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There was a time in my life when confronted with a problem or simply some distasteful conversation, I would slip into a Star Trek rerun in my head. Sometimes I would even change the plot line to a more preferable outcome. In a session with my first mental health counselor in the nineties, she saw me gazing off into space. Asking what I was thinking about I described a conversation between Jean Luc Picard and Worf. After that, when she saw me gaze out into my mental stars avoiding a subject in session, she’d snap her fingers and say, “Hey! Get back here!”—MR

I just go into my head and enjoy it’: the people who can’t stop daydreaming

by David Robson, The Guardian US, August 28, 2022

Psychiatrists may soon recognize ‘maladaptive daydreaming’ as a clinical disorder. But what is it, and how can it be treated?

Every day, Kyla* travels to a fictional universe with advanced space travel. It’s not real, of course – but an incredibly vivid daydream, centered on a protagonist with a detailed history. “It covers 79 years in the life of my main character,” she says. “I know how the whole thing plays out, and I can drop into it at whatever point I want to experience.”

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