The secret life of maladaptive daydreaming

Daydreaming can be a pleasant pastime, but people who suffer from maladaptive daydreaming are trapped by their fantasies.

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  • Maladaptive daydreamers can experience intricate, vivid daydreams for hours a day.
  • This addiction can result in disassociation from vital life tasks and relationships.
  • Psychologists, online communities, and social pipelines are spreading awareness and hope for many.
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    Smart parenting: 2 exercises that build confidence in girls

    The ability to speak up and ask will give these future leaders a much needed boost.

    • As the head of an all-girls school in Pennsylvania, Marisa Porges has dedicated her life to educating young women and preparing them for the future.
    • Two things that parents can do at home to build confidence and nurture girls' ability to speak up according to Porges are to have them practice ordering for the family, and to encourage them to develop a pitch when making a request. Providing feedback on the pitch becomes more meaningful and memorable than simply saying yes or no.
    • While this advice is great for parents of boys and girls, it is especially important for parents of young women. A recent study showed that 75 percent of high-performing women executives say they have felt imposter syndrome at some point in their careers. The ability to speak up, ask for what they want, and to use their voices confidently will be valuable skills for these future entrepreneurs and CEOs.

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    Teen popularity linked to increased depression in adolescence, decreased depression in adulthood

    The results of this study showed depressive symptoms being highest in adolescence, declining in early adulthood and then climbing back up again into one's early 30s.

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    • A 2020 Michigan State University study examined the link between teen social networks and the levels of depression later in life.
    • This study used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, specifically targeting social network data. The results showed depressive symptoms being highest in adolescence and declining in early adulthood, then climbing back up again into one's early 30s.
    • There are several ways you can attempt to stay active and socially connected while battling depression, according to experts.
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    Time alone (chosen or not) can be a chance to hit the reset button

    In order to gain more from spending time alone, it is important to be open to the benefits that solitude can bring.

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    Solitude has become a topic of fascination in modern Western societies because we believe it is a lost art – often craved, yet so seldom found.

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    New insights into ​hikikomori​ — people who withdraw from society for months or years on end

    What causes people to retreat into their homes indefinitely?

    Hikikomori is a dark term that describes people who stay holed up in their homes, or even just their bedrooms, isolated from everyone except their family, for many months or years.

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