Day Dreaming Good for You? Reflection Is Critical for Development and Well-Being
Now I understand the sign outside a co-worker’s cubicle….Please do not disturb now, I am thinking…
As each day passes, the pace of life seems to accelerate — demands on productivity continue ever upward and there is hardly ever a moment when we aren’t, in some way, in touch with our family, friends, or coworkers. While moments for reflection may be hard to come by, a new article suggests that the long-lost art of introspection — even daydreaming — may be an increasingly valuable part of life…
“Balance is needed between outward and inward attention, since time spent mind wandering, reflecting and imagining may also improve the quality of outward attention that kids can sustain,” says Immordino-Yang.
She and her colleagues argue that mindful introspection can become an effective part of the classroom curriculum, providing students with the skills they need to engage in constructive internal processing and productive reflection. Research indicates that when children are given the time and skills necessary for reflecting, they often become more motivated, less anxious, perform better on tests, and plan more effectively for the future.
And mindful reflection is not just important in an academic context — it’s also essential to our ability to make meaning of the world around us. Inward attention is an important contributor to the development of moral thinking and reasoning and is linked with overall socioemotional well-being.
Immordino-Yang and her colleagues worry that the high attention demands of fast-paced urban and digital environments may be systematically undermining opportunities for young people to look inward and reflect, and that this could have negative effects on their psychological development. This is especially true in an age when social media seems to be a constant presence in teens’ day-to-day lives…
According to the authors, perhaps the most important conclusion to be drawn from research on the brain at rest is the fact that all rest is not idleness [my emphasis!]
- Day Dreaming Good for You? Reflection Is Critical for Development and Well-Being (thesciencebulletin.wordpress.com)
- Rest Is Not Idleness: Reflection Is Critical for Development and Well-Being (psychologicalscience.org)
- Rest is not idleness: Reflection is critical for development and well-being (eurekalert.org)
- Why Daydreaming Isn’t a Waste of Time (blogs.kqed.org)
- Day dreaming good for you? Reflection is critical for development and well-being (sciencedaily.com)
- Rest is not idleness: Reflection is critical for development and well-being (medicalxpress.com)
- Daydreamers Could Be the Smart Kids, Says USC Study (psychologicalscience.org)
- Reflecting on my reflections… #pgce (drbadgr.wordpress.com)
- Mind Wandering: Remembering the past and Imaginging the future share similarities (jeanettebartha.wordpress.com)
- The Power of Self Reflection (joyofspa.com)
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