mind wandering as a costly cognitive failure with relatively few benefits… However…For the individual, mind wandering offers the possibility of very real, personal reward…self- awareness, creative incubation, improvisation and evaluation, memory consolidation, autobiographical planning, goal driven thought, future planning, retrieval of deeply personal memories, reflective consideration of the meaning of events and experiences, simulating the perspective of another person, evaluating the implications of self and others’ emotional reactions, moral reasoning, and reflective compassion …To gain a fuller understanding of the benefits of positive constructive daydreaming we need to apply tools and metrics…that enable us identify the personally meaningful goals, aspirations, and dreams of individuals and determine how mind wandering supports or undermines those goals. Given the highly personal nature of mind wandering, we need a new focus and new metrics…Most recent studies depict
Theory of Personal Intelligence: The theory takes into account an individual’s personal goals, and considers both controlled forms of cognition (e.g., working memory, attentional focus, etc.) and spontaneous forms of cognition (e.g., intuition, affect, insight, implicit learning, latent inhibition, and the spontaneous triggering of episodic memories and declarative knowledge) are important potential contributors to that personal adaptation.
positive constructive daydreaming: When daydreaming, the contents of consciousness tend to be focused on upcoming personally meaningful events, indicating that they may play a role in autobiographical planning…”
Read the whole post for references and find out more about the positivity of daydreaming. With the contribution of hypnotherapy we may be able to utilise the ability for daydreaming in a constructive and positive manner. Hypnotherapy offers something similar to “ordered and methodical” daydreaming. In that mental state we are observers of our mental images but we can also consciously and subconsciously manipulate and modify those images to our advantage.