Doodling Daydreamers

If you’ve ever been at a meeting and, at the end of it, what you thought were notes turns out to be an elaborate doodle? You’re not alone, and according to some recent studies there may be some important benefits. Thanks to a former student’s parent for passing this piece on to me.

John Tierney wrote a column in the New York Times titled: Discovering the Virtues of a Wandering Mind.

“At long last, the doodling daydreamer is getting some respect.

In the past, daydreaming was often considered a failure of mental discipline, or worse. Freud labeled it infantile and neurotic. Psychology textbooks warned it could lead to psychosis. Neuroscientists complained that the rogue bursts of activity on brain scans kept interfering with their studies of more important mental functions.

But now that researchers have been analyzing those stray thoughts, they’ve found daydreaming to be remarkably common — and often quite useful. A wandering mind can protect you from immediate perils and keep you on course toward long-term goals. Sometimes daydreaming is counterproductive, but sometimes it fosters creativity and helps you solve problems….”  Click here to read the rest of his column.

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