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Also look for opportunities to connect with and listen to your child one-on-one, whether driving in the car or while engaged in a creative process like cooking or baking. Knowing that you are interested in her thoughts may help her feel less inclined to drift off. If your child continues to struggle with focus and paying attention, consult with your pediatrician. Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two boys.

Visit her at www. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. How can you re-engage your daydreamer? Here are a few tips: Ensure quiet observation time. Seek physical and creative outlets. Encourage note-taking. A few minutes later, Mom heard about the situations and rest of things from me after healing most of injuries. Though i say that, it's just that she listened to me earnestly instead of regarding it as fabrication.

Mom who heard it, didn't get angry. No, she did scold me saying 'you did a really dangerous deed' but soon after that, 'Sorry' she said that, and hugged me while crying. She scolded herself, saying that she never listened to me properly and so she didn't pay heed to my deeds and due to that I got hurt. And also said 'I won't get angry at you, after all, I never told you that it was dangerous. I told her that many times but she didn't agree it.

Mom couldn't forgive herself. At that time, along with the sense of guilty, it might be a little bit imprudent, but I seriously thought that I have been blessed with a really good mother and got happy. And, Mom who now understood the 'research' I do is not 'child's play' but a full-fledged 'research' made 3 promises with me.

I always have to report the magic I have found during the research. I always have to experiment the magic I have though when I'm with mom. And I will not use the magic mom says as 'rejected' and will not tell it to others. About the third one, I had some doubt due mom being the only person near me, well anyways, From then, I faithfully followed the 3 promises, but recently, I forgot to report some really useful magic that got invented on whim. It's a hassle to report each and everything, now I can also differentiate between magic, so I thought it would be okay to not tell.

I used some magic helping in accelerations and enhancement of physical ability.. I am bad at telling lies to her when she has those damn eyes. Ah, that. It was the same in my previous life too and this life too. The punches and kicks thrown at me in training are more powerful but why does this stir up my heart thousands of times more. It really is strange. I don't want to have the feelings from that time before..

Even if you think it's fine and all, but the things that is bound to happen will happen. That's why Minato, though my promise may be annoying and a hassle. After all, I have no other choice to take. After that, Mom's face went back to normal as if her crying face was a lie and we both headed our way back to home. I passed the test. And I have got full mastership in strength and ability. And, while on our way back to home, from what I heard this test was just as I expected not for knowing my 'battle ability. These are too weak for me to even spar.

Perhaps, this was something like extra characters in the 'setting' mom put in the letter for making it seem more real and for me to get into panic. Ah these were disposable extra characters by the way. Or she would have thought it would be good if I could also do some PvP training too while doing the test. I'll leave the details but if I was serious those guys would have died. Even if they are scum, I still held myself back to not kill them because they can be judged by law. Even mom easily understood that much. If one compares my daily training spar partners these guys were just too weak.

Compared to them, the demons I found en route to come to save mom were a lot stronger. Mom knows about my 'battle prowess' more than anyone else due to her always being my hand to hand spar partner. She made a situation, to evaluate whether I can attack the enemy while keeping myjudgement and calm. Due to the clear time being too short, she couldn't evaluate everything and would evaluate at a later date with some other methods.

I would like it to be within the bounds of common sense. And naturally, I made a promise to tell her about every 'skill' I have. It would've taken a lot of time to come while running, so Mom took me in her arms and we came back flying. Flying through the skies is really great. It's depressing from the standpoint of someone with no talent. While flying, Mom speaks in my ears while holding me in the front, "Minato, it is mom's fault to have deceived you. At the same time, I once again made my mind to not let her become depressed ever again.

I polished my own skills and enhanced my strength in this house. I did obtain Mastership but that is only for the 'skills'. From mom's advice, the best way to compensate for the experience would be to train and take part in actual combat. It's just that, my skills and strength got upped a lot, now the monsters from forest or surroundings are not a match, it feels unsatisfying.

No, it's not good to criticise it. It's not like I'll always get a luxurious life. Well that's how it is, I got a lot stronger. The me who was a weak child with a little knowledge of martial arts, has come till here now. It's hard to imagine that it is me.

And, along with the training, I started taking lessons from mom to learn about the things in this world. She said 'It's not like you can live here for your whole life, right? In other words, I will have to leave. Yes From after my classes started, I started to think like. Ah, this really is another world.

