Sunday, July 21

News

Daydreaming’s Darkside: The Compulsive, Complex Fantasy Disorder That Dominates Some Peoples Lives
Media

Daydreaming’s Darkside: The Compulsive, Complex Fantasy Disorder That Dominates Some Peoples Lives

The Conversation Covers Maladaptive Daydreaming The Conversation, originally an Australian independent news organization, now has editions all over the world. They publish "trustworthy and informative articles written by academic experts for the general public." This month they turned their attention to MD: There seems to be a strong relationship between OCD and maladaptive daydreaming. One study found that over half of participants with maladaptive daydreaming also exhibited signs of OCD. This may suggest possible shared mechanisms between the two disorders, including intrusive thoughts, dissociation and a lack of cognitive control.Though maladaptive daydreaming has been garnering an increasing amount of attention online and through social media, it’s not yet formally recognised ...
Discrimination, Identity Shame, and MD; A Call for Participation
Announcement, Research

Discrimination, Identity Shame, and MD; A Call for Participation

New MD Study Looks for Subjects Hi, I am Faisal Lalani, working with Professors Eli Somer and Hisham Abu-Rayya from the University of Haifa, Israel. I will be conducting interviews as part of a research study aimed at increasing our understanding of the experience of discrimination, identity shame, and maladaptive daydreaming among minority or disabled individuals. Suppose you have experienced shame due to a disability or your racial or ethnic identity and believe you have maladaptive daydreaming. In that case, you are invited to join this study because you are in an ideal position to give us valuable first-hand information on these experiences. Should you agree to participate, please fill out this brief questionnaire, which contains an informed consent form to sign, the 16-item mal...
Maladaptive Daydreaming and Its Relationship with Psychopathological Symptoms, Emotion Regulation, and Problematic Social Networking Sites Use: a Network Analysis Approach
Informative, Research

Maladaptive Daydreaming and Its Relationship with Psychopathological Symptoms, Emotion Regulation, and Problematic Social Networking Sites Use: a Network Analysis Approach

New paper published! From the abstract: ... Results showed that, compared to non-MDers, MDers showed significantly higher scores in all the study variables, except for cognitive reappraisal. Moreover, in the MDers network, the following patterns were identified: (i) no connections between the cluster of psychopathological symptoms, and neither cognitive reappraisal nor expressive suppression; (ii) a connection, through obsessive–compulsive (OC) symptoms, between the cluster of psychopathological symptoms and MD-interference with life; and (iii) a connection between PSNSU and MD-interference with life. Accordingly, the Network Comparison Test evidenced that the network structures of MDers vs. non-MDers were significantly different (M=.24; p=.01). Overall, higher scores on psychopath...
TikTok Is Fascinated By Maladaptive Daydreaming. So What Is It?
Media

TikTok Is Fascinated By Maladaptive Daydreaming. So What Is It?

Popsugar features Maladaptive Daydreaming. Assistant editor for Popsugar; Fitness, Maggie Ryan wrote an article covering the basics of Maladaptive Daydreaming. The article was originally titled If You Can Fantasize For Hours, There’s a Name For That: Maladaptive Daydreaming back in December of 2021, but it recently seems to have undergone a small facelift featuring a new title and an update or two. The new title invokes the name of Tiktok but is mostly a basic "what is MD" piece. Recycled though it may be we love to see MD is still on their minds and hitting a new audience. If you missed it the first time around you can read the full article HERE
Shared Challenges and Cooccurrence of Maladaptive Daydreaming and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Informative, Research

Shared Challenges and Cooccurrence of Maladaptive Daydreaming and Autism Spectrum Disorder

More research on MD and ASD published This month maladaptive daydreaming researchers, Melina West, Eli Somer and Inge-Marie Eigsti, published their second recent paper on the relationship between MD and ASD traits. The paper was published in Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, a journal which publishes "research on intellectual and developmental disabilities, and cognitive impairments resulting from acquired traumatic or nontraumatic brain injury." This is, currently the third paper to examine MD and ASD. For a full list of MD studies check out the publications tab of the ICMDR.From the abstract: A path analysis revealed that broad ASD traits were associated with MD symptoms via the mediating effects of loneliness and emotion regulation difficulties. Moreover, 43% of adults ...
Dream Prisoners. A life with Maladaptive Daydreaming
Arts, Media

