Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
What is the difference between the brain activity when I'm thinking about the great questions of life, when I'm daydreaming or when I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to make that pizza?
I don't know, but I doubt there is any. I'm daydreaming since my early childhood, and it became part of my thinking process. It's effective, when I need to imagine future situations because it allows me to find the best route of action. Scenarios, systems became easier to read. My constant story making mode inspired me to learn film theory and history, and my fantasy world creating made me curious about real world systems and that's part of my reason for studying economy, politics and international relations right now. I have a great library in my head about fantastical creatures, mythology, religions and even psychology and character types. When I think about stopping, I don't know what should I stop, or how would I be able to.
Yes, getting an update about Harry Potter and spending more than four hours on fanfiction plots I wouldn't even write down is certainly useless, but sometimes I imagine myself as a writer giving an interview- that's why I created the famous project here- and it gives me strength to work towards my goals in life namely to become a writer. I start pacing like an idiot whenever I see an interesting TV show, read a book or get a good idea, because I instantly start mixing things up in my head and daydreaming and it's inconvenient, but I don't know what should I do. Daydreaming shaped me and made me who I am today. I spent a lot of time alone in my room daydreaming but thinking too, about different worlds, and it made me free. I became a critique when it comes to rules and facts and now I argue with the textbooks and I see the cracks and I know things could be different with an open mind.
I fight with insomnia partly because I simply can't relax my brain, but when I read the article on io9 about people rather shocking themselves with electricity than sitting still and spending 15 minutes with their own thoughts I don't know who's right. I believe daydreaming is the relaxing mode of my brain, and it's not completely useless. I need to figure out how to switch between active and passive modes in work and exam time, but I don't think daydreaming is bad when I have time anyway. I think I would give up too much, and eventually I would give up myself if I tried to stop it completely.