First of all, in this world there are a lot races besides humans, like elves and dwarves called as demi-humans. Their kinds are. Though there is no competition between races regarding social status or something between those lines, but there are differences in like and dislikes between them. The other thing is that this world doesn't has the science and technology as advanced as previous world. Well, in short this world gives out each and every feeling of a cliched fantasy another world. And, here comes the entrance of the cliched regular another world routine 'The adventurer guild'.

They are spread out throughout the world, in every country. Just like it says, it is a 'guild' affiliated with adventurers. It's not like the government managements it is somewhere between the lines like 'It has scope of activity outside the national borders' and 'It has branches and headquarters' Adventurers are, well, just those like those cliched people going for adventurers in places a normal person can not wander to.

And, the society or guilds of adventurers play somewhat important role. And for becoming adventurers in that society it is good to learn bit by bit. Just like that, mom made me learn everything that seemed useful for the me who has a complete 'mastership'. It was not all kind and warm but was hard and cruel, but I want to thank her for that.

Due to that, I didn't drown in power and grew easily I Think. I had not in the least idea that those good days will come to an end suddenly. One Morning, When I woke up, mom wasn't there. After that, while racking through her study room, I found a letter on the top of desk. In simple words, it was a farewell letter. That's why don't just wander in this house always and go out to a journey. I am also going out on a journey. JI Something like that was written. Welp, this person really does take the craziest actions till the bitter end. To just leave out of here by leaving a letter saying 'going on a journey' really this person.

For not pampering me she left me without any previous notice. She didn't leave me her disciple, son a place to return at all. It is cruel, but the way has somewhat parental love mixed. This mother of mine, showing off some old movies master's actions. It is sad but I'm deeply moved by her parental love. All the things above are what I couldn't do or feel.

That is because the precious 'farewell letter' was written on A4 size paper and consisted about a pages. The long and really long letter. Mom, did you have some lingering affection left. After taking mom's feelings—both physically and mentally. I was greatly perplexed and breathe a deep painful sigh.

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It's not like I could've thrown the letter so I went ahead and read it. FTo Minato, I am writing this letter with great pain as if I'm cutting my body in pieces. I am always. J Let's cut up most of crap from here after. So in the beginning it was something like this. The introduction was a full-fledged love letter. And not less than 50 pages, after that crap Oy, now comes the main part.

Mom, do you have no talent in writing compositions? Mom's feelings for you are not limited to just this much and are a lot more but it's time to almost write the main partj Her tone change, right? Well it's fine. While having that much power, it is not good to be always be a shut-in. It's already time for you to know the world.

So leave the house and travel around the world to know it better. I got the permission to roam out in the world. J It was also written. No, It were your personal feelings!? You just due to your personal feelings stop your son's travel time by 1 year and kept on pampering me! Is that alright, master!? And the meaning that you prepared everything 1 year ago.. I bear with the fatigue that suddenly came knocking at me, and look over the letter once again. I'll leave tomorrow, I'll leave tomorrow while thinking that I tried to leave, but Minato your angelic sleeping face always held me backj Sigh.

Love letter comes back. Omitting the rest pages. I got into heat. Let's get back the real talk. J Just tell me already. FWelp, that is how it is, so go on a journey. That way you will get to learn a lot more things. My familiar will do the cleaning and rest so don't worry about it at all J I see. No anxiety left. Just live and travel freely. My ass. And where the hell did she get her familiar from? And about the items in house, you can take them as much as you want.

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Furthermore, this is a farewell gift from mej And, right after reading that, As if some sort of magic trick was placed on that word, on the desk an item like object appeared along with smoke. Was it placed that it would appear if read that word. I don't know what technique it was but yes, complete waste of advanced magic. The item was a bag seeming like a backpack model. Ah, I remember this thing. I remember correctly, inside this is an distorted space and has tremendous storage capacity.

Alias 'Storage Backpack'. Just like those cliched item boxes type. I'm grateful for this. Inside it was a indigo blue colored book with words written with golden color on the cover page. Furthermore this ain't some normal book. It has a strange type of magic feel to it. It might be a magic book Title is..

