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Have we now made it "bad", to daydream?

Is it really so negative to day dream excessively?  Don't get me wrong.  I know that society has termed it to be a very negative state of being.  A state of being where you day dream all the time....  What?  Hey son, get your head out of the clouds!  *As my Grand Father use to say, especially when he had a chore for me to do.* You can't retrieve the shopping carts at the Wal-Mart very effectively if your head is in the clouds. Nor can you do any of the following very successfully while your head is 'in the clouds'....  Flip a hamburger patty,  Groom a dog,  Perform an inventory, Fly a plane,  Or be a 'successful' academic student.


With all the things that we really can't do very productively, while day dreaming.  It is almost no wonder that such a negative stereotype would be placed on people like us.  By us, I mean those of us whom are too seemingly poor, to stay home all day and just day dream.  After all, if it weren't for having to pay the bills, I would day dream considerably more.  I can only venture to speculate. If I were to be, ' independently wealthy'  I don't think I would view my day dreaming as a condition.  I think, I would be more likely to label it, a blessing! 


Very wealthy individuals, tend to foresake their day dreams, and thus, don't take them as seriously.  However, if the super wealthy, had our mundane occupations, they might, just might, realize just what a preciouse gift, day dreaming can be.  Stay Righteous all!  Love and Blessings!!

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Comment by Laura Gardiner on December 1, 2012 at 12:00am
Any addiction is unhealthy. It doesn't necessarily mean that whatever you're addicted to is bad. I compare our daydreaming addiction to something like a food addiction. Food is good and necessary for health and survival, but when you have an unbalanced relationship with food, it becomes harmful. You can't stop eating altogether, but you can find the causes of your addiction and obtain a healthier relationship with the addictive substance.
Comment by greyartist on November 30, 2012 at 3:50pm

Normal daydreaming is healthy and promotes creativity and problem solving. But not all DDing is "normal". If you can't control it, if it is compulsive to the point of disrupting your work, relationships, activities, etc. Then it is no longer a blessing. If it is not negatively affecting your life then it is not maladaptive by definition. But if it is, then you want help to be able to switch from the "default" network and back to the real world. 

Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on November 30, 2012 at 12:37pm

We haven't made it bad to daydream.  On the site, we address the positives along with the negatives.  Our goal is not to make it seem bad to daydream.  Sometimes, when people daydream excessively, there can be horribly negative consequences.  Many people, like me, have experienced them.  The goal is to be able to get help for people like me when we need it and before it takes over our lives.  That's not the same thing as making daydreaming bad.  

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