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Lost in my mind: What happens when we daydream
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Lost in my mind: What happens when we daydream

Connecticut Public Radio Show Talks About Maladaptive Daydreaming The Colin McEnroe Show can be described with four words beginning with “E:” eclectic, esoteric, eccentric and echolocation. The fourth one refers to how bats use sound to track their prey, and it really doesn’t have much to do with how we think about the show. It was probably a mistake.The best way to understand us is through the subjects we tackle: Neanderthals, tambourines, handshakes, the Iliad, snacks, ringtones, punk rock, Occam’s razor, Rasputin, houseflies, zippers. About The Colin McEnroe Show | Connecticut Public (ctpublic.org) Do you daydream? What do you daydream about? This hour is all about the art of daydreaming. We'll reflect on the value of daydreaming, and why it can be so difficult to talk about ou...
The Daydream Place
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The Daydream Place

Empowered Daydreamer Relaunches This month The Empowered Daydreamer Blog relaunched and rebranded as The Daydream Place. Same great content, new look. If you previously followed the blog make sure you click follow to resubmit, as many were lost in the change. If you weren't following then please do take a look, The Daydream Places is full of well written and helpful articles on Maladaptive and Immersive Daydreaming. I've updated and relaunched my blog to give it a fresh new look. A new article is added each week, covering everything I can think of related to maladaptive and immersive daydreaming. Check it out, and let me know what you think! I relaunched my blog - find the answers to everything you ever wanted to know about maladaptive daydreaming : MaladaptiveDreaming (reddit.c...
Why the internet is obsessed with maladaptive daydreaming
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Why the internet is obsessed with maladaptive daydreaming

i-D Publishes Opinion piece on MD i-D is a British publication, put out by the better-known Vice, it focuses on "youth culture". This month writer Laura Molloy wrote about "The mental health discourse on TikTok sees users confessing to an intense and invasive addiction to letting their mind wander." Given that maladaptive daydreaming often replaces in-person interaction, it’s unsurprising that TikTok's primary demographic, Gen-Z, is resonating en masse with the condition, given that significant periods of their adolescence have been mired in restriction. A study from the University of Haifa found maladaptive daydreamers engaged more frequently in daydreams during periods of pandemic-related quarantine — something that aligns with Tom's experience, who admits to turning to his dayd...
What is Maladaptive Daydreaming?
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What is Maladaptive Daydreaming?

RUSSH publishes article on MD RUSSH is a fashion and beauty magazine, but it has a wellness section! And in that section writer, Jahlia Solomon, published a piece about Maladaptive Daydreaming. Daydreams have forever been a favourite pastime, allowing us to disappear into the sweet fantasies of our own minds and live out our dreams. No matter how addictive social media gets, this feels like a pure form of escapism that has stuck around throughout the tests of technological advancements and distractions of today. What happens when daydreams become too real though? 'Maladaptive daydreaming' is making the rounds on TikTok these days with hordes of people diagnosing themselves with the condition. What is 'Maladaptive Daydreaming'? We investigate - RUSSH To read the full article cl...
For the first time, an innovative intervention program offers help for people suffering from maladaptive daydreaming
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For the first time, an innovative intervention program offers help for people suffering from maladaptive daydreaming

Eureka Alert Publishes on MD Research EurekAlert! is a nonprofit news-release distribution platform operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as a resource for journalists and the public. Recently they published a piece on the findings of Herchu, Somer, Feldman and Soffer-Dudek's study "Mindfulness meditation and self-monitoring reduced maladaptive daydreaming symptoms: A randomized controlled trial of a brief self-guided web-based program." The study results showed a significant improvement in both treatment groups: a significant positive change was noted in 80 percent of the participants. The improvement occurred almost immediately among individuals who completed the entire program, while the process was more gradual among those who received the p...
Maladaptive daydreaming: Here’s why you find yourself in regular, vivid daydream scenarios and what it means
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Maladaptive daydreaming: Here’s why you find yourself in regular, vivid daydream scenarios and what it means

GLAMOUR Publishes a Piece on Maladaptive Daydreaming Glamour is an American woman's magazine in publication since 1939. This month freelance journalist Fiona Ward published a piece on MD in the magazines online newsletter. Below is an excerpt: Most experts say that if your day-to-day life is not hindered by your daydreams, then there's no need to worry. MD can be debilitating – some can feel an ‘urgency’ to daydream, almost as though it is an addiction. This under-researched condition is often connected to dissociative disorder, where sufferers can feel detached from the real world or like they are another person. If you're concerned you may be a maladaptive daydreamer, there is an online platform, Wild Minds Network, where others have shared their stories. If you feel you need h...
The MD Podcast Back for Season Three!
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The MD Podcast Back for Season Three!

Parallel Lives Podcast Returns to YouTube and Spotify Dimmer and Q return for season three of Parallel Lives; An MD Podcast. Parallel Lives posts a new episode on the 1st and 15th of every month, February through October. Topics cover the length and breadth of the MD experience and feature guests from the MD community. If you'd like to suggest a topic you can contact the show via ContactParallelLives@gmail.com Below is Episode1, Season3 on YouTube. You can find the show on Anchor (which links to other platforms , such as Spotify) HERE https://youtu.be/ZPcUI5FFm4A
Mindfulness meditation and self-monitoring reduced maladaptive daydreaming symptoms: A randomized controlled trial of a brief self-guided web-based program.
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Mindfulness meditation and self-monitoring reduced maladaptive daydreaming symptoms: A randomized controlled trial of a brief self-guided web-based program.

New Study Published From the Abstract: All MD measures assessing daydreaming pathology, daydreaming frequency, and life functioning showed significant improvement with a large effect size (ES) from baseline to posttreatment in both intervention groups, whereas the wait-list group showed no significant improvement.Mindfulness with self-monitoring training for MD was superior to mindfulness alone in the short term, but they both were equally efficient in the long term. Both interventions were superior to relying on internet-based support forums only. The clinically significant improvement rate of mindfulness with self-monitoring training was 24%, while the reliable improvement rate reached 39%. At the 6-month follow-up, achievements were maintained. Herscu, O., Somer, E., Federman, ...
Non-MDers needed for ICMDR Study
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Non-MDers needed for ICMDR Study

An appeal from the International Consortium for Maladaptive Daydreaming Research. We need your help in recruiting comparison non-MD participants! The Consciousness and Psychopathology lab currently studies reciprocal relations between self-concept, memories, and daydreaming. The maladaptive daydreaming (MD) community has always been very forthcoming. We were less successful in recruiting a non-MD control group which is necessary to understand MD's effect better. Fortunately, we were recently able to secure some funding for this purpose. To compensate respondents for their time, we will send them Amazon voucher gift cards worth $25! Still, it is difficult for us to reach interested non-MD respondents. We appeal to all who are comfortable distributing our Call for participants and enc...
Mental Imagery and Daydreaming; Call for Participation
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Mental Imagery and Daydreaming; Call for Participation

Call for Participation in Daydreaming Study by the University of New South Wales, Sydney Hi there, We are conducting an experiment looking at mental imagery and its relationship with daydreaming. This study is conducted online, and if you wish to participate, please read the following instructions. If you are not interested, then please disregard this. In this study you will be answering questionnaires related to your mental imagery, daydreams, and daily life. The questionnaires should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. At the completion of this experiment, you will be entered into a $100 gift card draw as recompense for your participation. If you have any questions about this study, please don’t hesitate to ask us at: aphantasia@pearsonlab.org Online Questi...
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