Maladaptive Daydreaming: Navigating the Awkwardness of Public Daydreaming

Maladaptive Daydreaming: Navigating the Awkwardness of Public Daydreaming maladaptive daydreaming: navigating the awkwardness of public daydreaming

Do you often find yourself caught in the act of daydreaming in public, leading to feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness? Many maladaptive daydreamers can relate to this challenge, as they occasionally slip into their vivid inner worlds when they least expect it. Whether you’ve been seen talking to yourself on the street, in public transport, or just lost in thought in a crowded place, managing the embarrassment that comes with public daydreaming is a common struggle. In this article, we’ll explore some strategies to help you cope with these moments without beating yourself up.

  1. Acceptance and Self-Compassion

The first step in managing public daydreaming embarrassment is to go easy on yourself. Understand that most people may not comprehend what you’re experiencing, and attempting to explain it to them might be futile. Embrace the fact that others might label you as strange or eccentric for talking to yourself, but don’t waste your energy trying to change their perception. Instead, channel that energy into self-acceptance.

2. Pretend You’re on a Call:

When you find yourself talking to yourself in public, a simple yet effective strategy is to take out your phone and pretend you’re engaged in a phone conversation. People are less likely to raise eyebrows if they think you’re talking to someone on the other end. This tactic can help divert attention away from your daydreaming habit.

3. Set Boundaries

Daydreaming often starts in private spaces, gradually spilling into public settings. To regain control, establish boundaries for where you allow yourself to daydream. Reserve your daydreaming for designated spaces, like your room, where you can comfortably let your mind wander without the fear of public embarrassment.

4. Find Humor in the Situation

Instead of berating yourself for an embarrassing daydreaming incident, try to see the humor in it. Laugh at the quirks of being a daydreamer and don’t take yourself too seriously. Share your experiences in a humorous way with supportive communities or friends who can relate. This perspective shift can help you embrace your unique qualities.

5. Learn from Your Experiences

Each embarrassing moment can provide valuable insights into your triggers for daydreaming in public. Analyze what led to your daydreaming episode. Is it excessive phone use, lack of social interaction, or a specific environment? Learning from these experiences can help you develop strategies to avoid public daydreaming in the future.

6. Go Easy on Yourself

Perhaps the most crucial piece of advice is to be kind to yourself. When you snap back to reality after an embarrassing daydreaming incident, resist the urge to beat yourself up. Remember that daydreaming is a habit, and habits can be changed with patience and self-compassion. Don’t let these moments define your self-worth.


In conclusion, managing the embarrassment of daydreaming in public is a challenge that many maladaptive daydreamers face. However, it’s essential to remember that you are not alone in this struggle. Instead of dwelling on embarrassment, focus on self-acceptance and finding ways to cope with these moments. Embrace your uniqueness as a daydreamer, and don’t let occasional lapses in public self-control define your self-image. With time, understanding, and self-compassion, you can learn to navigate public daydreaming with grace and confidence. So, go easy on yourself, and remember that you are not defined by your daydreams or the occasional slips into public reverie.

Note from the Author

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Edwin Bii

I'm Edwin Bii, a trained advanced conversational hypnotherapist (ACH) and Mind Shifting Coach from Kenya offering mental health support, and life coaching to help you crush your goalsand overcome your problems. Together, we'll navigate challenges, build self-awareness, and create a happier, healthier you. Let's unlock your potential.

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