Once again something great. Ain't this the famous fantasy world magic book. Is this real? And, it was accompanied by a memo. I read it all, so I'm giving it to youj So easily!? Is this easily alright!? I thought it was a dangerous and powerful magic book but are you really going to give it to me as if giving some left-overs from dinner. And the last, It seems like an equipment set for adventuring. It has different feels when put on though. First the gauntlets and leg armor. They seem perfect for my fighting style. Both are jet black as if it will drown me but are shining with gloss due to reflection of light.

I don't know it's raw materials. I think it might be metal. Next is, training clothes sort of clothes for easier movement. The torso is sleeve less and the bottom is long pants. Both are black in color and have some lines of violet color in it. It is cool and awesome and all but it just gives more mysterious feels too. And here once again a black overcoat. On it something like ancient words is tattooed in. And the last, a black belt? No, it's more like kimono belt? That's right, the black belt an advanced karate student wears. And I discover a list sort of thing written in the letter.

But what the hell is 'Joker Metal'? I ain't heard about it ever? And "Darkness" and "Grim Reaper", Clothes and overcoat, both smell of cursed names, is it alright to wear them? And your hand-made belt!? No, well, it's her hand-made and she is giving it to me at this moment it won't be anything normal.

There are a lot of quirky and suspicious equipments. But well, she prepared them for me, I'll use them. By the way, Now that I think about it, if I didn't read this crap I would've left the house without these equipments, right? By all means there was reason for me to read this then. If it's like that keep the letter short. If it wasn't for me, one would've ignored it. While feeling lethargic, I once again run my eyes over the letter.

Leaving the crap, there were warnings and the place I should depart to written.

And it was written I would need special precautions due to my body constitution. I reread the letter sometimes and droved the important things in my mind. And started preparing for leaving! By the time I finished. It was already evening. I had no choice. I had to reread it to see if there was any other magic trick like before. After reading a sum total of pages Is it a Kojien!!? I saw the letter with bitter gaze and gave up on leaving the house today. And, now that I think about it, The night without mom besides me, is fresh or rather unsatisfying. No, honestly.. It feels sad and lonely.

I can't live in this house anymore. It will feel much better than living in a house without mom. It will also act as a diversion. In the end, I'm have mother complex. I wake up at 4 in the morning and packed all the stuff in the backpack. I already checked 3 times. I stuffed all the important things in this hyperspace bag personally named it I wear the normal clothes along with the equipment mom left for me. There doesn't seem to be any curse put on it. Yes, I'm glad it's normal. And I stood in front of the magic circle inside mom's study's hidden door.

It gives out the feeling of 'stand on me and I'll throw you to other side of world' Is she able to do this to? I would've be fine with a normal departure but in letter it was written 'If you want adventure styled departure with thrill then try this! I'm a male after all.

It's fine. It feels like a new journey's good departure. I tried to recall all the 16 years I've lived in this house. A lot of things happened. But well, a lot will happen from now on too. After all, my world which consisted just me and mom will open up in one spurt. I don't know what sort of meetings I will have in the outside world, but that itself is included in journey. Bring it On! I tried to step on magic circle I looked towards mom's letter once again before stepping on circle. I tied it and put it inside my bag except the love letter parts.

It's ending part was, [TMinato, let's meet again somewhere, sometime later. Grow up as a good person and become reliable. I am excited from now already to meet the future you. I love you! There might be a younger brother or sister of you made during the journey. At that time they are all yours J'j Leaving the last part every other parts permeates into the heart. No matter how much I read it. And I don't think the last line is something you say to a child. I now have to show mom the reliable me the next time I meet her. AII Right! Then Let's go! I slapped my cheeks to fill up my determination and jumped in the center of magic circle.

Immediately after, I got wrapped in a flying sort of feeling and left the house. And it's not like I'm a native from north-west Japan. By the time I jumped on the magic circle in-house. I was completely fine. I really though I will be sent out of forest to some plains, but I was wrong. That's because the place I see in before, looks like a damn dungeon. There is wall of stone and floor too along with torches like things on the walls. Though there are no windows present here. For what reason did mom link the magic circle to this damn place?

