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What your Daydreams say about you



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What do your daydreams say about you as a person ? It's not a simple question although it is one that can be taken to a logical conclusion.

We all daydream from time to time and whilst studies on night dreams are common, those on the aspect of daydreaming are less common. To understand what the mind is doing and what daydreams say about a person, we need to examine the kind of daydreams that people have:

*Memories
*Longings
*Nostalgia
*Regret
*Family events
*Work events
*Abstract

Taking a look at the different aspects of daydreaming can tell a lot about a person, although there is an overall theme which we will explore later. Those that daydream in a nostalgic manner are taking a journey backwards to times that were perhaps more pleasant, and this is the mind's way of escaping the reality of the moment and taking thoughts into a better place where memory lies. Memories, longings and abstract thought processes are usually an escapism that helps a human being cope with the now element in their lives.

Regret and longings are negative daydreams though do play a part in helping an individual understand the processes of mistakes made and regret in particular is a look back at past events, while longings hits the same road though in a future direction. What this achieves is learning and while in some human beings this leads to improvement, in others those mistakes are never learned by and the daydreaming process simply turns over all the negative thoughts making them sometimes more negative than they need to be.

Daydreaming about work and home life are common, and this is a normal phenomenon where the subject is wrapped up in either home or life, and sees different scenarios in their mind's eye that concern their career or their family. These are usually healthy daydreams and take the individual into the different possibilities open to them.

What does daydreaming say about the individual ?

Those subjects that dwell on the negative are stuck in situations that they don't know how to get out of and haven't yet learned the process of putting the negative thoughts into positive mode. Daydreams act as lessons if the subject learns to take all negative traits within daydreams and turn them into positives. The mind is a very complex machine, and training it to be useful isn't that hard. Those that always have negative daydreams are people who need to concentrate on their reactions to the world around them and the people that make up their lives. The negative daydreams help them to look at their lives, though contribute to illnesses such as depression if they are not harnessed and used in a positive manner. Those individuals that have dark daydreams can change the whole manner of their thought processes simply by turning every negative daydream into the realms of possibility and positivity. It takes hard work though it is possible.

Nostalgic daydreamers are usually healthy individuals unless the daydreaming takes a lead instead of just being a device to stimulate the mind. Nostalgia is good. There is nothing wrong with daydreaming about the past times that gave us pleasure. The danger areas lie in those subjects whose daydreams and nostalgia is allowed to gain control of their lives. These people live in the past and cannot get beyond those barriers of nostalgia, regret, longing and to a certain degree needing. Nostalgia can be a great distraction from present situations, although knowing the balance between healthy daydreaming and obsession is important. The mind acts as a medium for people to enhance their lives, and a trip down memory lane is healthy, though getting blocked in the past means that the brain is used to a lesser degree in the present. Striking a balance between nostalgia, regret and longings and the very real situation that is presented in one's life, the daydreams can be used to enhance the present, learn from the past and use the information stored in a very positive manner.

Abstract daydreamers tend to be those that are too busy to concentrate on daydreaming, and have occasional wanderings into the abstract because their gift of daydreaming isn't as finely honed as other daydreamers. Abstract daydreams can be very useful creatively, since these give pictures and ideas that can be used in real life, and many inspirations are born of abstract daydreams.

We all daydream to a larger or smaller extent, though what daydreams tell you about the individual is how well they are coping with their lives, and if trained, how much better they can harness the powers of the mind to progress. Dissecting daydreams and realizing the power the mind has can enhance lives, take away depression in some cases, and bring out that creativity that lurks hidden. It can help us correct mistakes, learn about regrets, and can positively enhance our lives if harnessed and used to a human being's advantage.

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