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The Art of Daydreaming – Is it a Waste of Time or the Doorway to Creativity?

Posted by: Priya Senroy on May 31, 2013 3:56 pm

Hello readers…it seems that finally spring has arrived in Canada and with that arrival, I am finding myself engaging in day dreaming more. I do not know why but for some reason I am getting clients who are also sharing stories of day dreaming. In trying to process their and my own reasons for daydreaming and trying to find out if there are any therapeutic benefits of this medium to speak,  I found some interesting observations by experts.  Quoting, Eric Klinger, professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota. ‘We think of daydreams as scatterbrained and unfocused, but one of the functions of daydreaming is to keep your life’s agenda in front of you; it reminds you of what’s coming up, it rehearses new situations, plans the future and scans past experiences so you can learn from them.’ Echoing similar sentiments, “If your mind didn’t wander, then you’d be largely shackled to whatever you are doing right now,” says Jonathan Schooler, a psychologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “But instead you can engage in mental time travel and other kinds of simulation. During a daydream, your thoughts are really unbounded.”

And being reaffirmed that I was not wasting time, I decided to daydream with a purpose and followed some basic guidelines, which I have also shared with my clients who have found them to be ‘therapeutic’.

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