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Background: When I'm alone and imagining a scene in my head, I make the shapes I'm imagining with my hands, blinking a bit and making the noises I imagine. I get so absorbed that I don't even see my hands moving anymore. Instead I get immersed in the scene.


  • Is there any scientific study of private day dreaming that involves movement and verbalising?
  • Is this a normal activity or is it problematic?
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I don't really have an answer so I'll just leave a link to a wikipedia article describing something similar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maladaptive_daydreaming –  guest-418 Mar 17 '14 at 14:38

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Normality is difficult to establish without knowing a great amount of details. If it makes you feel better what you describe isn't super troubling and it isn't directly referred to in the DSM to my knowledge. However if it is disruptive or causes some kind of stress which is not coped well with then its basically an intrusive thought. Intrusive thoughts are easily corrected in many situations. All dreams are forms of hallucinations so that level of detachment from reality in connection is concerning.

Like a mole on your derrière you'll want to get it looked at by a doctor regularly just to make sure it isn't and it doesn't escalate into something bad.

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