minding their own business. I don't usually interact with them though. Maybe one day, just for laughs, I'll make them notice me and wonder if I'm a stalker. =P
My characters do comfort me, but not directly. I just imagine them dealing with the same problem or something even worse.
unfortunatley the only time i dont really do this is when im interacting with real people in the real world but anything can trigger it like music and etc. like i totally do it at work and im afraid that sometimes ill get caught or something
I will do this sometimes, but only if I'm in bed, because that's the place I make myself have 'emotional' DDs, where me or one of my DD characters is (usually) crying or upset, and by that time I've normally calmd down anyway.
Slightly off topic: Your favourite DD character is called James as well!?
Can you read my mind!? OK, you probably can't. Phew, because my DDs would be very embarrassing if anyone found out exactly what they were, even if it was another MDer.
Edited because apparently 'by that tim I've calmed down' and to fix the italics that went weird when I originally typed this.
I do this on occasion. I've noticed that whenever I go on vacation somewhere, I imagine that a couple of my characters are with me, having fun and relaxing ^_^ I've also recently been bringing Kasumi into my daily life, just to sort of "get to know her" a little better: that's been fun. Sometimes, when I've been crying or feeling upset, I imagine a character just gently putting their hand on my shoulder. I think I might start to do this a lot more now that I'm a full-time student: there's a lot of potential "plot" for college classmates and classmate adventures! :D
YESYESYES. i never ever put myself into my daydreams but when i'm sad i'll daydream about one of my daydream characters being there with me and calming me down. most of the time when this happens, it's because my parents are yelling at me because my pacing is "shaking the whole house" hahaha. except once it was when some of my friends had hurt my feelings. and then when i feel better, i'll just kinda press the reset button in my mind and it'll be like that never happened to my character. xD that's the only time that i do it, is when i'm sad and one of my characters is kind of calming me down. it happens about once a month, maybe less. i don't consider it having imaginary friends because i hardly ever do it, and when it does happen i just consider it part of my MD.