Hello everyone! I daydream a lot and have a paracosm I've been nursing since childhood but I don't have maladaptive daydreaming. I can control when and for how long I daydream and it doesn't interfere with my life or daily function. I only daydream in private and even use my paras to make chores and homework more entertaining. I've done it more and more the last few years to help cope with the loneliness, anxiety, and depression of chronic illness. I don't feel right adding MaDD to my profile because that's not really what I have but there isn't another option to express what I'm feeling. I'd like to find some community, do you guys think it's okay if I add MaDD anyways??
I had never heard of paracosm before. But now that I know what it is I think I'm more like you. I daydream a lot when I'm bored or lonely and they are very vivid to the point where I actually act out things. But I wouldn't say it gets in the way of me preforming everyday tasks.
Yeah, for sure! I didn't know there was a name for any of this until I wrote a research paper about it a couple years ago. When I found out about paracosms it was a major moment because I realized I'm not alone. I also act things out! Lots of facial expressions, gestures, and whispering to myself, something my older brother used to make fun of me for when we were younger (that taught me to only daydream in private lol)
There's no right or wrong here, of course you can add anything you want to your profile if it helps you. Clearly you can relate to people who have maladaptive daydreaming. I actually think your input could be interesting because it sounds like you have more control over it than some of us. 😊
Thank you so much!! I think I will add it because I'm just as interested in what you all have to say 😁
Thank you for giving it a name for me. I thought it more as dissociation but I love your take on how you use it to your advantage! That is a much better less self harming outlook on it
Sure thing! Not all paracosmists have MaDD but most MaDDers have a paracosm. Its all in the how it happens and if you can control it, if it affects your daily life and functioning.
I've experienced dissociation before, very numb and detatched, and would personally describe my daydream experiences more like a really involved kid talking with imaginary friends type stuff, like I'm still aware and fully functional, can stop immediately at any time, but I'm engaging with my paras elsewhere (most of the time I take on the role of a para, the fictional version of me rarely makes appearances anymore as I've gotten older)
I'm curious to know if others, like yourself, experience daydreams more dissociatively. That's very interesting to me and tbh a little scary, y'all are troopers for sure!!
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