Sigh. ..Spilling tea all over myself is not good news. What a bad day >.>
My daydreaming syndrome is getting worst each day. Especially when I’m alone.
I wonder why there’s a song for this: http://suisei.kokidokom.net/2011/02/01/fujiwara-marina-daydream-syndrome-lyrics-translation/
This is so describing me and what I am always feeling in the day (In fact, I am experiencing all the symptoms):
“Maladaptive Daydreaming” is a psychological term first used by Eli Somer to describe a condition in which a person excessively daydreams or fantasizes, sometimes as a response to prior psychological trauma or abuse. Maladaptive Daydreaming is a symptom of multiple Mental Disorders. In the DSM-IV-TR it is classified as a dissociative disorder, while in the ICD-10 it is called Maladaptive Daydreaming and is currently in the process of being classified as an independent neurotic disorder. As of right now, its still listed as a symptom.
Maladaptive Daydreaming is still listed as being symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar and/or Schizophrenia. But, through a little more research, Psychologists are working on making it an independent neurotic disorder.
Maladaptive Daydreaming is most commonly caused by excessive amounts of stress, Depression, Anxiety, Loneliness, low self-esteem, social awkwardness, feelings of “Not fitting in with anyone”, and a response to Emotional, Physical, and Verbal Abuse and/or Neglect in early childhood, early teenage years and early adulthood.
A lot of the time patients do develop Anxiety, Depression, Depersonalization/Derealization and some even hallucinate. Some Maladaptive Daydreamers claim to hear voices from their daydreams and/or see things and people from their daydreams due to their case of Daydreaming being extreme or having high Anxiety and/or paranoia. Maladaptive Daydreamers usually have daydreams that resemble movie-like plots and story-like plots.
Adapted from WIKIPEDIA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maladaptive_daydreaming
Also, I found out this type of disorders stems from having a Fantasy prone personality. I used to think that all artist or people who are creative have this trait, never once I felt that excessive such behaviour can actually make a person become OBSESSIVE.
Fantasy prone personality (FPP) is a disposition or personality trait in which a person experiences a lifelong extensive and deep involvement in fantasy. This disposition is an attempt, at least in part, to better describe “living in a dream world”. An individual with this trait (termed a fantasizer) may have difficulty differentiating between fantasy and reality and may experience hallucinations, as well as self-suggested psychosomatic symptoms. Closely related psychological constructs include daydreaming, absorption and eidetic memory.
A fantasy prone person is reported to spend a large portion of his or her time fantasizing, have vividly intense fantasies, have paranormal experiences, and have intense religious experiences. The fantasies may include dissociation and sexual fantasies. People with FPP are reported to spend over half of their time awake fantasizing or daydreaming and will often confuse or mix their fantasies with their real memories. They also report out-of-body experiences.
A paracosm is an extremely detailed and structured fantasy world often created by extreme or compulsive fantasizers.
Wilson and Barber listed numerous characteristics in their pioneer study, which have been clarified and amplified in later studies. These characteristics are:
- excellent hypnotic subject (most but not all fantasizers)
- having imaginary friends in childhood
- fantasizing often as child
- having an actual fantasy identity
- experiencing imagined sensations as real
- having vivid sensory perceptions
- reputed paranormal experiences (claiming psychic powers, encountering apparitions, reliving past experiences, having out-of-body experiences, communicating with higher intelligences or spirits, claiming to be abducted by aliens)
- mystical experiences
- believe they have powers for spiritual healing or faith healing
- hypnogogic hallucinations (waking dreams)
- receiving sexual satisfaction without physical stimulation.
Fantasy proneness is measured by the “inventory of childhood memories and imaginings” (ICMI)  and the “creative experiences questionnaire (CEQ).
False pregnancy (pseudocyesis). A surprisingly high number of female fantasizers – 60% of the women asked in the Wilson-Barber study – reported that they have had a false pregnancy (pseudocyesis) at least once. They believed that they were pregnant, and they had many of the symptoms. In addition to amenorrhea (stoppage of menstruation), they typically experienced at least four of the following: breast changes, abdominal enlargement, morning sickness, cravings, and “fetal” movements. Two of the subjects went for abortions, following which they were told that no fetus had been found. All of the other false pregnancies terminated quickly when negative results were received from pregnancy tests.
Maladaptive daydreaming.  A recent study reports on 90 excessive, compulsive or maladaptive fantasizers who engaged in extensive periods of highly-structured immersive imaginative experiences. They often reported distress stemming from three factors: difficulty in controlling their fantasies that seemed overwhelming; concern that the fantasies interfered in their personal relationships; and intense shame and exhaustive efforts to keep this “abnormal” behaviour hidden from others.
- Enid Blyton. In an appendix to Barbara Stoney’s biography, psychologist Peter McKellar describes Enid Blyton’s vivid imagination and eidetic memory. She transcribed her prolific stories (over 600 titles) from visions that paraded before her eyes. A story emerged automatically in her mind’s eye, without conscious planning, almost as if she had a private cinema screen. Her “under-mind” seemed able to receive directions such as “the story must be 40,000 words long”; the book ended almost to the word.
- Emily Brontë. Emily Brontë, one of three literary sisters, wrote the powerfully imaginative novel “Wuthering Heights”. Together with her two sisters, Charlotte and Anne, she fantasized frequently as a child, created a detailed fantasy world or identity (paracosm), experienced imagined sensations as real, and had vivid sensory perceptions.
- Charles Dickens. The famous novels and short stories of Dickens are filled with ghost stories, in some of which they are the central feature, e.g., “A Christmas Carol”. In a famous drawing, Dickens is seen sitting in his study, and fantasies are seen parading before his eyes, as in the manner of Enid Blyton. His childhood was traumatic. As a child, his nanny Mary Weller regaled him with horror stories, which stimulated his imagination. He also apparently suffered from manic-depression (bipolar disorder).
- Albert Einstein. The highly creative physicist was a private man who spoke little about his mental life. However it is feasible to argue that he was fantasy-prone, based on a few scattered comments. Einstein told his physician and friend Janos Plesch: “The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge”. He often conducted “thought experiments”. For example, he fantasized himself passing another observer, each of them in a spaceship travelling close to the speed of light. These fantasies were directly contributed to the formulation of his revolutionary theories of relativity. He once told his son (who asked why he was so famous) that he constructed his experiments inside his skull. He rode atop imaginary beams of light … He accomplished these feats with images that blended into filmic sequences in his head.
- Nikola Tesla. The famous inventor had very strong visual fantasies. This ability caused him much “mental anguish” during his childhood; for example, he had difficulty in differentiating between a visualized apple and a real apple. As he got older, however, he learned to discriminate more clearly between his visualizations and reality and used his ability to great advantage in visually constructing his inventions such as the alternating current generator, the induction coil, fluorescent lighting, and neon bulbs.
Adapted from WIKIPEDIA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasy_prone_personality
Feeling extremely exhausted after falling down an escalator and over spilled tea T.T
Yet, am still having that mini movie playing both in and on my mind.