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By the way, that magic circle can be used one-way only, so no way to return back. It's not like I want to go back so it's fine with me. But I even in my wildest dreams would think of having a dungeon in front of me after flying. Anyway, it would be boring or rather damn silently boring if I don't do a thing, so I decided to look around for understanding my situation. I came here while traversing through another dimension but there is no damage or anything with the equipment. All things I have from tools to provisions are perfectly fine.

The money mom left for me is also fine. Thank God. Next, shadow training. And with vigour tried to do a 3 turn flying kick, but gave up on it as I would collide with the ceiling otherwise. So I checked my magic control. Yea, I can use magic. Magic reload to hands and legs is also faster. No abnormalities. Alright, Status Check Complete!

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So I've now run out of all things I could do. Now that I think about it, it ain't normal to think about what to do inside an unknown dungeon. Places like these, have some sort of purpose in them. I think it's not inefficient to come here by default and think about 'What should I do? In that case, there is only 1 thing I need to do now. If I want to do something else, and I want more information, and so it will be good to get out of here, right? Well then, now my next mission is to get out of this labyrinth like dungeon.

But, After coming here, I met with a simple and serious problem and that stood in my way. Before that, if this is dungeon is it filled with floors? And it doesn't has any windows, So I don't know if I'm above ground or underground, and so I don't fucking know if I should go down or up. This maybe more dangerous than being send to an unknown plains. Hey mom, you there. Ain't this hurdle too high for you son who was departing for a journey. Well, for the time being, let's walk. I don't know any route from the start, so there is no chance for me to get lost or so. Yea, I'm serious. I am escorting a girl adventurer like you who has got no damn fighting power.

This is much service is natural right? I didn't had any intention like tha. Don't touch me! No matter how much fast I needed to come here, I shouldn't have taken a man like this with me! I would've understood it before, if I was calm. It all because of the rumours of treasure lying in this dungeon which I heard from fellow adventurers and guild.

The rumour is about the 'treasure rooms' which were hidden before the strong earthquake from some days ago broke down the walls hiding them. In reality, many have already been discovered. I had some reasons for getting money so I urgently came here prepared, before anyone other discover them. And even I felt uneasy doing so alone, so searched for a similar adventurer who seemed free, but looks like I failed in selecting the right person.

Even though I didn't had time to search thoroughly, but why this guy..! He didn't show his true colours right after entering the dungeon. He can't use magic, but can fight and has repelled many demons by now. Just when thought, that this dungeon's level is not so high and will work out one way or other but it came to this. After moving a little more in dungeon and just the moment we came to a place with low monsters, this guy shows his true colours.

To do it here, you sane!? I wonder what face you'll make a little later. Even I am trained well, but the difference in power is obvious. In short, this man don't fucking care about his name! My clothes are made for moving easily, and due to that it has more exposure of skin than normal clothes.

If one things of taking them off they can do so easily. A high-grade one will be different, but this was the best I could get based on my strength and funds. While I was looking in amazement, he tore off out garments and armour too now the only that is covering my upper body is under garments. The cold air inside the cave comes in contact with my skin directly.

Without paying attention to that, the lustful eyes of the man in front of me moves towards the lower part of my body which is still covered with armour. I found out cold sweat running down my cheeks. My stiff face which was full of confidence soon distorted with fear. That is due to the smile that spread on the man's face and also due to the bad feeling. He-Help me! This place is at the corner of the path in which even monsters rarely ever come. There's no way a person who can save me will pass through. But, at that moment "Now obediently Guboahh!!! It's as if someone punched him flying away Eh, What?

What happened just now!? And then, From my front, came an hysteric sort of voice. It's bad it hit someone!? Who is that man? POV changed to Minato It's bad! I made a mistake! In the beginning I was exploring the dungeon? It's a hassle to roam slowly, so I used magic to accelerate. I gained a lot of pace and searched here and there while running, but know what, it's kinda fun if you do it. And this dungeon is not so complicated and is wide and spacious so it wasn't a problem to run.

And then, that, Er, got elated and ran in full speed. The basics of traffic rule. Stop at the corners for a moment and after confirming there's no problem then move forward. If you don't, in distant future it might turn into something bad. Well, it's already too late for that.

I get even more elated and accelerate a bit more than my full speed. I sprinted at the speed of a vehicle and then when I thought 'ah, crap, a corner's coming, need to decelerate'. But, after decelerating a bit, I tried to perform a daredevil's stunt of making a sharp turn at good speed around corner and this is what happened —Smack! Ah, not so good sound "Noo!? And I have enhanced my body with magic. So I sent him flying with a not so powerful power for me but dangerously powerful power for the other party.

