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MALADAPTIVE DAYDREAMING: PERCHÉ PUÒ FAR MALE E COME SMETTERE DI FARLO
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MALADAPTIVE DAYDREAMING: PERCHÉ PUÒ FAR MALE E COME SMETTERE DI FARLO

Italian article published. An Italian-language article on Maladaptive Daydreaming was recently published by Agata Maini for The Wom. The Wom is an Italian language magazine for "new generation of women: free to be themselves, gritty, beautiful and (im)perfect." From the article: Il maladaptive daydreaming è una forma di astensione dalla realtà che va conosciuta e, se possibile, contrastata con ogni mezzo psicologico a propria disposizione. Sognare ad occhi aperti non ha mai fatto male a nessuno, a patto che l’avere la testa tra le nuvole non si faccia sistematico e totalizzante.Al momento è difficile definirla sindrome, poiché i libri di psicologia ancora non hanno incluso questa condizione nei manuali diagnostici. Tuttavia, imparare a riconoscerla potrebbe essere utile a qualcun...
Are Defense Styles Mediators between traumatic Experiences and Maladaptive Daydreaming?
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Are Defense Styles Mediators between traumatic Experiences and Maladaptive Daydreaming?

New paper published. Alessandro Musetti, Alessio Gori, Giovanni Michelini, Cinzia Di Monte, Christian Franceschini & Rachele Mariani recently published a new paper in Current Psychology; A Journal for Diverse Perspectives on Diverse Psychological Issues. From the abstract: Maladaptive daydreaming (MD) is a new proposed mental disorder in which an excessive absorption in vivid, narrative fantasies generates impairments in various life domains. This study aimed to examine the role of traumatic life experiences and immature, neurotic, and mature defense styles in MD. Three hundred and fifty-six Italian adults, ranging in age from 18 to 60 years completed an online survey, including measures of MD, traumatic life events, and defense styles. A multiple mediation model showed that...
Immersive and Maladaptive Daydreaming and Divergent Thinking in Autism Spectrum Disorders
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Immersive and Maladaptive Daydreaming and Divergent Thinking in Autism Spectrum Disorders

New paper published! Melina Jay West, Eli Somer and Inge-Marie Eigsti recently published a paper on divergent thinking, MD and ASD. It was published in Imagination, Cognition and Personality, a Sage Journal; "Since 1981, Imagination, Cognition and Personality has presented thoughtful investigations of mental images and fantasies, memory fragments and future anticipations, sensations and emotions, intrapersonal communication, and narrative constructions." The following is from the Abstract: Little is known about the internal mental experiences of individuals with ASD. While some research suggests a limited capacity for imagination, other studies show heightened interest in fantasy and unique forms of creative thinking in ASD. This study explored daydreaming experiences in adults wit...
MaDDtober 2022
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MaDDtober 2022

MD themed Inktober prompt list Maddtober is a Maladaptive Daydreaming prompt list put out as an alternate list to the popular Inktober challenge. The challenge is a fun month-long event for artists of all skill levels. To participate one draws their interpretation of that day's word and posts it to social media with the associated hashtag. In this case #maddtober.MaDDtober 2022 prompt list: InwardCreativeIdealFuturePaceAdventureLoveHereAlternateTogetherIsolationDeepCraveShadowFeelFindControlGoalWorldStoryFreezeComfortEmptyWorkEssentialStayCareBecauseClosePossibleAway
MD Discord Watch Party
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MD Discord Watch Party

The Daydreamers mini doc, Sept 23/24 7pm EST The Maladaptive Daydreaming Discord server will be showing The Daydreamer mini doc, by Thomas Renckens, this Friday and Saturday (the 23rd and 24th of September 2022). The film will start at 7pm EST and is 33 minutes long. What if you’re addicted to your own fantasy? The Daydreamers takes a closer look at the phenomenon of ‘Maladaptive Daydreaming’ – a psychological term coined by Prof. Dr. Eli Somer, which is characterised by extensive fantasy activity, so much so that it replaces human interaction and impairs real-life functioning.This is the first ever documentary to touch upon this largely unknown condition, which affects hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide. Protagonists Agatha and Jessica meet Eli Somer for the first ti...
Dreaming or Daydreaming During COVID-19 Lockdown: A Comparison Between Maladaptive and Nonmaladaptive Daydreamers
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Dreaming or Daydreaming During COVID-19 Lockdown: A Comparison Between Maladaptive and Nonmaladaptive Daydreamers

