Maladaptive Daydreaming: Why Do You Cry After A Long Daydreaming Episode?

Maladaptive Daydreaming: Why Do You Cry After A Long Daydreaming Episode? maladaptive daydreaming: why do you cry after a long daydreaming episode?

Today, I will explain why some people experience intense crying episodes after a prolonged daydreaming session. This phenomenon is a unique aspect of daydreaming that merits exploration. To understand this better, we can break it down into two main instances.

First, it’s crucial to recognize that daydreaming is an exceptionally vivid emotional experience for many individuals. Within these daydreams, some people may find themselves inadvertently delving into their unhealed traumas. In this imaginative world, they may unconsciously revisit traumatic events and relive the emotions associated with those past experiences. When they eventually snap back to reality, these emotions can spill over, resulting in uncontrollable tears. This can be described as being “triggered,” where one essentially re-experiences the emotions from the past in the present moment. It’s like opening a door to a room filled with unresolved emotions, and when you exit that room (the daydream), those emotions linger and can manifest as crying.

An analogy to help clarify this is to think of these daydreams as revisiting an old, emotional memory. When you go back to that memory, it’s as if you’re experiencing the emotions from the past once more. When you exit the daydream, it’s similar to leaving that memory behind, but the emotional residue remains, often leading to tears as a way of releasing those emotions.

The second aspect relates to the strong emotional connections individuals often build with the characters and scenarios they’ve created in their daydreams. These characters become like cherished friends, and there’s a deep sense of trust and familiarity. Coming back to the real world disrupts these connections, creating a sense of loss and sadness. This separation from something or someone you’ve grown deeply attached to can be emotionally jarring, much like parting ways with a long-lost best friend. In such cases, the tears are a natural expression of the feelings of missing, sadness, and loneliness that accompany this separation. It’s important to understand that crying, in this context, is a way of processing and releasing these intense emotions.

In essence, crying after a daydreaming episode is a perfectly normal response. It’s your mind’s way of communicating that it’s time to release and process these pent-up emotions. So, rather than trying to suppress it or viewing it as a negative experience, it’s essential to allow yourself to cry and let those emotions flow. It can be a healthy and relieving experience, a means of acknowledging and addressing the emotions that have surfaced during your daydreaming journey.

I hope this provides a more comprehensive understanding of why crying may occur after a long daydreaming episode. It’s a natural part of the complex emotional landscape that daydreamers navigate.

Note from the Author

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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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