Dream Prisoners. A life with Maladaptive Daydreaming

A short documentary film by Elena Rubtsova The purpose of this documentary movie is to spread information about maladaptive daydreaming phenomena, which might help people suffering from it and their surroundings. The film shows phenomenon of maladaptive daydreaming, underlines the reasons for its occurrence and manifestations, describes the dangers associated with it, and also provides suggestions on how to manage the mental state. This movie is based on people's real stories suffering from maladaptive daydreaming and the scientific opinions of two clinical psychologists, incl. Eli Somer , Ph.D. (Somer first described this phenomenon in 2002). Д/ф «Узники мечты. Жизнь с навязчивыми грёзами»/Dream prisoners. A Life with maladaptive daydreaming - YouTube To watch the film click HERE...
Call for participation; Self-Concept, Memory and Daydreaming
Announcement, Research

Call for participation; Self-Concept, Memory and Daydreaming

Graduate Research on Maladaptive Daydreaming. A new call for participation went out this month. Graduate student Ori Median, of Ben Gurion University, is calling on the MD community to take part in a study on "the dynamics and reciprocal relations between self-concept, memories, and daydreaming." 18+English LanguageMDers only My name is Ori and I'm a graduate student of Dr. Nirit Soffer-Dudek from Ben Gurion University, Israel. As some of you may know, one of the main focuses of research in the lab is Maladaptive Daydreaming. Much of the progress in Maladaptive Daydreaming research is due to the willingness of the MDer community to participate in our studies. We wish for MD to get recognized officially by the scientific and medical community, a recognition well deserved and such t...
r/Maladaptivedreaming Turns Nine
Community

r/Maladaptivedreaming Turns Nine

Happy Cakeday Reddit! Let's look back at some memorable moments and interesting insights from last year. Your top 10 posts: "When you're doing all the heavy lifting" by u/Silvermoon424""I've been daydreaming since I was a kid" I say to my imaginary therapist." by u/catus_alienus"maybe if I pace *extra* hard it'll come back?" by u/solennes-anguis"literally" by u/teffo0"i feel like level 113 is the best" by u/hhazelnut7"phew." by u/IAmLostInThisWorld5"*raises glass*" by u/Riri_Gremory"Damn" by u/Wh00pity_sc00p"Yep..." by u/Belantuta":")" by u/Maedehmt Join the Subreddit
Daily Feelings and the Affective Valence of Daydreams in Maladaptive Daydreaming: A Longitudinal Analysis
Informative, Research

Daily Feelings and the Affective Valence of Daydreams in Maladaptive Daydreaming: A Longitudinal Analysis

New Study Published! Hildy Wen, of UMass Amherst, led a peer-reviewed paper, Daily feelings and the affective valence of daydreams in maladaptive daydreaming: A longitudinal analysis, published in Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice. The findings indicate that individuals who daydream to cope with negative memories, feelings, and realities experience more negative emotions following the daydream. In contrast, individuals who daydream about rewarding pastimes and as a means of wish fulfillment typically experience more positive emotions. From the abstract: Individuals who experience higher levels of depression and daydream intensity experience greater levels of negative emotions after their daydreams. Individuals who daydream to cope with negative memories, fe...
Meet Up in Bologna, Italy
Community, Event

Meet Up in Bologna, Italy

Must Register, Space Limited Il 23 ottobre 2022 ci incontreremo a Bologna presso la sede Baumhaus (Via Sebastiano Serlio 25) per una giornata di incontro, condivisione e attività insieme. La partecipazione è gratuita ma è possibile effettuare una libera donazione sul posto per aiutarci a coprire i costi della giornata. I posti sono limitati, perciò è necessario inviare la propria richiesta di adesione tramite il modulo sottostante entro il 18/10/22. Registrati/Register "On 23 October 2022 we will meet in Bologna at the Baumhaus headquarters (Via Sebastiano Serlio 25) for a day of meeting, sharing and activities together. Participation is free but it is possible to make a free donation on site to help us cover the costs of the day. Places are limited, so it is necessary to...
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