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Old 04-04-2019, 03:52 PM #11
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This is fascinating--yes! I can absolutely relate.

From as early as I can remember to about the 27 or 28, I was constantly day-dreaming. Grew up in a house with a dad and brother who screamed, cried, punched walls, and generally terrorized my mom and my sisters until age 22 or so. So I learned to "mentally escape" situations I had no control over. It became my default state.

Sadly, I wonder if it's a factor in my problems now. I don't daydream much now, but I often "disassociate" from experiences when I should run, fight, or say "Stop / No Way / Not gonna happen." Instead I just check out and endure it.

But no, you are not the only one who does this. And I don't think you're crazy.
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This is fascinating--yes! I can absolutely relate.

From as early as I can remember to about the 27 or 28, I was constantly day-dreaming. Grew up in a house with a dad and brother who screamed, cried, punched walls, and generally terrorized my mom and my sisters until age 22 or so. So I learned to "mentally escape" situations I had no control over. It became my default state.

Sadly, I wonder if it's a factor in my problems now. I don't daydream much now, but I often "disassociate" from experiences when I should run, fight, or say "Stop / No Way / Not gonna happen." Instead I just check out and endure it.

But no, you are not the only one who does this. And I don't think you're crazy.
So you did it up until age of 27 or 28 but you stopped. What made you stop?
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I'm 26 and have never stopped daydreaming or having "imaginary friends". I think it's completely normal.
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OMG I daydream almost all day long and I hate it if I am interrupted. not all days are like this, but I found if I get 9 hours of sleep, its less. I do have sleep apnea an could sleep all day if I was able to. I remember being in school or church I couldn't even remember what the people were saying. I would be in a half awake half asleep daydream. I would love too hear more about it and am going to look at the links suggested, thank you, -avlady
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I tend to think it is normal too. The Maladaptive part I think is if your daydreams interfere with reality. I have done this since childhood. I wondered sometimes if the daydreams interfered with reality but I don't think they do. They are a tool to use when nothing is going on.

I tend to do this

1. When I am on the train and there is nothing to do on the phone.
2. When I am driving.
3. Right before falling asleep.

When I was younger I had a health device that made my life not so great so this was a way to deal with it. But interestingly this was a thing with me before that.

It is my theory that the people that do this have large imaginations that require it. My entire life I have had creativity and large imagination and that can be used in appropriate ways, such as work, or school.

My sister, on the other hand, has always had a very linear way of looking at things and she doesn't have a large imagination. She was very good at school and was never very creative. She seeks stimulation from others. Very big into video games. While I never touch them. They can't compete with my head.
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I have also done this since I was a child, glad to see its not just me! I have several story lines running at any given time, and will daydream about them depending on my mood.

Does anyone else get sad when you can't get back to a certain story in your head that you used to love? Like you remember the details but it doesn't feel real anymore? It probably shouldn't be something to mourn, but sometimes I miss the way a certain daydream would make me feel.
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Same here, I've daydreamed since a very young age up until now. I admit at one point it became too sever I almost unable to diferentiate between reality and imagination. But aside of that, I get a talent on writing. I've gotten a lot of praises thanks to my skill. I also keep a journal to write my imagination.

@saranity92 I understand that. There are several stories remain in my head right now, but I can only obsessed and think only one story; one world. It becomes well developed compared to the other stories. Too bad because sometimes I want to go back to those stories, but I'm not feeling anything.
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Iíve had this off and on for decades. Iíve been having this lately too. It interferes with doing things because I forget what I was doing when I wander off in my head. I also have dropped out in conversation because my imagination took a detour.
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I used to daydream a lot as a kid. Now I don't so much during the day, but I think I exercise my imagination during my night dreams. I can control them somewhat.
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