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May 27th, 2001

Imaginary Friends

I’ve always been under the impression that most kids have imaginary friends, but thinking back, I don’t ever remember having one. The closest I can remember is when I would play store as a little tyke and calling under the sofa to “Joe” who would give me price checks.

Did you ever have an imaginary friend?

Does s/he still talk to you? (this question you may want to answer with your shrink nearby…) -ram

Posted in Childhood Memories

FROM: Brian
DATE: Wednesday June 6, 2001 -- 10:06:02PM
Never had an imaginary friend, but I always laugh, when I think of the Gimme-A-Break episode when Samantha had an imaginary friend named "Sally-Joe." Sadly, Sally-Joe was killed when the father, enraged at the imaginary friend, "accidentally" tore Sally-Joe's head off. I watched too much T.V. in the 80's.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday June 7, 2001 -- 12:01:10AM
Holy crap, Brian, I totally forgot about that episode. The father was a real hard-ass and I remember how he was pushed over the edge by this imaginary friend.

Good call.



FROM: Adam
DATE: Saturday January 19, 2002 -- 1:12:07 am
I had an imaginary friend named Jimmy. Don't really remember anything about it, I just know because my family never lets me forget it.



FROM: The Sister
DATE: Wednesday February 5, 2003 -- 12:39:49 am
My little brother had an imaginary friend named Amy that he used to play with when I was off at playschool. But you might also want to take in the fact that we lived in a very haunted house and my little brother also remembers a man always jumping out at him trying to scare him and also elderly woman in the basement.



FROM: verity willcocks
DATE: Monday February 10, 2003 -- 11:05:11 am
Gonna sound wierd but making a doc on imaginary friends, does anyone know any children or adults who have them? Please contact me if u do! Many Thanks
Verity



FROM: gordie
DATE: Wednesday June 11, 2003 -- 6:10:33 pm
When I was 2 to 4 years old, my Mom wrote in a book that I had an imaginary friend named Arjid. I don't remember this at all. I just found out recently that Arjid means "Highness" in an extinct gaelic language called Manx. Which has me wondering what it may have all been about... E-mail me if anyone has any thoughts about this.



FROM: Azure [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday June 16, 2003 -- 4:30:23 am
Yo, I /am/ an imaginary friend, and my imaginer didn't stop at 5 years old or I wouldn't be writing this! :)



FROM: Asmodeus
DATE: Monday January 12, 2004 -- 6:27:18 pm
I've got one named James or my apt. is haunted.



FROM: mo
DATE: Wednesday February 4, 2004 -- 7:44:26 am
i am fascinated with the idea of people having imaginary friends and the way they act towards them and how they treat them so if ne1 has 1 plz could you contact me i am also doing an art project on imaginary friends hearing that people have imaginary friends like animals humans and monsters and i wanted to get a rough idea of what peoples look like so i can put it into a painting much appreciated



FROM: Pete
DATE: Friday August 20, 2004 -- 12:58:47 pm
I am approaching 26 and still have imaginary friends. I like to hang out with characters from movies and old friends from high school (some enemies, but when we hang out, we're all the best of friends) Please tell me I'm not alone.



FROM: Leelee
DATE: Thursday January 13, 2005 -- 9:50:25 pm
I am 22 and have always had imaginary characters who all have their own names, personalities, likes, dislikes, etc. I don't know if I'd call them imaginary "friends" since I don't really have conversations with them.



FROM: Heather
DATE: Friday January 14, 2005 -- 12:26:08 pm
My imaginary friend was Joanie from Happy Days. Actually I pretended to play with the whole cast - I was in love with Potsie Webber. He was my imaginary boyfriend. Why a 5/6 year old needed a boyfriend, I couldn't say. I was nearly insane with delight when there when Leather Tuscadero showed up on the show, cause I thought it was Heather they were saying...



