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Adults Who Had Imaginary Playmates as Children

  • John F. Connolly


Imagine that you have a personal relationship with a being that you know is not real in the same way that you are. This being, which you are able to describe and interact with easily, could be like a friend, a protector, a teacher, a confidant, or a trouble maker. You are able to hear its words or thoughts with your mind. Your experience is vivid and real and often meaningful, but no one else can see or hear or interact with it the way that you do. If you were to seek out a deeper understanding of such a relationship it would be quickly evident that the orientation of your advisor would define the nature of your experience. In religious circles you would talk about angels, spirits, and the experience of prayer. In metaphysical or parapsychological circles you would talk about spirits, ghosts, fairies, channeling, reincarnation, aliens, mediums, and your higher self. In artistic circles you would talk about the autonomy of the character in your novel or the finding of your voice. In psychotherapeutic circles, you would talk about hallucinations, introjects, archetypes, and the techniques of active imagination, gestalt therapy, psychoimagination, and hypnosis. In healing and personal growth circles you would talk about your inner child, creative visualization, dialogue methods, focusing, psycho-synthesis and intensive journal writing. In social circles you probably wouldn’t talk about it at all.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John F. Connolly
    • 1
  1. 1.The Imaginary Companion ProjectRochesterUSA

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