A teacher in Washington, DC, 29-year-old Imani Baucom imagines that she can see fifth-grade students about a trip to the Dominican Republic that she taught seven years ago. They will graduate from high school this spring.
Jordan Firstman, a television writer who has found some celebrities impersonating him on Instagram this year, is fantasizing about a day in a restaurant “with a 20-person breakfast” inside the house, “Until 6 pm after an orgy, dinner, live theater, a warehouse party and clubbing”, “he said.” Then we’ll see ‘Rogue’ at 8 in the morning, because we didn’t get enough theater before the night . We want more theater. “
Putting out such fantasies, at their core, similar to simple ones – a date, a cocktail, the ability to reappear – in it they are all expressions of the need to connect an intense human.
“They are fantasizing about what they are missing right now,” said Deidre Barrett, a psychologist who teaches at Harvard Medical School. “These daydreams work as an alternative, which gives them some enjoyment of the actual experience.”
Stick to hope
In a time in which many people have lost loved ones, or are struggling to pay their bills, feed their families and live in their homes, it is not necessary to imagine a better time than the one Has been given.
“We forget that imagination is not just about the positive,” said Peg O’Connor, a professor of ethics at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota. “Always thinking of imagination as a good thing is a danger. Many people cannot imagine things with good, joyful expectation because they are not capable or have had so much difficulty in their lives that it seems silly. “