Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
Yeah, I do this too!
I daydream a little about imaginary scenarios, but I daydream a lot about just random crap. I will look at a CD and think "who invented the CD, It was Phillips, or was it Sony. Sony makes a lot of products that can only be used with other sony accessories. Will universal compatibility be the way of the future? In terms of the future, is time travel really possible? If it was, people from the future would have already visited us in the present, so probably not. That new movie Hot tub time machine didn't get a few logical facts right. But skiing in the 80's would have been fun...." Then 10 minutes have passed and everyone else has moved on.
this is EXACTLY what i do. I'll play a videogame or something and kind of talk to myself as i play it in my head as if i'm showing it to a friend. i don't know why i do it...its the main type of daydream i have really. usually just think about explaining something i am interested in to someone else
Hi, I've only recently found this site and that what I thought was my odd behaviour is not unique to me and has a name. My MD doesn't involve superheros or imaginary lands but more as described on this thread. Like Ana Suau I do the outwardly verbalising to myself to people who aren't there my views on subjects that can go on a loop. I also go over and over conversations that I have had and correctly or clarifying what I had said or wanted to say by creating situations where this could happen. I also create an alternate life which is very simular to my own but with the addition of people, jobs and activities that are missing in my ordinary life. I just off on a tangent on any little comment I hear on the radio or telly and before I know it time has just slipped away.
I've caught myself moving my mouth in tandem with a conversation I'm having in a daydream, but not vocalizing. To the unaware observer, I'm sure I look as though I'm having a conversation in every respect, but clearly I'm not interacting with anyone. For this reason, I am only able to really let go and be comfortable enough to fully engage in a daydream when I'm home alone. Don't get me wrong, I daydream in other places, I'm just super nervous that people will notice my facial expressions or mouth moving. I can be a bit socially awkward at times, so I like having my conversations "scripted". In my daydreams, I'm so much more confident and at ease while talking to people. It's nice to not be hyper-aware of every little thing I say and how it affects people for a little while.
Hi Magenta, I can totally identify with what you are talking about. This is one things I love about this forum; it's so comforting to know that I'm not the only one, when I read something that someone else wrote that could have been written word-for-word about myself.
I have pretend conversations all the time when I am walking between classes and my mind is not engaged by anything in particular. Over the years I think I have trained my face to stay still more or less when I am in public, but I think I still slip up sometimes. I try not to let it bother me too much; most of the people I pass on the sidewalk are strangers anyway, so who cares what they think? If someone I know catches me doing it, I try to shrug it off like its not a big deal. I mean, talking to yourself can be a sign of genius, right? lol
Interesting story: I was eating lunch with a group of people today, and one of the guys said to one of the other guys, "Hey, you know that really quiet girl we met the other day? I saw her yesterday, and she was smiling and appeared to be talking to herself." I don't know who they were talking about, but it sounds like there might be another daydreamer running around campus. I wonder how common this is... Probably more common than one would guess, since it seems like the majority of us are trying to keep it hidden.