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This is a discussion on Maladaptive daydreaming within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Originally Posted by OrangeAppled Oh geez...they make everything a "condition" now. Yes, I am an imaginative person. Yes, I have ...

  1. #21
    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    Oh geez...they make everything a "condition" now. Yes, I am an imaginative person. Yes, I have a vivid inner world.

    Yes, I...

    • Do repetitive movements while daydreaming (pacing or twirling hair usually)
    • Often listen to music while daydreaming, & even purposely use it to block out other people (with headphones) to daydream
    • Probably daydream more than is usual
    • Have fantasies that are very vivid
    • Can become emotionally attached to the characters I create within my daydreams
    • Sometimes express the emotions I am feeling in my daydreams, but only when alone

    I do not believe this is trauma-coping mechanism for me. I have not had any serious trauma or abuse in my life. I suppose if that's the case for someone, then maybe it is a "problem", but I don't find it a problem for me.

    And UGH, why do I get the feeling this is just some extremely unimaginative, pragmatic person turning yet another common INFP trait into a "disorder"? I'm proud of my imaginaton & day-dreaminess. This is an exploration process that results in a lot of positive things for me.
    At least we are all mostly excited to be fellow daydreamers, not distraught to learn we have a disorder
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  2. #22
    INFP - The Idealists

    I really don't think of it as a disorder Though I guess anything can really be labeled a "disorder" depending on how much it negatively affects a person's life..I think it's different for different people.

  3. #23
    INFP - The Idealists

    Yes i do have this, although i suspect i may have adhd, so i wonder if i have that and not this. Either way i found out about this months ago and was relieved to find i wasnt the only one who did this. I spent almost all of today daydreaming. I like it and sometimes i hate it. I will want to concentrate on something and then just drift off to some other place altogether. I could daydream for hours and not realize it while i was supposed to be doing my homework. I will pace around the house and touch and adjust random things like the kitchen faucet, pick something up and then put it down somewhere else while daydreaming. Once i was getting me a glass of water and i was daydreaming while doing it, and i only realized what was going on when i felt the water running down my hands --__-- yeah thats daydreaming to the extreme when you forget everything around you. And its really awkward when you do this while others are talking. I will be sitting at the table with my mom and some of her friends when the come over, and i will be drifting off in thought while they talk, then my mom would turn to me and say "you remember that dont you?" and i look at her with this "i-just-woke-up" look and have no clue what she's talking about

    --__-- yeah i am a maladaptive daydreamer for sure.

    Oh by the way here is a great maladaptive daydreaming support group:

    http://wildminds.ning.com/

  4. #24
    INFP - The Idealists

    Big maladaptive daydreamer here. I always do repetitive movements when I do it, mainly just pacing. my username, Rhys Kopetsky, is the name of the lead guitarist of one of the fictional bands I've created :D I basically have a whole wikipedia page on him, that's how much effort I've put into him. I've got his personality, his favorite food, books, movies and everything else all nailed down. His favorite color is green, is 5'8 and weighed about 148 lbs at the time of his tragic death in 1997 (also the year i was born). He married Ellen Devirgilio in 1970. He has two sons and a daughter, and I've even got stuff about THEIR lives. I won't get into any more here before I end up writing that whole wiki page about him, lol. but I tell you, I've got EVERYTHING and every detail about his freaking life down. His early life, his family, everything. EVERYTHING.
    I also forgot to mention I put at least this much effort into all my other characters. That shows how crazy i am XD

    Maladaptive daydreaming is fun. it doesn't really become a disorder until you let it affect or ruin your actual life in some way.

  5. #25
    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by HeadHunter241 View Post
    I remember the shock of realizing you're NOT supposed to daydream when listening to music.
    *spits out drink dramatically* wait, you're not? O_O
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  6. #26
    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm new here, hello lol
    All I have to say about this "maladaptive daydreaming" is wow... I never thought anything of it but I am literally someone who goes into their bedroom, shuts the door, turns on music, and is immediately somewhere else in my head. I never even thought of telling someone about it, nor that it is considered abnormal? What I tend to do is fantasize about the ideal me. The me with perfect, long, thick hair, 20 pounds lighter, dressed to the nines, and successful in some dramatic way. Or me on stage singing and everybody I want to prove something to is sitting in the audience just shocked at how great I am. That person in the audience changes with time and who I'm currently obsessing over. Maybe an ex-boyfriend or a teacher I despised or who was critical of me. I have had a tendency to inadvertently shake my hands sometimes. Then other times my daydreams are of me as a famous journalist or designer... but usually I'm on stage and everybody is watching me. My mood and life are directly related to my daydreams, which are vivid, and my own way to distract myself from hurt. I have been picked at for so many things; my crooked teeth, my weight (too skinny, too fat), my interests, and my overall capacity of talent in certain areas that to see somebody so critical in awe of me (even if in my head) is wonderful.

    This is me, but I would say it is relatively harmless! I do suffer from depression but hey, my daydreams are great! They help me cope. lol My own father is an aspie with schizophrenia so I am not shocked I share his hand shaking and his imaginative tendencies. I can agree that this "maladaptive daydreaming" is probably best left up to us INFPs, who can say it is largely helpful, not hindering.
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  7. #27
    INFP - The Idealists

    Wow, neat! I was immediately interested in reading about this. I don't think that I have this involuntarily, and I don't have any physical symptoms therefrom. I only have the symptoms in bold, and I can certainly help myself to stop, but I don't want to.

