Friday, December 2

Author: Dimmer

MD Makes an Appearance in University of Dundee Graduate Showcase 2021
Arts

MD Makes an Appearance in University of Dundee Graduate Showcase 2021

Fine Arts student Rhiannon Dewar talks about her final year case study. Like many students of the class of 2021 end of term projects have migrated to online presentations. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design too has been showcasing their graduates online. One student, Rhiannon Dewar, is graduating this year with an exhibit on their experiences with Maladaptive Daydreaming. Because Rhiannon conveys their own experiences through art, they would love people to be able to see a physical exhibition in the future. Rhiannon explains: “Even if there was just one person who has a mind that works like mine. If that one person could come in … and get it, which is a lot harder now.”https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/entertainment/2296969/video-remarkable-dundee-art-students...
Newly Published: Attached to Virtual Daydreams
Research

Newly Published: Attached to Virtual Daydreams

The Mediating Role of Maladaptive Daydreaming in the Relationship Between Attachment Styles and Problematic Social Media Use Italian researchers have published a new paper on Maladaptive Daydreaming, attachment styles and Problematic social Media Use.Abstract: ...Eight hundred seventy-seven participants between 18 and 68 years old were recruited via an online survey and asked to fill out self-reported measures on attachment styles, maladaptive daydreaming, and PSMU. Mediation analyses showed that maladaptive daydreaming is a significant mediator in the relationships between preoccupied and fearful attachment styles and PSMU, suggesting that maladaptive daydreaming partly explains the established link between insecure attachment styles and excessive use of social media. Individuals w...
Art Student Wins with MD
Arts

Art Student Wins with MD

Grayson Wise won the T.G. Mays Purchase Award for her art piece “She’s a Dreamer: Italian Remnants,”  University of Oklahoma student, Grayson Wise, won a prize at a student art show with photographs depicting tourism as a Maladaptive Daydreamer. The photographs feature a sightseer in Oklahoma with scenes of Italy drawn over. Wise took photos of a friend around Oklahoma, she said. Later, she went in and digitally drew details that could be seen around Italy over the photographs. Many of the details are drawn in thin, white lines with occasional thicker lines of color throughout. The piece was also heavily inspired by Wise’s experiences with maladaptive daydreaming — a realistic and often distracting form of daydreaming — , she said.https://www.oudaily.com/culture/winning-this-award-...
Media

The Himalayan Article

Nepalese newspaper covers MD. The Himalayan, an English language newspaper distributed in Nepal put out an article about Maladaptive Daydreaming this month. Constantly drowning in a sea of thoughts will inevitably take away a large sum of time, causing one to delay the regular execution of one's daily tasks, leading to low performance and failure.During the period of global uncertainty, where people are made to stay at home, it is almost certain that mental health issues like this have flared up amid the COVID-19 pandemic.As people have limited mobility, they are likely to adapt to this disorder as a strategy to cope with boredom or loneliness.https://thehimalayantimes.com/blogs/maladaptive-daydreaming To view the full article click HERE.
Call for Participation: Childhood Adversity
Research

Call for Participation: Childhood Adversity

Are adverse childhood experiences related to psychological disorders? You are invited to participate in a research study about childhood adversity and psychological well-being. You may participate whether or not you have experienced adverse events during childhood. More specifically, this study investigates how traumatic and/or adverse events before the age of 18 are related to later psychological experiences in adulthood. This study is completed entirely online. You will answer some questions about your background, and fill out questionnaires about childhood experiences and your current thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This study will last approximately 30-40 minutes and you will have the option to participate in a lottery to win one of two $50 USD Amazon gift cards at the end of ...
Media

All in the Mind Podcast covers Maladaptive Daydreaming

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Dives into MD Featuring Maladaptive Daydreamer Hannah Byford and Executive Director of the ICMDR, Dr. Soffer-Dudek, ABC dives into MD once more with a 30 minute segment detailing and explaining Maladaptive Daydreaming. As a child, Hannah would spend hours a day in these intricate dreams, building entire new worlds. And by her early 20s, she was spending up to seven hours a day deep in her daydreams.On All in the Mind this week, when daydreams turn dark and the unusual disorder that is 'maladaptive daydreaming.'https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/the-dark-side-of-daydreams/13291932 To listen CLICK HERE
Attachment characteristics and emotion regulation difficulties among maladaptive and normal daydreamers
Research

Attachment characteristics and emotion regulation difficulties among maladaptive and normal daydreamers

New research paper published! Hungarian members of ICMDR Alexandra Sándor and Judith Molnar coauthored a study on attachment characteristics and emotion regulation among MDers. Maladaptive daydreaming is an excessive form of daydreaming which causes significant distress and functional impairment to the affected individuals. Research on maladaptive daydreaming has intensified in recent years, but its pathogenesis has not yet been clearly elucidated. The aim of the study was to examine the attachment characteristics and the difficulties in emotion regulation among maladaptive and normal daydreamers. 717 individuals were recruited online, 106 of whom were screened as maladaptive daydreamers. The results of the Attachment Style Questionnaire revealed a specific attachment style among ma...
Call for Participation: Research
Research

Call for Participation: Research

SENSE OF AGENCY IN UNUSUAL FORMS OF NOCTURNAL DREAMING AND DAYDREAMING Ben-Gurion University of the Negev invites you to join a study looking at Lucid Dreaming and Maladaptive Daydreaming. They are looking for participants 18 years or older. Study is in English. You will need a PC; you will be asked to perform some simple tasks on your computer and answer some questionnaires. It should take around 45 minutes to complete. You may withdraw, no questions asked, at any time by simply closing the browser. This study is being conducted by the Consciousness and Psychopathology Laboratory of the Department of Psychology in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. You can send questions or comments to:Dr. Nirit Soffer Dudek -soffern@bgu.ac.il, head scientific advisor for the research.No...
Bustle Article Covers MD
Media

Bustle Article Covers MD

Why Maladaptive Daydreaming is All Over Your For You Page Awareness of Maladaptive Daydreaming has gotten a boost as people continue to cope with lock-downs and Covid restrictions across the world. Helped along, in no small part, by the popular online platform of TikTok. On TikTok, videos with the hashtag #maladaptivedaydreaming have over 12 million views, thanks to people exploring the topic during the pandemic. Acting out scenes in your bedroom, concocting an intense storyline set in the Marvel universe while brewing tea — it's all fair game. And there's research to show the phenomenon isn't isolated to TikTok: A study of patients in 70 countries published in Frontiers in Psychiatry in November found that COVID-19, with its unique (and awful) combination of social isolation and...
An interview with the film-maker behind “The Daydreamers”
Arts, Media

An interview with the film-maker behind “The Daydreamers”

Thomas Renckens talks to 2Doc about the first documentary film on Maladaptive Daydreaming. (an English translation) What made you so interested in exploring the psyche? “I grew up in Friesland – a rural region in the north of the Netherlands – and I think this greatlyinfluenced the theme of my films. As a child, I always used to be quite bored. There wasn’tmuch to do in Friesland. I would often lock myself in my room, and created different fantasyworlds in my head. It was a way for me to keep myself entertained. I think I’ve always had anurge not to be present in the real world. I think the fact that I was gay also played a part. Ialways felt different from others. Because of that, the films I make often deal with the themeof fantasy and escapism.” How did you come up with the id...