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday January 14, 2005 -- 12:32:28 pm
My brother's two-year-old daughter has a couple of imaginary friends. I think that in a lot of cases, the imaginary friend is a way for a kid to demonstrate to their parents how happy they would be if only they had a little brother or sister. They may not know how to ask a parent to get into the reproductive mode, so this is what they do. Theater is born.

I was seventh of eight kids. It was hell--always someone older with claims of seniority, but nothing else, as a reason to pick on you. Therefore, I had imaginary "no friends," meaning, I often dreamed of being an only child. I suppose it was good training for the corporate world. Now that I'm hassled at the office daily, I dream of owning my own business.



FROM: elsa
DATE: Sunday October 16, 2005 -- 4:47:50 pm
I'm 18 and I have had an imaginary soap opera full of fictional characters going on in my head since I was a preschooler. At least it keeps me from getting bored too easily.



FROM: YES I HAD THEM
DATE: Sunday November 13, 2005 -- 10:57:38 am
MY IMAGINARY FRIENDS WERE MY ACCTUALLY MY BEST FRIENDS. I MADE BELIEVE THEY WERE AROUND. OR MADE BELIEVE THAT I PARANTS ADOPTED THEM AND WE BECAME BROTHERS



FROM: Newsha [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday January 29, 2006 -- 6:38:31 am
HI,

I'm 22 ... I've had imaginary friends since I was a little girl...and I still have them around me...and I do have conversations with them...they have different names with different characteristics...I never know if it's good or bad!...I'm just doing some researches on this subject...

Do you know if it means that there's something wrong with me?




FROM: skarlitt feenicks
DATE: Friday February 24, 2006 -- 2:12:44 pm
I think I have an imaginary friend, I don't really see him so much as feel and hear him. He advises me, reminds me of lessons I have already learned, comforts me when I'm lonley, makes me laugh when I'm sad and oddly enough helps me do alot of my writing. When I'm writing and I hit a block, I think of him-picture what he looks like and all of a sudden the block is gone. I read over the writing later and can't remember writing half of it. It's weird cause I don't see him in a physical form but I can completely describe him right down to his approximate age. Maybe I'm crazy. By the way I'm 31, with two kids and I encourage my kids to have imaginary friends;unfortunately my husband does not.



FROM: Jake
DATE: Friday February 24, 2006 -- 2:40:12 pm
Thought my Ex was my friend......Must have imagined it.



FROM: Erin
DATE: Wednesday March 15, 2006 -- 9:41:48 pm
I am 21 years old and i remember having imaginary friends as a young child, especially in kindergarten because i didnt have any friends, i use to talk to them all the time while i was swinging on the swing at school. I use "play" family, and had a daughter and a son, Molly and Jonathan. I was the mother, and would "pretend" to do all the house work, and also be a school teacher, which i am going to school in Earlychildhood Education, which now inspire me to go to school. I still had many "friends" besides the real friends, and even my cat Ty knows who they are.....

i think casper also lives in my apt as well. we are all one big happy family



FROM: Mystik
DATE: Sunday March 26, 2006 -- 11:49:32 am
Ok, well my parents told me that I had an imaginary friend named Sarah. Funny thing is I didn't remember it. I had my youngest daughter 2 yrs ago. and I named her Sarah. When my mother told me that , Sarah was my imag. friends name as a child. I got shivers up my spine. It was too canny. Who knows, maybe I really liked the name then, and obviously still do....Not leaving any options out though. :) Who knows



FROM: Strawman
DATE: Sunday March 26, 2006 -- 4:30:43 pm
I've had plenty of imaginary friends over the years who "de-materialized" right after I'd run out of money at the bar. Mostly females. What a schmuck...



FROM: Drakyn
DATE: Tuesday June 6, 2006 -- 2:53:12 am
I have an imaginary friend and I'm 16. I was kinda thinking I was the only one this old who had one. Nice to know I'm not alone.



