Topic 3 Benefits of daydreaming

Why is daydreaming classically seen as not beneficial?

  • If mind wandering is observed by a third party and costs are measured against externally imposed standards such as speed or accuracy of processing, reading fluency or comprehension, sustained attention, and other external metrics, then daydreaming is seen as even a cognitive failure

However, we all do it…

How can we change this perspective?

  • Mind wandering offers the possibility of very real, personal reward

  • These rewards include 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

Concluding thoughts

It is then clear that free time is essential in the life of children and that we should let children play and engage in creative and imaginative activities. In other words, allowing our children to be free and have moments in which they play by themselves will allow them to develop a great number of capabilities, reflecting on a better performance at school and on a clearer understanding of their environment and the world around them.