Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
I'm so glad to have found this community. I hadn't heard about MD until recently when I looked up how to stop talking aloud when daydreaming. I've been a daydreamer since as long as I could remember and things like swinging, music, rocking, would trigger my daydreams. It was never bothersome and never interfered with anything I needed to get done but, occasionally, I do speak out loud, move my mouth, or gesture and, more often than not, I have no idea that I'm doing it. I was recently embarrassed at work (I work in a classroom with middle schoolers) and I went deep in thought and "came to" when I saw some kids looking at me wide-eyed and laughing. It made me realize that I either spoke out loud or did something out of the ordinary and I need to figure out how to recognize and control this.
The speaking out loud has happened sporadically in my life. The first time it came to my attention was when I was 12 or 13 and I was in a bathroom while my cousin waited outside for me. Next thing I know she's saying outside the door "stop talking to yourself!" I really had no clue I was doing it. There have also been times someone would ask me "what did you say?" and I would reply "nothing" but I must have been "daydream speaking" and didn't know it. . .
This past incident in front of the kids was so embarrassing to me that I wanted to reach out and see if anyone else experiences this and what are some techniques that help you not do this in public. I love daydreaming but I'd like to know I can do it without embarrassing myself. :)
Hi everyone. I'm new. First post and all that. This was one of the signs I had that maybe my daydreaming was odd. I used to think everyone had daydreams like this...but then I *never* catch anyone else talking or gesturing or acting out their DD like I do. I do a good job of hiding it because I also have a habit of talking to myself / inanimate objects and can frequently use that as a cover. But this element is one of the scariest for me. I often wonder how many times I've been seen/heard and the person hasn't said anything, they just think....what would they think? I can't imagine.
Aranza. . .that's what I worry about, too!! I wonder if I've done this in front of people who chose not to say anything and what they might be thinking. . .
And, like I've said before, the scariest part for me is that, when I do it, I have *no idea* that I'm doing it. I wish I could figure out how to control it. . .it's the only negative aspect of my DD. :/
The reason I joined this forum is because I probably have the single worst case of Daydreaming outburts. Ever! I'm glad I found this so I can find advice to control it :)