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Psychotherapists Reveal That Our Daydreams Can Influence Our Lives, So We Have to Be Very Cautious About Them

96% of people daydream at least once a day. We see the world differently and everyone has their own fantasies. But there are common features that unite visionaries. And this isn’t just an escape from reality or dreams about life.

We at Bright Side like to daydream, ourselves. And so we wondered what this could mean to all the dreamers. And, we have to admit, we didn’t expect these results.

Advantages

1. You become smarter and more creative.

According to a study, people who daydream more often did better with intellectual and creative tasks. Also, MRIs helped to find out that their brain functions were more efficient.

2. You learn to solve problems better.

This study claims that during daydreaming, the activity of our brain increases. This also applies to areas of the brain that are associated with solving tough problems. Your brain can unconsciously switch to solving more important tasks when you are busy with less significant things.

3. You can plan better.

People daydream more about the future, rather than the past or present. This helps them set goals and look for ways to achieve them. They think about how to plan for the future and get prepared for it. And this doesn’t just apply to plans for the current day.

4. You become happier.

When you are daydreaming about those who are close to you and who you have a strong relationship with, this positively affects you. These fantasies improve your emotional state, make you happier, and strengthen your connection with these people.

Disadvantages

1. You can become bored.

Those who work at boring jobs have a tendency to fantasize more often. This is because people are trying to diversify their routine with brighter dreams. Also, time spent on boring tasks goes by faster, in the worker’s perception, while their mind is wandering.

2. You can have problems with reading.

Have you ever experienced daydreaming while you’re reading? Your eyes are reading the words, but your mind is wandering off, and you have to re-read the material, since you don’t remember what was there. This is one of the drawbacks of daydreaming, according to scientists, since it makes it difficult to understand the information.

3. You can have amnesia.

You’re more likely to have “daydreaming amnesia” when your dreams are far from the present moment. If you’re thinking about yesterday, you can better remember what you did before your mind started wandering. But if you’re fantasizing about what happened 3 years ago, it will be much more difficult for you to recall things from the present.

4. You can become addicted.

Some people are so immersed in these vivid dreams that they suffer from maladaptive daydreaming. This can interfere with their normal functioning and even replace communication with real people. Those who fantasize a lot, spending up to 60% of their waking hours doing it, may develop a behavioral addiction.

Why your fantasies are worth your attention

Daydreams help us to reveal our fears and desires. Someone imagines again and again how they become the boss, wanting to gain power in reality. Someone else recalls people from the past, which may mean that they miss them. Those who dream of a partner may be alone. And those who fantasize about another partner may be dissatisfied with their relationship.

Therefore, it’s important to try to understand your dreams and to try to solve those issues that don’t suit you in real life. Pay attention to your fantasies and feel free to dream.

How often do you daydream? Have any of your dreams come true? We would like to hear your thoughts in the comments.