Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
Not quite. It is a little hard to explain, though. Where fantasizing would, in fact, come under the general heading of "daydreaming," it has a very specific content and purpose. Fantasies correspond to a desire, and often see one achieving that desire (like I do about going to Hogwarts). Daydreaming, however, can be seen as more general. Neither its object nor subject is the achievement of one's desires; they, however, spawn over countless topics and half-pulled threads, and (as is so often the case with us MDDers) are often exaggerated and prolonged, perhaps an entire story playing in our minds.
I don't see why it should seize to be a daydream because the content becomes negative or unhappy. I suppose daydreams in general are happy (I mean, why else would you daydream about it) but- and especially for people who actively engage in it for prolonged periods of time- the content can go on to become negative, even evolving from something positive, but it's still a daydream
David Burkett said:
Fantasies are always pleasant. Google and wikipedia describe daydreaming also as always pleasant. Is that accurate? Let's say you daydream in science class about something bad that happened yesterday. Unpleasant feelings and emotions involved. Is that still a daydream?