From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"Who of us has not dreamed, on ambitious days, of the miracle of a poetic prose: musical, without rhythm or rhyme; adaptable enough and discordant enough to conform to the lyrical movements of the soul, the waves of revery, the jolts of consciousness?" --À Arsène Houssaye" (1869) by Charles Baudelaire
"What happened between 1740 and 1840 to cause such a proliferation of sexual deviations? The answer is that human beings learned to use the imagination far more than in previous centuries. They learned to day-dream." --The Misfits (1988) by Colin Wilson
Daydreaming is a short-term detachment from one's immediate surroundings, during which a person's contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake.
There are many types of daydreams, and there is no consistent definition amongst psychologists, however the characteristic that is common to all forms of daydreaming meets the criteria for mild dissociation.
A reverie is a daydream.
From Middle French, from Old French resver (“to consider, reflect, be delirious”), probably from Frankish *rēswan, *rāswan (“to consider, conjecture, guess”), from Proto-Germanic *rēswaną (“to think, reckon, calculate”), from Proto-Indo-European *rei- (“to reason, count”). Cognate with Old English rǣswan (“to think, consider, suspect, conjecture”). Related to Gothic 𐍂𐌰𐌸𐌾𐍉 (raþjō, “account, number, explanation”), Old High German rīm (“number”). More at rhyme.
- Daydream (song)
- Creative visualization
- Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming
- Fantasy prone personality
- Fantasy (psychology)
- Maladaptive daydreaming
- Stream of consciousness (psychology)