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Day Dreaming and Fantasy is no Solution to Problems in Life

When it becomes impossible to resolve conflicts in life, the mind will try to convince us through certain methods that psychologists call mental mechanisms: Day dreaming and fantasy are among them.

Fantasy is a common phenomenon. Especially when we are in anxiety or sorrow, we wander into an imaginary world, sliding away from reality.

If there is an intense desire for name and fame that remains unfulfilled, we get some amount of satisfaction by vividly imagining that we are being honoured in a function or some such thing.

We imagine of defeating in an argument, a person, who we cannot face in real life.

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In this manner we indulge in all sorts of imaginations and like to remain in a beggar’s dreamy world.

The discontent mind gets some consolation through such day-dreaming. Those who are suffering from severe mental maladies may not find any difference between fantasies and reality. These day-dreaming episodes indicate different kinds of desire hiding within us, and they also accentuate these desires. We must try to live a real and authentic life instead of fantasizing.

SourceThe Psychological Aspects of Spiritual Life by Swami Nityasthananda – March 2016 issue of Prabuddha Bharata.