And when I came to my senses a bit later I found that someone It was shaved beard old man sunk into the wall just like what I've seen in manga only, aaa, what a great pose it is! But I can't laugh! No you're wrong! I never had the intention to kill him! It's just that while turning around the corner came a not so nice handsome old man and we clashed.

It's not at all an intentional murder! And this might be a character elimination, so sorry for that. Calm down. Who am I even trying to explain this to and, just when I thought that.

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Excuse me? What the hell, there was a witness too!? The authors report good validity and reliability for this measure. In the present study, Cronbach's alpha for Day 0 was 0. The PANAS is a widely used, valid and reliable assessment tool for negative and positive emotion, by addressing several moods and feeling individuals may experience Two scales were calculated: negative emotion and positive emotion, by averaging scores for the 10 respective emotions of each scale.

Cronbach's alphas for Day 0 were 0. First, we present partial correlations between study variables on the first day of measurements, controlling for age and gender. Next, we take into account the multiple assessment waves. The longitudinal design of the daily diary study produced a multilevel data structure Consequently, multilevel linear modeling MLM was employed, in which level-1 daily-varying MD outcomes were predicted by level-1 daily psychopathology and emotion variables. These were nested within individuals level Thus, the relationships found in this design represent person-centered within-subject associations, rather than variable-centered between-subject associations.

Auto-regressive covariance type is appropriate for longitudinal designs, as it specifies that residuals close to each other in time with be highly correlated. Before running the analyses, we estimated missing data and conducted multiple imputations. Details on these procedures are presented in the Supplementary Material. We also filtered out nights of heavy drinking, and details on this procedure is also covered in the Supplementary Material. From these data the intraclass correlation ICC may be extracted. Next, full models were specified. In each model, MD intensity or quantity was predicted by a psychopathology or emotion variable.

Details on the model specification are included in the Supplementary Material. Finally, time lag analysis was employed, utilizing a 1-day lag in each direction see Supplementary Material. Table 1 presents partial cross-sectional correlations between all daily study variables on the first assessment wave, controlling for age and gender.

As can be seen in the table, MD intensity and quantity were strongly correlated with each other, and were related to most of the distress variables. The table also presents means, standard deviations, and range for study variables, averaged for each individual across the 14 measurements. As evident from the table, on average, participants reported spending over 4 h a day daydreaming, and their average group intensity was close to the middle of the scale. Table 1. Partial correlations between daily study variables on Day 0, controlling for age and gender; as well as descriptive statistics means, standard deviations, and range for all study variables averaged across the 14 days of the study.

Next, longitudinal assessments were also taken into account and for this, MLM was implemented. The latter differences within days is the focus of the present investigation. The full models for contemporaneous daily relations are presented in Table 2. As can be seen in the tables, both MD outcomes were significantly related to all of the other variables, except for social anxiety which was related only to MD intensity but not MD quantity and this is also true for anxiety, when excluding the two participants on antipsychotics.

In other words, on days in which MD was more intense and time-consuming, individuals reported higher levels of dissociation, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, depression, and negative emotion, and lower levels of positive emotion.

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They also experienced more anxiety and social anxiety on days in which MD was more intense. Table 2. Estimates of fixed effects for the psychopathology or emotion variables at Time T, contemporaneously predicting Maladaptive Daydreaming MD intensity or quantity at Time T.

Next, time-lag analysis was conducted to assess whether increases in psychopathological symptoms and negative emotion, and decreases in positive emotion, preceded MD, or followed them. As can be seen in Table 3 , only obsessive-compulsive symptoms emerged as an antecedent of both MD intensity and quantity. Importantly, these effects remained statistically significant even when controlling for obsessive-compulsive symptoms at Time T; in other words, elevated obsessive-compulsive symptoms on a certain day were predictive of elevated MD on the following day, regardless of the level of obsessive-compulsive symptoms on that following day.

In addition, dissociation emerged as an antecedent of MD intensity; however, this effect became statistically non-significant when including Time T dissociation in the model. As can be seen in Table 4 , obsessive-compulsive symptoms, dissociation, and negative emotion emerged as successors of both MD intensity and quantity, and all of these effects remained statistically significant when including the Time T predictors in the model.

