A new study indicates that daydreamers are better at remembering information in the face of distraction.
There’s no doubt there are more distractions bombarding students than there were 50 years ago.
Dealing with maladaptive daydreaming in everyday life.
Once accused of being absent-minded, the founder of American Psychology, William James, quipped that he was really just present-minded to his own thoughts.
Jerome L. Singer is the father of daydreaming. His seminal research over the past 50+ years with his colleagues (including John Antrobus and Eric Klinger) has laid the foundations for virtually all current investigations of the costs and benefits of daydreaming and mind wandering (see “The Origins of Positive-Constructive Daydreaming” and “Ode to Positive Constructive Daydreaming“).
Despite the fact that we all daydream, most of us don’t discuss it. We’re more likely to talk about our sex lives (or crimes!) than reveal a daydream. Moreover, many of us have been taught that daydreaming is somehow “bad.” Yet daydreams are far more than wishful thinking—they are our source of ideas, energy, creativity, self-knowledge, and motivation.
To daydream or not to daydream . . . and why do we have to make that choice? Yet we get conflicting messages on this all the time.