Hyperfocus

Hyperfocus: “Hyperfocus is an intense form of mental concentration or visualization that focuses consciousness on a subject, topic, or task. In some individuals, various subjects or topics may also include daydreams, concepts, fiction, the imagination, and other objects of the mind. Hyperfocus on a certain subject can cause side-tracking away from assigned or important tasks.”
“In some cases, it is referred to as perseveration—an inability or impairment in switching tasks or activities or desisting from mental or physical response repetition (gestures, words, thoughts) despite absence or cessation of a stimulus.” (Wikipedia)

“The over-concentration or hyperfocus often occurs if the person finds something “very interesting and/or provide(s) instant gratification”-
I’ve been really into Chinese dramas lately and that led to an interest in Chinese history which led to an interest in Chinese mythology, and…
I dreamed last week that was a script writer writing a Chinese drama in Chinese. My drama in my dream was in production, so I also was on set while writing, conversing with the actors and director and constantly updating or defending my drama as written. All in Chinese.
It all seemed so perfectly normal until at some point in my dream I got excited about how well I was writing and speaking in Chinese and an Obnoxious Voice matter of factly pointed out “You don’t speak, write, or understand Chinese.” I was very disappointed as I realized, while still dreaming, that this is true, so I must be dreaming and then I realized I was still dreaming and I woke up.

 

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