This means that elevated MD on a certain day was related to increased obsessive-compulsive symptoms, dissociation, and negative emotion on the following day, over and above the contemporaneous relationship. Table 3. Estimates of fixed effects for the psychopathology or emotion variables at Time T-1, predicting Maladaptive Daydreaming MD intensity or quantity at Time T i. Table 4. This finding is in accordance with previous research suggesting that MD is characterized by high levels of concomitant psychopathology On average, as a group, on their first assessment participants reported spending 4.

Even though all of our participants defined themselves as suffering to some extent from MD, the sample was heterogeneous in the amount and intensity of their MD. In addition to this heterogeneity, participants varied in their own daily intensity and quantity of MD during the period of the study, which enabled us to explore patterns of co-variation with daily changes in psychopathological symptoms and emotion.

Our exploration of temporal covariation between the variables demonstrated strong contemporaneous associations; in other words, on evenings in which individuals reported more intense and time-consuming MD, they also reported elevated levels of a host of other psychopathological symptoms, as well as increased negative, and decreased positive, emotion for that day. The contemporaneous relationships were non-specific and spanned the full range of psychopathological symptoms included in the study. These findings are in accordance with our first hypothesis and strengthen the participants' own definition of their daydreaming as maladaptive.

Although individuals with MD commonly report their daydreaming to be pleasurable and addictive 26 , in the present study we found no evidence for an increase in positive emotion associated with increased MD. In line with subjective reports by individuals who engage in this mental activity 35 , the positive effects of MD activity are probably more short-term and may be detected in an experience-sampling study, tapping into experience at any present moment. Our daily diary study, in which symptoms were reported in the evening to describe the day that had passed, showed that overall, days characterized by increased MD were characterized by negative emotion.

Perhaps when reflecting upon the day, individuals felt shame and regret for the time wasted in daydreaming. Negative emotion was also a successor of MD; it was elevated on the following day, even when controlling for the contemporaneous relation i. Although our data cannot directly distinguish between cause and course , they show that an elevation in MD was followed by an increase in negative emotion, strengthening the notion that in the long term i.

Such a lagged effect was also found for state dissociation symptoms using a measure that addresses mostly depersonalization and derealization and obsessive-compulsive symptoms: they were elevated on the day following MD. These findings partially support our second and third hypotheses and add to them by demonstrating specificity of the effects to dissociative and obsessive-compulsive psychopathologies, and negative, rather than positive, emotion. We will first discuss dissociation, and then obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Possibly, engaging in daydreaming for several hours compromises the sense of presence in reality and brings about experiences of depersonalization and derealization, because attention had been focused on internal fantasy rather than external stimuli and reactions to those stimuli.

Indeed, focusing attention outwards by sensory grounding techniques has been found useful in aiding dissociative individuals 57 , Possibly, attending to mental imagery which is attributed to a non-self entity i. Indeed, increased bodily sensations may be characteristic of intensified daydreams Interestingly, patients with depersonalization-derealization disorder DPD were as good as controls in detecting their own heartbeat, despite their core complaint of disembodiment 60 ; the authors of that study suggested that the impairment in DPD is not perceptual but rather, that DPD individuals have a difficulty in integrating the percepts into their sense of self.

We suggest that engaging in fantasy about non-self or idealized-self entities may bring about disembodiment and difficulty in integration of the self, represented by depersonalization. The temporal relationship between daydreaming and dissociation in this time-lag study conducted on adult respondents, raises questions about the developmental trajectories and temporal relationship between immersive childhood daydreaming under adverse conditions and possible subsequent development of dissociative symptoms. Further studies are needed in order to better understand the temporal relations between intensified daydream imagery and dissociative symptomatology, in general, and a sense of embodiment, in particular.

Notably, although dissociation seems to be a central feature of MD, it did not precede MD. This may be due to our 1-day lag, which is perhaps not the ideal lag to detect such an effect. Conversely, it may stem from the type of dissociative experience measured; possibly, MD may be a form of pathological absorption. In other words, MD may be instigated from an absorptive dissociative tendency to lose oneself in one's imagination, while depersonalization-derealization may be merely a consequence of MD.

