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This study investigates the daydream activity of psychiatric patients as measured by the standard retrospective questionnaire vs. a more immediate measure. It also compares the responses of psychiatric patients vs. college students to a daydreaming inventory. Factor analytic and correlative results show considerable consistency between the retrospective and more immediate measures of daydreaming. Psychiatric patients were observed to have less positive and less vivid daydreams than college students, with greater emphasis on fears of failure.