Thank you so much Nathan!!!
That is a really interesting question and is something i haven’t really thought about/considered. Kendra and Katrina asked about the negative effects of daydreaming but saying that it can lead to stress and anxiety is slightly different.
Too much of it can cause obsessive thinking which can cause interferences with someone’s day to day functions. When someone obsessively thinks about something, that could lead to stress and anxiety if they are obsessively thinking about something that stresses them out.
A person living in their subconscious mind for too long can lead them to being delusional and may cause them difficulty with differentiating the “real world” and “dream world”. Their “daydream world” may or may not be a pleasant place, so obsessive daydreaming or thinking stressful/anxious/dark thoughts can definitely lead to ill effects.
Daydreaming can also be a place to escape (as mentioned in my TED Talk) and can lead to someone isolating themselves. This also means that they may visualize or imaging scenarios that may end up leading them to be more anxious/stressed (ex. if they have social anxiety and think a lot in their head and then become even more anxious).
But then that brings me to the question of “what is the difference between just thinking and daydreaming?”
These are all possible outcomes/effects of EXTENSIVE daydreaming. These symptoms/effects do not happen to everyone and happen when daydreaming is taken to an extreme. So i do think it is possible that daydreaming could lead to ill effects that may contribute to stress or anxiety but “light daydreaming” or the daydreaming i was talking about in my TED Talk (which is just letting your mind wander) may not cause these effects.
Your interesting question has led me to new questions of my own now. Huh now i am really curious about “what is daydreaming” and the differences/connections between daydreaming, your subconscious mind, thinking, and night dreaming. I didn’t really go too deep into the things listed above for i really wanted to focus my TED Talk on how daydreaming helps our creative process.
Thank you Nathan for your question and i hope i answered yours.
Hahahaha that is a really good point! I totally agree!!! Awesome job Kendra!!! I think everyone can definitely relate to your TED Talk!
Nice job Colin! This was a really interesting and unique topic for a TED talk. The video was very attention grabbing and entertaining. Great job!
Are there any ongoing studies in this field? What kind of training would you need to join the study?
Hi Kaleigh! Great job! All the points you made were super clear and I especially found the ones on super speed to be especially interesting!
A question that your talk brought to my attention is: What superpower would benefit society? I can understand that superpowers are mainly used in comics to fight crime but what else would they be good for? In another way, if we were to focus on genetically engineering superheroes, what should we focus on first? If super speed wouldn’t do us much good, what do you think would? I’d love to here your opinion! Great job on your talk!
(Ps. This and a few other of my comments haven’t been posting, so if you could let me know that this actually went through, I’d appreciate it!)
Hey James! Great video! I really enjoyed your topic as it had never really crossed my mind before. I actually read up on a few experiments done on isolation because of this talk so thanks for sparking so many questions for me!
I have a quick question/thought that I would love your opinion on! You mentioned that those involved in the “48 hour isolation” experiment had hallucinations. Do you think that this is just a symptom of severe isolation or could it also be involved with loneliness? What I mean is, is it possible for someone who feels excluded in school (lonely but still surrounded by people) for all of their life to develop hallucinations or other serious symptoms? Or is this something only involved with complete isolation? Thanks and Good job once again!
(Ps. I’ve tried posting this comment a few times, so please let me know if this works asap! Thanks!)
Hi Hamilton, I’m happy you enjoyed my TED Talk. Based on what I hear, it doesn’t seem like the majority of the Talons get enough sleep. Although, the class is pretty good at keeping positive about it. I find that one technique that works well for me is to set small goals to complete every few days. Let’s take this TED Talk for example. Early in advance I set a day for my research, then my speech, and then my slides to be complete–everything needed to be done a few days before the due date. This pretty much guaranteed that the talk would be ready in advance. Another benefit of this technique is that you feel rewarded after you complete each little goal you set–and like I said to Anika, this really helps in the increase of your positivity.
Hi Kaleigh, that’s a really good question! Right now, I don’t have a set-in-stone answer, so I’ll definitely have to take a look into sleep and adaptation. Here’s what I think so far: Like with most adaptations, adapting to little sleep would be a long process. With all the negative side effects of sleep deprivation, it makes me wonder if we as humans may still have a price to pay for little to no sleep. But would the benefits outweigh the costs?
Hi Sydney, thanks for the feedback and great question! Before actually beginning my TED Talk, I was trying to better my sleep habits and found that in doing so, there was a difference in my mood and well being. When I began my research, it started to make sense why there was a change after more sleep. I became more aware and like I said to Vanessa, I finally understood how important sleep is. While my sleeping habits still aren’t the very best, doing my TED Talk has definitely inspired me to continue improving.
Hi Anika, I’m glad you enjoyed the TED Talk. Increasing your positivity begins with the simple things. We already know that sleep (a very basic thing) can bring one more positivity, so doing other small things that bring pleasure can also increase our happiness. However, I think we also need to have an awareness of our enjoyment. Doing things you enjoy like reading, listening to music, or having conversations may be part of our regular life but reflecting on these activities and thinking “wow, that was rewarding” causes even more of an impact on our outlook on life. Other things that we can do to increase positivity include finding and following passions, setting and completing goals, and even ridding bad habits.
Vanessa that was great! I loved how you used pop culture and told stories to express your ideas, it made the video more interesting as a whole. Beyond just that I also enjoyed the topic as whole, day dream to me just seemed like a great idea for a TED Talk, at one point I was considering doing it myself. Though I would like to ask, judging by what is said in the video that daydreaming is a process that helps many with finding the answer to the problem they’ve been trying to solve, is also true in the reverse? Can daydreaming often or at the wrong time lead to ill effects that may contribute to stress or anxiety? Though Vanessa in the end I would like to say thank you so much for making such a fun, engaging and interesting TED Talk!