Taking a Look at the Daydreaming Disease

630 WordsJan 30, 20183 Pages
Hundreds of people are struggling to break free from a fantasy world of their own creations. It starts as an innocent escape, but quickly and surely become trapped in a prison of their own minds. It's something so critical for our sake of being, maybe even open up a pathway for psychologists to explore this phenomenon that is constantly being under looked, which is maladaptive daydreaming. Extreme daydreaming, which was later on named Maladaptive Daydreaming by Amanda Schupak and Jayne Bigelsen in their case study The Daydream Disease, is an extensive fantasy activity that replaces human interaction and/or interferences with academic, interpersonal, or vocational functioning. In Bigelsen and Schupak's paper, they mention a woman named Cordellia Amethyste who lives two lives; the one we see, and the one only she sees in which she has developed since she was nine years old. In this dream, she is a successful musician/actress with a husband and eight children, but in reality, she is only an anxious 32-year-old with two cats. This dream, unlike the average person's doesn't stop; It goes on, like a thread that continues for days, months, and even years. In a lot of cases, such as Cordellia's, when she checks out of her fantasy and lives in the real world, the characters in her head keeps living, meaning that when she delves back into dreamland, she'll encounter developments that were put into motion while she wasn't present. Maladaptive daydreaming is usually a
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