It is also possible that MD does not stem from dissociation but is a type of dissociative symptom in itself i. As mentioned above, obsessive-compulsive symptoms were also elevated in the days following MD; In addition, they were the only construct in this study which consistently preceded MD. Notably, despite the finding that obsessive-compulsive symptoms are a central mechanism in the daily dynamics of MD, only a small subset of our sample reported having a diagnosis of OCD 5 participants, which amounts to only 6.

This discrepancy suggests that obsessive-compulsive symptoms and MD share common mechanisms and interact with each other on one hand, but MD does not seem to be merely a subtype of OCD on the other hand [also see 30 ]. Many individuals with MD report that they are constantly drawn to daydreaming in a compulsory fashion, and have difficulty controlling their thoughts 26 , Future studies should clarify whether MD is similar to an obsession as in thoughts and images which appear uninvited and are experienced as intrusive , or a mental compulsion as in a mental action that one feels an urge to perform.

Although MD may be construed as a type of obsession or mental compulsion in itself, this construal cannot fully account for the findings of this study. Notably, the measure used to assess obsessive-compulsive symptoms in this study focuses mainly on various types of specific compulsions, such as checking, counting and washing, with only a few items focusing on obsessing or mental lack of control 7. The elevation of these symptoms before, as well as after, an elevation in MD, in a vicious cycle of compulsions, points to shared mechanisms between the two disorders; for example, perhaps low levels of Serotonin may be involved in the development and maintenance of MD, and should thus be targeted for pharmaceutical interventions.

Indeed, as reviewed in the introduction, one case study of MD reported successfully treating the patient with SSRIs Importantly, compulsions in OCD are reported to alleviate anxiety and distress 61 , which reinforces their occurrence; however, in the present study anxiety did not emerge as a predecessor of MD. This lack of finding may stem from methodological issues; specifically, our design, as mentioned above, was a daily-diary design rather than an experience-sampling design, and the occurrence of anxiety before MD may be grounded in subtler lags e.

It is yet to be explored in future studies whether MD is elevated following more proximal increases in anxiety.

It is also noteworthy that whereas the majority of compulsions in OCD mostly function to alleviate anxiety, mental compulsions are different; individuals with OCD reported that they performed them mostly in an automatic manner, without an explicit reason The relationship between obsessive-compulsive symptoms and automatic behavior is relevant to the discussion on associations between OCD and dissociation. Support for the role of absorption in strengthening or predicting future obsessive-compulsive symptoms has been found in two longitudinal studies on non-clinical samples 17 , There is also support for the role of repetition or perseveration, a symptom of OCD, in creating derealization and dissociative-like vagueness of memory 62 , 63 , and this effect is more prominent in individuals suffering from OCD Thus, it seems that the relationship between obsessive-compulsive symptoms and dissociation is a two-way streak, in which one reinforces the other.

Similarly, in the present study elevations in obsessive-compulsive symptoms both preceded, and followed, elevations in MD, suggesting a vicious cycle in which engaging in one's internal imagery and performing compulsions strengthen each other. The present study raises an important question regarding MD: is MD a separate phenomenon, a psychopathological disorder in its own right, or merely a symptom of another disorder?

The findings raise the possibility of construing MD as a type of obsession or mental compulsion, however, obsessions in OCD are usually related to feelings of intrusion and anxiety, whereas MD is described as more voluntary and enjoyable. Evidence shows that MD is experienced as a highly rewarding behavior marked by behavioral addictive characteristics 27 — 29 , 36 , Inattention is disruptive to functioning, and similarly, mind-wandering has been shown to be related to distress Although we believe these constructs are not identical to MD, because inattention and mind-wandering do not include fanciful daydreaming, more research on MD is needed in order to attempt to distinguish MD from related constructs.

Finally, the findings of the present study may aid in illuminating implications for possible psychotherapeutic interventions useful for treating MD. The close relationship of MD with obsessive-compulsive and addictive symptomatology may indicate the potential usefulness of cognitive-behavioral approaches in the form of response prevention [inspired by Exposure and Response Prevention, ERP; e.