    * A repetitive movement while daydreaming (pacing, shaking an object in your hands, rocking etc.) However only 89% of people with MD have a movement like this, and it is not necessary for daydreaming
    * Listening to music while daydreaming is common
    * If your daydreaming has begun to affect your real life
    * Some people have reported dizziness, headaches and other physical symptoms after daydreaming.
    * If you daydream more than you think is usual
    * Some people who have this have symptoms similar to Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD or OCD. However, you may actually have one of these disorders AND MD.
    * If your fantasies are very vivid
    * Many MDers are emotionally attached to the characters they create within their daydreams
    * People with this disorder often express the emotions they are feeling in their daydreams, and may cry, laugh, smile or make facial expressions according to what is happening in their fantasies.


    Out of all of these, the one I can relate to most is that I am very attached to the characters in my head! Actually, I used to get more offended if you offended them than if you offended me!

    This intense kind of daydreaming is voluntary and extremely purposeful. It doesn't feel abnormal for me to be doing, I feel abnormal WITHOUT it. I absolutely LOVE daydreaming and I think I wouldn't have a life half worth living without it, to be honest.
    I don't want the outside world to be the sole provider of my happiness, especially since I don't provide as much as I'd like to the outside world, so I give to myself. And that's what always keeps me happy.

    I don't know if what I described above is another kind of condition or not, but it doesn't affect my reasoning or judgment, so I don't care and I don't want to be cured. Sign me up for the asylum, because everyone in this world has an ailment of some kind!

  8. #28
    INFP - The Idealists

    I do this A LOT. Especially at night when my mind won't shut up. I usually walk around my neighborhood like a million times at night while in this other worldly state. I almost never do it during the day because I have to move and I don't want other people to see me walking around like a lunatic lol. I used to replay the same traumatic experience over and over in my head for a year. That got really old, so I got anti-depressants which helped stop it.

  9. #29
    ENFP - The Inspirers

    OH MY GOSH! Someone on this site mentioned it! I'm so happy! :D
    Yes, I have it, it's quite a burden. It's a nightmare most of the time. The person who "founded" this disorder is always saying that many people think they have it when all they have is excessive daydreaming. Maladaptive Daydreaming is way more than that, it consumes your life, you create another world & have "characters or actors on your stage". When you go through this daydreaming, almost every maladaptive daydreamer has tendencies to sway back & forth, flail there arms, make the facial expressions that is in their story, or even cry because there stories in their minds are so intense & realistic, sometimes more realistic than reality. Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder takes over your life, you only remember living a fraction of your real life, you have ACTUALLY daydreamt most of your life away. You have trouble going to sleep because these daydreams/stories haunt you & you have to partake in them in order for your mind to be satisfied. This disorder has just recently begun to be even remotely noticed. The doctor supporting this disorder is striving to get it more noticed, out into the public. I was so relieved when I ran into it all because I've been trying to find answers my whole life on why I am this way, I have almost no control over my life because of it. This is a SERIOUS condition that you CANNOT turn off & on & there is yet to be a cure because the supporter is still striving for it to even be noticed as an official disorder in the text books of psychologists. The supporter/founder stopped taking worldwide surveys for people who have this(gathering up statistics & similarities between us who suffer from it) approx a year ago, but she built a website that is mostly dedicated to MDD that has a forum, it's like a social networking website. Here is the site:

    Wild Minds Network - Where wild minds come to rest

  10. #30
    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Quote Originally Posted by Seven of Cups View Post
    Wow, neat! I was immediately interested in reading about this. I don't think that I have this involuntarily, and I don't have any physical symptoms therefrom. I only have the symptoms in bold, and I can certainly help myself to stop, but I don't want to.

    * A repetitive movement while daydreaming (pacing, shaking an object in your hands, rocking etc.) However only 89% of people with MD have a movement like this, and it is not necessary for daydreaming
    * Listening to music while daydreaming is common
    * If your daydreaming has begun to affect your real life
    * Some people have reported dizziness, headaches and other physical symptoms after daydreaming.
    * If you daydream more than you think is usual
    * Some people who have this have symptoms similar to Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD or OCD. However, you may actually have one of these disorders AND MD.
    * If your fantasies are very vivid
    * Many MDers are emotionally attached to the characters they create within their daydreams
    * People with this disorder often express the emotions they are feeling in their daydreams, and may cry, laugh, smile or make facial expressions according to what is happening in their fantasies.


    Out of all of these, the one I can relate to most is that I am very attached to the characters in my head! Actually, I used to get more offended if you offended them than if you offended me!

    This intense kind of daydreaming is voluntary and extremely purposeful. It doesn't feel abnormal for me to be doing, I feel abnormal WITHOUT it. I absolutely LOVE daydreaming and I think I wouldn't have a life half worth living without it, to be honest.
    I don't want the outside world to be the sole provider of my happiness, especially since I don't provide as much as I'd like to the outside world, so I give to myself. And that's what always keeps me happy.

    I don't know if what I described above is another kind of condition or not, but it doesn't affect my reasoning or judgment, so I don't care and I don't want to be cured. Sign me up for the asylum, because everyone in this world has an ailment of some kind!

    I've had every single 1 of these symptoms to the extreme since I was 4 years old, it's a very scary thing, but can be inspiring at the same time. It's all a trap. Your mind FORCES you to go into these daydream fantasies (which seem all fine & dandy at the time) & then it shoves you out whenever it pleases & slaps you in the face to make you realize it's not reality, but it's better than reality. It lures you in constantly. It's like a lethal drug. You keep craving more & more, you love the adrenaline, the fantasy, the intensity & you're addicted to it, but you have no control over it. Once you're off the "drug" even for a little while, you have withdrawals& it forces you to take the drug again.... in reality.... you're just wasting your life away. Having this disorder is extremely stressful.
    :'(


 
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