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2021 Vol. 14 Issue 75

Egorova P.A., Osin E.N., Kedrova N.B. Daydream and life choices: an experimental study

Full text in Russian: Егорова П.А., Осин Е.Н., Кедрова Н.Б. Мечта и жизненный выбор: экспериментальное исследование

National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

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In this study we examined the role of daydreams and daydreaming in decision-making process. The paper describes our results on the influence of daydreams and daydreaming on the emotional attitude towards life choices as well as on the search of a solution during decision making. The study involved 199 people aged 18 to 64 (164 females and 35 males). The study participants were asked to describe a recent situation of choice and evaluate it by a number of parameters. Subsequently, the participants were divided in two groups: the first one was asked to daydream whereas the second one – to recall the content of the day. Eventually the participants evaluated their experience and degree of involvement during the trial. In addition, they evaluated the situation of choice again. The "Subjective quality of choice” questionnaire by Leontiev D.A. and a few specially designed questionnaires were used to examine the influence of daydreaming on decision-making process. Daydreaming was found to reduce the emotional attitude towards the situation of choice and the experience of the significance of choice. The influence of daydreams on finding a solution in decision making process was not detected. Our results allowed for an assumption regarding the mechanisms of daydreams and daydreaming effect on decision making. Particularly, daydreaming is thought to actualize and clarify personal motives and meanings important to a person. This, in turn, allows one to place the situation in a wider context.

Keywords: psychology, daydream, daydreaming, choice, decision-making process, emotions

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Funding
The paper was supported by the HSE University Basic Research Program.

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Received 04 December 2020. Date of publication: 04 March 2021.

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Egorova Polina A. Practical psychologist, Ph.D. Student, Department of Psychology; Higher School of Economics (National Research University), ul. Myasnitskaya, 20, 101000 Moscow, Russia.
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Osin Evgeny N. Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology; Deputy head, International laboratory of positive psychology of personality and motivation, Higher School of Economics (National Research University), ul. Myasnitskaya, 20, 101000 Moscow, Russia.
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Kedrova Natalia B. Practical psychologist, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology; Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, ul. Sretenka 29, 127051 Moscow, Russia.
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Egorova P.A., Osin E.N., Kedrova N.B. Daydream and life choices: an experimental study. Psikho-logicheskie Issledovaniya, 2021, Vol. 14, No. 75, p. 2. http://psystudy.ru

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