Decoding Daydreams: What’s On Your Secret Mind?

February 6, 2012
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4842427Are your daydreams merely innocent flights of fancy? Evidence suggest otherwise.

Day dreams seem to fulfill an important emotional function,
and can tell us a lot about what we’re longing for, what we’re repressing, and what emotions our psyche is trying to process.

Daydreams help us to release built up emotional tension without having to ‘act-out’, just as night dreams do. Daydreams also create a slightly
altered neurological state, where we are less aware of our surroundings, and are entirely engrossed in an inner ‘imaginary’ world.

If you notice a repetitive daydream, pay attention to the emotion at its core, and be aware that this emotion is operating strongly in you at that time.

For example, you may have a repetitive daydream of an intense conversation where you experience the satisfaction of having the last say, or saying something profound that gets heard. The emotion at the core may be a feeling of invisibility, helplessness, or a deep desire to be
acknowledged. Be aware that these emotions are likely to be influencing your behavior in other areas of your life as well.

Get proactive, and make time to daydream more consciously. Create healthy day dreams in which you safely explore your feelings, bring hidden
emotions out of shadow, and reinforce positive emotions.

The principles behind daydreaming and night dreaming are similar, so try greeting your daydreams with the same curiosity you do your
night dreams, and see what timely insights you to discover about yourself.

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