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Lost in my mind: What happens when we daydream

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Do you daydream? What do you daydream about? This hour: the art of daydreaming.

We reflect on the value of daydreaming and why it can be so difficult to talk about our daydreams. Plus, a look at what daydreaming does to our brains and at maladaptive daydreaming.


  • Leslie Jamison: Novelist, essayist and professor at Columbia University’s MFA Program
  • Jayne Rachel: An advocate for maladaptive daydreaming, who used to experience it
  • Jonathan Schooler: Distinguished professor of psychological and brain sciences and director of The Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential at the University of California, Santa Barbara

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.
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