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New psychology study sheds light on music’s role in maladaptive daydreaming
Informative

New psychology study sheds light on music’s role in maladaptive daydreaming

New article by PsyPost Music served not only as a background to these daydreams but also as a trigger that could spontaneously initiate the daydreaming process. This finding is particularly noteworthy, as it highlights the automatic and sometimes uncontrollable nature of maladaptive daydreaming in response to musical stimuli. “For some with maladaptive daydreaming, music is an unavoidable trigger that compromises their sense of control or agency over when they slide into excessive, interfering daydreaming,” Somer explained. “This suggests a concerning addictive or dependent relationship.” New psychology study sheds light on music's role in maladaptive daydreaming (psypost.org) To read the full article click HERE
Introducing The International Society for Maladaptive Daydreaming (ISMD)
Announcement, Community, Resource

Introducing The International Society for Maladaptive Daydreaming (ISMD)

A Daydream Come True We are thrilled to announce that today we have formally established The International Society for Maladaptive Daydreaming (ISMD): a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with Maladaptive Daydreaming. ִThis is a great achievement for the maladaptive daydreaming community.  Find out how to become a part of our organization, or simply visit our newly launched website.
Calling the tune in maladaptive daydreaming
Informative, Research

Calling the tune in maladaptive daydreaming

New study published From the abstract: This study aimed to shed light on the role of music in maladaptive daydreaming (MD), a psychological condition characterized by excessive, immersive daydreaming that interferes with well-being and functioning. Forty-one individuals with probable MD participated in asynchronous in-depth email interviews. A thematic analysis yielded three themes describing the role of music in MD. Two homogeneous themes pertained to outlier experiences: Music necessary and Music not desired. The third theme, Music enhances the MD experience, encompassed most of the data retrieved in this study and was further divided into five subthemes: Music avoided in “low energy” daydreaming scenes, Music as white noise, Music enhances MD creativity, Music as an MD trigger c...
New psychology study suggests shame plays key role in link between narcissism and maladaptive daydreaming
Informative, Media

New psychology study suggests shame plays key role in link between narcissism and maladaptive daydreaming

PsyPost Talks About MD Research Findings “The present study highlights a stronger link between vulnerable narcissism and maladaptive daydreaming, and also shows that it is mediated by shame experiences, in line with both studies showing the centrality of feelings of shame in this form of narcissism and evidence of different ways used by narcissists to protect themselves from fully experiencing a deeply embedded sense of shame and inadequacy.”The study sheds light on an important aspect of the personality trait of narcissism. However, it also has limitations that need to be taken into account. Notably, although the statistical model used seems to propose cause-and effect relationships, the design of this study does not allow any conclusions of that type to be made. Additionally, the sa...
Dreaming the Day Away
Media, Uncategorized

Dreaming the Day Away

Epigram Student Newspaper published piece on MD Last month Daisy Wigg, contributor for the University of Bristol's independent student paper, Epigram, published a rundown of Maladaptive Daydreaming. In a case study conducted by the Research Centre for Trauma and Dissociation, one sufferer of MD, Peter, describes using it as a distraction from his isolated reality, triggered by childhood bullying and pictures on the internet. Whilst his creation of alternate realities gave temporary respite, he also notes the regret of missed intimacies and describes himself as lacking a sense of maturity. The centre’s work with Peter did not seek to completely remove the use of daydreaming but looked to adapt it into an effective coping mechanism rather than a compulsion. Dreaming The Day Away (ep...
Maladaptive Daydreaming; What it is, Symptoms & Treatment
Media

Maladaptive Daydreaming; What it is, Symptoms & Treatment

Sportskeeda Dives into MD Contributor, Janvi Kapur, a counselor with a specialization in clinical psychology covered the topic of Maladaptive Daydreaming for Sportskeeda., an Indian sports and esports news website, under their health and wellness section. The following is a list of methods that can help you gain more control:1) Recognize your symptomsYou must first be aware of the signs to assist in treating maladaptive daydreaming. If you're concerned about your daydreams, look for further warning signals such as how they affect your relationships with others and at work, how strongly you want to carry on with them, and how vivid and detailed they are. Maladaptive daydreamers could also notice a decline in the quality of their sleep. Symptoms of Maladaptive Daydreaming: Malad...
Maladaptive Daydreaming vs Inattentive ADHD; How to Spot the Difference
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Maladaptive Daydreaming vs Inattentive ADHD; How to Spot the Difference

Inflow Describes Similarities and Differences in MD and ADHD Inflow is an app designed to help users manage ADHD, their associated website also publishes articles relevant to that mission. Recently the site published this piece on the differences between MD and Inattentive ADHD. People with and without ADHD daydream. It becomes maladaptive when it interferes with daily life, and the dreamer urgently needs to return to dreaming. Maladaptive daydreaming (MD) is not a recognized mental health condition, but researchers are working towards distinguishing it from other established conditions. MD is often misdiagnosed as ADHD, even though the two are separate. Maladaptive daydreaming can present like ADHD since it can lead to inattentiveness and ...
Back to Life; Lolina’s “Live in Paris”
Arts, Uncategorized

Back to Life; Lolina’s “Live in Paris”

Contributor for Bandcamp Daily details the MD Experience Kainoa Nagao, a Brooklyn writer and community worker, details their experience with MD through this lovely vignette of their experience with music. The urbane sound collage of Live in Paris was captivating to me. I had just exited my first relationship and was not handling the break-up well. Living completely alone in an environment as energetic as New York City quickly created a level of lonely anonymity to the point where I felt like a ghost, and Live in Paris fed off that facelessness. Something about hearing the chain-lined combat boots walking on “Chance” or the incessant car horns and conversations on “Rage” separated me from the real world and allowed me to visualize something different, something better. Yes, I could...
Maladaptive Daydreaming; Signs, Impact and 7 Ways to Stop Doing It
Advise, Uncategorized

Maladaptive Daydreaming; Signs, Impact and 7 Ways to Stop Doing It

Happier Human Tackles MD Happier Human is a book and wesite which takes "the science of happiness" and turns it into "actionable steps for a better life." They recently published this piece on their site about ways to address Maladaptive Daydreaming. If we are to discuss maladaptive daydreaming in the context of happiness, things can get quite complicated. Can we honestly say that people who daydream are less happy and satisfied with their lives than those who choose to anchor themselves in reality?Sadly, researchers have paid little attention to the relationship between happiness and daydreaming. However, some experts believe that daydreaming impact men and women differently. [7] For women, the vividness of daydreaming predicts lower life satisfaction whereas, for men, it’s the f...
When Daydreams Overpower Reality: Maladaptive Daydreaming
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When Daydreams Overpower Reality: Maladaptive Daydreaming

Seattle Anxiety Specialists PLLC talks about MD Seattle Anxiety Specialists is a private outpatient practice serving the Seattle Washington area. Their website provides articles on relevant topics. Last month they published a piece on Maladaptive Daydreaming, illustrating that awareness is spreading among clinicians. Lee (2019) describes a Canadian teenager named Maddie. By her own account, Maddie has been maladaptively daydreaming since she was a young child; as a little girl, she often paced in her driveway while daydreaming. She did this often enough and for long enough periods to wear through the grass and leave a strip of exposed dirt in her wake.[14] These vivid, consuming daydreams continued to be regular parts of her day through her teen years; by her estimate, she spends...
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