Daydreaming for Creativity

Daydreaming, “the idle mind”, is said to be the playground of the devil. Now, recent studies have found that this seemingly innocuous activity plays a vital function of the psyche. It has been found that daydreaming is a good time for creativity exercises and “dress-rehearsals” for socialization skills. To some extent, this may even become the backbone of one’s consciousness.

We tend to have a negative conception of Daydreaming, stemming from when we were school-children. In school, children are reprimanded or teased for letting their imaginations wander instead of focusing on their course material. But is it really such a bad thing?

According to neurologist Marcus Raichle of Washington University in St. Louis, “Everybody does it, they know they do it, and it’s easy for people to relate to.” Many experts say that individuals spend between fifteen and fifty percent of waking hours doing just that, daydreaming. This has been scientifically defined as straying from focused tasks or external stimuli, leading to focus on inner thoughts, fantasies and feelings. This is characterized by the brain going into assimilation of external stimuli to just internal stimuli, triggering the activity of a whole neural network dedicated to facts already known and imagining possibilities in the future.

Old school psychology said that daydreaming was not just a waste of time but can also lead to one form of insanity, specifically neurosis. As a result, there is even a whole line of medication has been prescribed to combat this activity. But modern studies are flipping this notion on its head, showing that daydreaming may be essential to our brain function and mental well-being.

Only a very few studies have been made, but from the looks of it, this is a healthy way for individuals to induce creativity and enhance socialization skills. Besides, it’s a safe way to while away the time.

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