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FollowYourBliss October 16th, 2013 5:36am

A recent study found children with imaginary friends used more "private speech" than children without them. This speech has shown to improve children's performance on cognitive tasks, planning, and puzzles. Did you have an imaginary friend as a kid?

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1txteacher Dickinson Gator Swamp
10/16/13 3:43 am

I don't recall one of my own but my oldest did. I blue dog name George and it changed size to suit his needs. Small enough to fit in a pocket (don't sit/step on him) or too large to fit in a car, house, even gym. Lasted about a year. He does not

twss trump is a garbage human
10/16/13 3:18 am

I had two and an imaginary dog. Janet, Jeff, and the dog was Tuffy. Horrible names, but there were daily conversations. I always thought it meant I was just a social kid who had no one to be social with (I was an only child). Kinda cool now :)

Bekka Just relaxing...
10/16/13 1:54 am

No, but I always had a running narrative in my head...I read a lot of books:)

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DrReid Ever present.
10/16/13 2:31 am

Could not have said it better myself! I was the same way.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
10/15/13 11:40 pm

My 3 yr old does. The name changes, but they always live in Madison,WI.

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TaintedCupid
10/16/13 1:43 am

Any idea why they always live in Wisconsin?

Octopus
10/15/13 11:34 pm

Yes. Its name was Broccoli Broccoli. Let that speak for my intelligence and social skills...

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violence Pretty hate machine
10/15/13 11:20 pm

Nope. I just had adult friends. Up until I was four all my friends were adults.

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violence Pretty hate machine
10/15/13 11:26 pm

Actually when I was three, a couple with a kid a couple of years older than me moved in next door. I suppose we were friends.

So all my friends were adults 'til I was three.

TaintedCupid
10/16/13 1:45 am

I can relate with this, most of my childhood was spent with people older and more mature. I didn't play well with people my age for a long time I guess.

inge MIA
10/15/13 11:09 pm

I didn't. My son has an invisible angry bird. He made me set out sushi for him tonight at dinner.

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inge MIA
10/16/13 12:04 am

I ate it when he wasn't looking. The look on his face was priceless.

carebear421dm California Bay Area
10/15/13 10:59 pm

My daughter has two imaginary dogs.... It's kinda funny, but weird. She named them Clover and Alli. We do have a real dog, I'm guessing that was her inspiration for the imaginary ones?

FollowYourBliss Never Happy, Ever After
10/15/13 11:03 pm

It's a subtle hint, she wants you to get more dogs :)

dyousif Rhode Island
10/15/13 10:48 pm

My mother tells me I did, his name was Tom. My mom got weird looks in stores when I would yell out, "we forgot Tom".

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FollowYourBliss Never Happy, Ever After
10/15/13 11:05 pm

That's funny :) I'm sure she had to explain to some people that she, in fact, wasn't forgetting one of her children behind.

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
10/15/13 10:47 pm

Yes. His name was reason.

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FollowYourBliss Never Happy, Ever After
10/15/13 10:59 pm

Interesting name for an imaginary friend :)

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
10/15/13 11:01 pm

Yeah I have no idea where I got it from lol

FollowYourBliss Never Happy, Ever After
10/15/13 10:39 pm

m.us.wsj.com/articles/a/SB10001424052702303376904579135603062785122?mg=reno64-wsj

Here's a link to the article. It's interesting because I always assumed having an imaginary friend was a bad thing and showed a lack of maturity.