LET YOUR MIND WANDER
Until recently daydreaming was generally considered either a waste of time or a symptom of neurotic tendencies, and many psychiatrists claimed that habitual daydreaming was evidence of maladjustment or an escape from life’s realities and responsibilities.
As with anything carried to excess, daydreaming can be harmful when ‘fantasy addicts’ withdraw from people and can no longer cope with reality. Then their mental health is impaired.
But such extremes are relatively rare, and there is a growing body of evidence to support the fact that most people suffer from a lack of daydreaming rather than an excess of it. We are now beginning to learn how valuable it really is and that when individuals are completely prevented from daydreaming, not only are they less able to deal with the pressures of day-to-day existence, but also their self-control and self-direction become endangered.
Daydreaming, science has discovered, is an effective relaxation technique. Results of experiments conducted by psychotherapists indicate that daydreaming significantly contributes to intellectual growth, powers of concentration, attention span, and the ability to interact and communicate with others.
Contrary to popular belief, incessant and conscious effort at solving a problem is, in reality, one of the most inefficient ways of treating it.
Effective solutions to severe problems frequently occur when conscious attempts to solve them have been suspended. Inability to relax, to let go of a problem, often prevents its solution.
A life lived without fantasy and daydreaming is a seriously impoverished one. Each of us should put aside a few minutes daily, taking short 10-15 minute vacations. Daydreaming is highly beneficial to your psychological and mental well-being and you’ll find that this modest, inexpensive investment in time will add up to a more creative, more imaginative, more satisfied, and more self-fulfilled you. It offers us a fuller sense of being intensely alive from moment to moment, and this, of course, contributes greatly to the excitement of life.
Mark the best choice.
1. Today it is believed that .
a) daydreaming is an escape from life’s realities and responsibilities
b) symptoms of neurotic tendencies* are due to occasional daydreaming
c) mental health won’t be impaired unless daydreaming becomes an addiction
d) anything carried to excess can be the cause of habitual daydreaming