Indeed, a recent pioneering case study attempting to formulate a treatment plan for MD, utilized ERP-informed interventions, among others For example, MD was avoided and intercepted by changing the endings of plots to aversive ones. That study also incorporated mindfulness training 69 into the treatment; such training has been shown to be useful for treating obsessive-compulsive symptoms 70 , 71 and has been hypothesized to be useful for dissociation as well, as the notion of staying in the present moment is somewhat opposite to retreating to dissociative states It is too early to determine the usefulness of these interventions for the treatment of MD, as their impact should be examined in randomized and controlled clinical trials; however, the findings of the present study provide support for their theoretical rationale in the context of MD.

Limitations of the study should be noted. First, the study was conducted online, using solely self-report measures, which may be biased and suffer from shared method variance. Future studies should use the recently-developed SCIMD 1 in order to diagnose participants with standard criteria applied by clinicians rather than self-diagnoses. The issue of relying solely on self-report rather than a clinician's interview is especially important considering that the sample seems to be highly psychopathological as is evident from the percentage of suicidality and unemployment.

However, individual differences in the tendency to exaggerate symptoms probably did not substantially influence the results of this study, which were person-centered rather than variable-centered 8. Second, because of the exploratory nature of this study due to the scarcity of research in the field of MD , criteria for inclusion in the study sample were expansive; participants were of a wide age range and resided in several countries. Despite the overall high rates of psychopathology, our sample also probably included various levels of psychopathological distress.

Nevertheless, as in the previous limitation, the heterogeneity of the sample is also less problematic when considering that this study focused on within-subject longitudinal dynamics. In addition, the inclusion of different ages and countries of origin is also an advantage because results may be generalized to diverse MD populations. Another demographic which is of importance is gender; the sample comprised mostly women, possibly influencing the results; however, this may be representative of the MD population.

Notably, however, even within the scope of individuals with MD, males were more likely to drop out of this study; although we controlled for gender in all analyses, it is possible that our results are more representative of MD dynamics for females. Moreover, our sample represents individuals who agreed to devote considerable time and effort for the scientific advancement of the MD field; thus, self-selection may have influenced our findings and generalization should be approached with caution.

For example, the relation between MD and negative emotion may have been influenced by the sample, i. Finally, another source of sampling bias may have affected generalizability: the study's language and online medium excluded populations of non-English speakers, the poorer and less educated strata of society and those who are not internet-savvy e. Replication studies sampling from more diverse populations could render further support to our findings. Nevertheless, the present study has several strengths of scientific rigor; it is the first longitudinal exploration of MD, relying on experience-near daily diaries instead of retrospective self-report, thus reducing susceptibility to bias.

It rests on a diverse international clinical sample; although we did not conduct psychiatric assessments, we view this sample as a primarily clinical one, not only based on their MDS scores, but also because they reportedly suffer from daydreams that interfere with their lives and cause significant distress, and the majority of these individuals have sought professional help for their symptoms. The study spanned 14 days with repeated assessments and utilized advanced statistical analyses methods including time lag analysis to show which variables increase before, and which increase after, the daily increases in MD, which may aid us in understanding the dynamics of this phenomenon.

Our findings strongly support the notion that these individuals' daydreaming is indeed maladaptive, as it is accompanied, as well as followed by, increases in psychopathological symptoms and negative emotion. Additionally, the finding that a surge in obsessive-compulsive symptoms precedes MD points to a key role of this construct as a contributing mechanism.

We hope that our findings will aid future attempts to develop therapy guidelines for individuals battling MD, so that they will be able to take control over their compulsion to daydream. The datasets for this manuscript are not publicly available because in the consent form signed by participants, it was stated that the data are confidential and will be available only to the researchers, NS and ES, for the purpose of statistical analysis.

Requests to access the datasets should be directed to Dr. Nirit Soffer-Dudek: soffern bgu. NS-D is responsible for study design and conceptualization, sample recruitment, data collection and analyses, literature search, drafting the manuscript, and subsequent revisions and editing. ES is responsible for study design and conceptualization, sample recruitment, literature search, revisions, and editing. The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.

We would like to thank our participants, who contributed considerable time and effort to this longitudinal study, motivated not by reimbursement but rather by a motivation to help the mental health community learn more about Maladaptive Daydreaming. We would also like to thank our research coordinator, Ms. Naama Rozen, whose assistance in data collection and management was invaluable.

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