Maladaptive Daydreaming: Your Daydreaming is not The Problem.

Maladaptive Daydreaming: Your Daydreaming is not The Problem. daydreaming
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Today, I’ll clarify that daydreaming itself is not the issue; it’s the addiction to daydreaming that poses a problem. Daydreaming is a natural part of life, similar to eating. Everyone daydreams, but when daydreaming becomes a coping mechanism for negative emotions like anxiety and stress, that’s when it becomes problematic.

Drawing a parallel to eating, just as overeating can be a response to emotional distress, excessive daydreaming can serve as an escape. The more you indulge in daydreaming to cope with sadness or stress, the more addicted you become.

The root problem lies in unprocessed underlying issues that signal to your mind a perceived inability to handle these emotions. Despite having inner resources to manage emotions, past negative experiences or trauma may lead you to believe you can’t cope. Thus, the mind resorts to coping mechanisms like daydreaming. To address this, focus on processing and managing emotions in the real world rather than escaping to the imaginary one. By developing healthy emotional coping mechanisms, you reduce the need for addictive substances or addictive behaviors like daydreaming.

Work on letting go of emotions rather than seeking an escape. Understanding that you have the capacity to manage emotions authentically and possess inner resources to navigate challenges is crucial. This shift towards authenticity and autonomy enables you to face emotions head-on without relying on addictive coping mechanisms.

Note from the Author

If you’re ready and you’d like my help with overcoming and managing maladaptive daydreaming without spending years in therapy, then you can book a FREE BREAKTHROUGH CALL with me HERE. Happy healing 💙💙. Feel free to share and comment! Use this information with caution, it comes from my own thoughts & bias, experiences and research😊.

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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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