Italian Team Publishes Study in APA Journal Psychology of Consciousness Abstract: Starting from the idea that dreaming could be considered an index of the psychological health of individuals regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, a major risk of psychological maladjustment has been registered for maladaptive daydreamers. Nevertheless, there is a gap in literature about dreaming in MDers in general and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this study was to investigate differences in dreaming and dream content between probable MDers and non-MDers during the COVID 19 lockdown in Italy. A total of 3,857 Italian adults (664 probable MDers), completed the Maladaptive Daydreaming Scale (MDS-16) and the Mannheim Dream Questionnaire (MADRE). Among them, 1,095 participants (222 pro...
Maladaptive daydreaming, gender myths and me
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Maladaptive daydreaming, gender myths and me

Maladaptive Daydreaming and the Wellcome Collection Wellcome Collection is a museum and library in London, they are "a free museum and library exploring health and human experience". Their online presence includes a page on 'stories', "We tell stories about health and human experience. Our words and pictures make connections, provoke new thinking and share lived experiences," and recently featured a story, by Laura Grace Simpkins, on Maladaptive Daydreaming and the feminization of daydreaming. Ever since Odysseus’s men partook of the lotus, daydreaming has been negatively feminised. When the crew members join in with the tribe’s lotus lunch, they take themselves out of the sphere of male labour and reduce themselves to female domesticity and ‘unmindfulness’. In another mythological...
MD Gets $300,000 Grant
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MD Gets $300,000 Grant

Dr. Nirit Soffer-Dudek to launch 5 year study of MD The Israeli study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology on the MD path to ADHD continues to garner attention. ADDitude, a publication of a vast American-based ADHD organization, recently featured a report on the findings, with an interview with Dr. Nirit Soffer-Dudek.The MD field has been recognized by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF). Nirit received a 300,000$ grant for a proposed 5-year study titled: "Maladaptive Daydreaming: Exploring Dissociation-Related Mechanisms ."Congratulations, Nirit, for this impressive achievement, and thank you for getting such recognition for our new field.https://daydreamresearch.wixsite.com/md-research/post/maladaptive-daydreaming-recognized-with-grants?postId=9dc654e7-362b-4b46-8135-72ebe...
‘I just go into my head and enjoy it’: the people who can’t stop daydreaming
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‘I just go into my head and enjoy it’: the people who can’t stop daydreaming

The Guardian Publishes MD Article. Such reports are of increasing interest to psychologists, who have started to identify a subset of the population marked for their unusually immersive daydreams. At their best, these vivid and compulsive fantasies can be a source of pleasure and comfort, but they can also be a serious cause of procrastination and distraction, and can prevent people from maintaining their social connections, looking after their health or even eating regular meals.With research revealing that as many as one in 40 people may experience these problems, it seems increasingly likely that “maladaptive daydreaming” will soon be formally recognised as a psychiatric disorder. So what is it? And how can it be treated?https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/aug/28/i-just-go-into...
Understanding Maladaptive Daydreaming: Reining in a Wild Mind
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Understanding Maladaptive Daydreaming: Reining in a Wild Mind

OptimisticLearner publishes article on MD Amanda Eagleson, writer for OptimisticLearner.com, recently covered MD in an article for the publication. Optimistic Learner is a site dedicated to bringing you "research-based content... [relaying] psychological, sociological, physiological, and philosophical information in ways that are easy to understand."An excerpt from the article: As this disorder is relatively uncommon and still being studied it may seem an unnecessary subject of study for those who don’t suffer from it. But understanding maladaptive daydreaming and other lesser-known disorders helps in our collective efforts to produce more cooperative and positive societies. Comprehension is often the key to compassion. Below is an extensive list of sources and resources on this top...