As I’ve been putting out my First Report on Medium, I’ve been hooked to psychology and journaling. Let me start with some differences between fantasy and practice. In psychology, study is understood to mean something with significant knowledge and examination of people and situations, where knowledge is defined as a logical judgement of each situation that has been termed as real. Precisely this process can be defined as fantasy. Fantasy includes imagination, conjecturing, hypothesizing, scheming, ignorance, and dream envisioning, among others. It is a broad term, as means to person to fantasy, isn’t exactly what I will be saying about it in this report.
Practice on the other hand, is a study of a research area where the researcher gathers information by asking relevant questions. Good psychology, however, entails answering questions asked in a rigorous manner. People tend to think research about fantasy and practice could mean allowing a single idea or pattern of thinking to take over or define the concept, but practice can ultimately prove a lot more useful in any period of my life as a total lifestyle practice. In terms of fantasy practice, the aim is to be able to have doubts in the mind while practicing.
Some compare fantasy to imagination, since it is the “fill in” to the actual reality. In fact, fantasy is a way of thinking about our behaviors and our world. On a third hand, we might compare fantasy to dreams, as they are just moments where any “uhmmmmm” or “hmm” they may say comes into their head to describe the mind before they are awake.
Another misconception is that mental functions such as imagination can influence people’s subconscious being. But while I am a bit sure that both imagination and fantasizing can influence people’s thoughts and actions, I should also give it a fair chance to be a part of who I am.
As I mentioned previously in my previous blog, habits are part of my way of being an individual.
Experiments that the subjects in my research were involved in showed me, on a basis of similarity in thoughts and behaviors between participants but, also, similarity in hypnotic thinking. Therefore, my findings are not a case of just people having more phobias. After a session, I applied my results to my own study of psychology which showed me that not only am I addicted to fantasy, but I am also prone to believe those thoughts and feeling when I’m alone. So that explains why I value it.
But still, people can and do practice a wide range of fantasy. Fantasy helps them to be social, be inspired or be spirited. Being able to think and imagine beyond that which they have seen or experienced can help them to be more insightful. Fantasy helps a person to practice neuroscientific skills such as remembering, short-term memories, visual learning, and spatial cognition. Most importantly, for me, fantasies are more different than people might think. So I try to strive my best in not wanting to get into circles of obsession.
Everyday, I am attempting to understand myself a little better. I went from growing up in a diverse family to choosing the only rural school in our small town (having my mother and father who are both completely self-employed, we are always working). This often means that I go to school alone, as being the only kid in our family, I do not get the kind of attention a kid gets as I am usually kept by my parents. Also, the stress of juggling the two leaves me with no choice but to avoid being traumatized by people around me. Having dreams and fantasies allows me to sort my thoughts through a myriad of varying themes. I am doing the best I can to keep those dreams from my mind, which I thought I did by simply taking out my fantasy journal, but here’s the thing, not every dream is happy or fun.
I’m not saying that my dream journal is really cheesy (I don’t). The greatest thing about it though is that it finally, finally reveals to me a little less of what I was really like, but also shows what a sheltered me was from seeing, hearing, and thinking about things.
My dreams’ strength come to me through relationships with friends, my therapist and a higher power. For some reason, they make me think differently. I feel that too many relationships lead to me being lonely, too much power follows me and leaves me with little time to think out of my box.
Instead, I create my fantasy journal through literature, through my experiences, my confidence, and my reasoning. Whether it be an imaginary movie or an episode of Question Three, I find that my journal fills in the gaps of what is happening in my brain and what is coming at me.
I’ve been asking myself, even if I knew about my participation, how to move forward. There are no short-term answers to life. So in as much as I know my whole life is about practice, I will stay many steps ahead of the game