Wednesday, June 19

Psychology Today Published Article on MD

The new study on MD and personality traits has piqued the media’s attention.

Psychology Today picked up Mark Travers’ article overviewing a recent study that was published in the journal Personalities and Individual Differences. Below is an excerpt from the piece:

According to previous studies, approximately 4 to 6 percent of people spend large chunks of their waking time in fantasy. These fantasies become maladaptive when they produce shameloneliness, emotional pain, and interfere with one’s ability to engage in normal life activities. Studies suggest that maladaptive daydreaming first appears in youth and is more likely to affect individuals exposed to childhood trauma.

In this study, the researchers were interested in identifying the common themes that appeared in the fantasies of people with maladaptive daydreaming. To answer this question, they invited 539 individuals with symptoms of maladaptive daydreaming to report the contents of their daydreams. They found the themes of “distraction from an unpleasant reality,” “wish fulfillment,” and “fighting boredom” to be the most commonly cited daydreaming themes. Other common themes were: “finding love,” “a rewarding pastime,” “being powerful, dominant,” “receiving extra attention,” “escape,” “being a rescuer,” and “experiencing physical violence as a victim.”

To view the full article click HERE.

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