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  • I am an INTROVERT and I DID

    13 27.08%
  • I am an INTROVERT and I DID NOT

    23 47.92%
  • I am an EXTRAVERT and I DID

    1 2.08%
  • I am an EXTRAVERT and I DID NOT

    7 14.58%
  • I am a SENSOR and I DID

    3 6.25%
  • I am an SENSOR and I DID NOT

    5 10.42%
  • I am an INTUITIVE and I DID

    10 20.83%
  • I am an INTUITIVE and I DID NOT

    26 54.17%
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    It's not like I didn't have real friends as well.. It's just a testament to the other kids that my stuffed frog was far more intelligent and a better conversationalist than they were

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    No, I never had one. That typical stereotype that INFPs (I think I read so) would often fantasize so much that they had imaginary friends in childhood doesnt fit for that reason to me. Maybe because I spent much time with "real" friends (we were three living in the same street and in same school in same age, so yeah, we were kinda supposed to hang around) back then which didn't leave me much time to imagine one? Or I just lack fantasy Maybe on the long turn they would have been better friends than the "real" ones, sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayoitsStepho View Post
    I did not, BUT I did often talk to animals.
    Quote Originally Posted by Charnette View Post
    I talk to animals till today.
    These fit me! I can't ever recall having any imaginary friends. From the time I was a one year old on, I never went anywhere without my puppy. My parents even took her with us when we'd go to my grandparents' house. So I always talked to her. And I cried when she stole my sucker.

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    Some posts in this thread read so belittling. It just strikes me that here is psychology forum ostensibly full of enlightenment and free thinking, yet some adults seem to want to denigrate the innocent, imaginary play of children. Seems like such an antiquated mindset. If you can't fathom creating some imaginary "others" and find it pathetic, then how do you read a novel? How do you suppose someone else wrote that novel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasilisa View Post
    Some posts in this thread read so belittling. It just strikes me that here is psychology forum ostensibly full of enlightenment and free thinking, yet some adults seem to want to denigrate the innocent, imaginary play of children. Seems like such an antiquated mindset. If you can't fathom creating some imaginary "others" and find it pathetic, then how do you read a novel? How do you suppose someone else wrote that novel?
    I used the word pathetic describing imaginary friends, so maybe ur kinda addressing me, or me and the others who have been dismissive of imaginary friends.

    I can't help how I feel Vasilisa! Thinking about a kid with imaginary friends evokes pity from me. I can't help but think the children that create imaginary friends do so because something is lacking in their life. Maybe parent-child neglect, no friends, lack of stimulation, etc. I'm sure it's usually harmless and a short phase w/ most kids, but I still find it sad. I mean, I played with Ninja Turtles, but I didn't have an invisible kid named Jeffrey who I turned to for comfort, that lived in my belly button whenever an adult came in the room, and that kept me company.

    Creating a character for a book in your mind, which is kinda like creating imaginary friends, at least has utility and a real purpose, i.e. the novel.

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    Well, aj knows best, I suppose. He always does.

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    Now Oberon's startin to get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charnette View Post
    I talk to animals till today.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chaotic Harmony View Post
    These fit me! I can't ever recall having any imaginary friends. From the time I was a one year old on, I never went anywhere without my puppy. My parents even took her with us when we'd go to my grandparents' house. So I always talked to her. And I cried when she stole my sucker.
    I always had this obsession with talking to birds when I was a little girl. Today I always find myself carrying on a conversation with my cats and dog.
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    had tons of them, but they are all adults now
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    I used to make my stuffed animals come alive to entertain other kids but knew the stuffies weren't alive. Also didn't have an imaginary friend.

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