FROM: Leon
DATE: Thursday June 8, 2006 -- 7:02:57 pm
I have plenty of imaginary friends that I call mental associates or characters. I don't talk to all of them though. I'm 24 years old and still creating imaginary friends. I mainly talk to three. I just recently joined a sector of five sectors that they asked me to join, and now I'm doing profiles for at least most of them. There are too many to do it all! I'm just recently now seeing them in dreams and stuff. One of my characters in the dream actually signed me up to join the team. I suppose to have been going to what they call the Hylasscouse, which is the "dream world" or the "astral world" as some people call it to have a welcoming conference, but instead, she just signed me in herself since, for me, it's so hard to get there. I'm enjoying this, but now I want them to become separate from me so they can have their own mind, and that's what I'm aiming for, because it's not fun having 100% telepathic capabilties with them knowing what they are going to say and do, hehe. In other words, it's not fun talking to myself all of the time. So now, seeing them in dreams give me hope that one day, they will speak with a separate voice.



Thom May 29, 2007, 11:04 am

Hi there,

My name is Thom and I am trying to contact adults with imaginary friends for a documentary that Electric Sky Productions is developing.

If you do have one, please get in touch on research@electricsky.com with your details and we will get back to you.

Any contact at this stage will remain confidential and we look forward to hearing from you.

Thom

i hope im not alone June 28, 2007, 4:23 am

i have imaginary friends and i talk to them on a daily basis…. that’s all i’m saying…i feel crazy just typing this…

Poppy August 20, 2007, 11:58 am

i want to know about imaginary friend at 8 years old. thank u.

LuLu September 4, 2007, 12:41 am

The soonest I can remember having imaginary friends (2) was around 11 or 12 yrs of age. My parents had gone through a nasty divorce around that time. Maybe that was my way of coping with the stress, as I felt I didn’t have anyone I felt I trusted enough to confide in. I still talk to them sometimes, and I’m a 40 yr old married female with one son. No one knows about this though. I want to make clear that I DO NOT hear voices in my head telling me to do things, thank goodness. Also, it’s not like multiple personality disorder, where one has many different personalities inside them. I just need to talk sometimes like if something’s upsetting me, and only if my husband isn’t around. Otherwise, my hubby and I always talk. If he knew about this though, I think he’d seriously consider shipping me off to the looney bin! Anyway, if this helps others feel less weird, I guess it’s worth it!

lili September 11, 2007, 8:07 pm

i still have imaginary friends and i am almost 50 years old…i entertain them…i act like they are sitting on my couch…i know that they are not really there…i just have conversations with myself as if four or five people are in the room with me…when a real person walks in the room. i stop talking or entertaining…

Jen October 12, 2007, 5:19 pm

I’m 34 and I’ve had imaginary friends since I was very little. My first friend was named Peter and he lived under my basement stairs. He never came out, I would just go sit on the stairs and talk to him.
I’ve always had vivid daydreams and unfortunetly have spent most of my life just dreaming. There have always been new friends for me to be with. Although I didn’t always talk to them.
Now at 34 I have an imaginary friend named Cassey. My life got real stressful a couple years back and it still is. Cassey helps me cope. I write to her a lot ( like a diary I guess) I can tell her anything that’s on my mind and I know she won’t laugh. I can ask questions and she gives me answers that were inside myself anway but maybe I just didn’t want to see.
For me it’s a way of coping. When life gets stressful I can slip off to dream world all too easily. I know it’s strange but I feel that my imaginary friend helps to keep me grounded during those rough times in my life.
Although I would never admit this to my husband. He knows about my first friend when I was little but that he thinks is normal. I’m afraid he would not think this was normal.
I do feel very lonely and unsure of myself most of the time and I don’t have a lot of friends and would be too afraid to ask for their help or advice most of the time any way. My husband expects me to be strong and totaly self sufficient so it’s hard to ask him for advice or help to because he just says to figure it out on my own. That’s where Cassey comes in. Maybe my imaginary friend actually helps to keep me sane rather than being a sign of insanity.

Anne October 24, 2007, 8:14 am

I don’t remember ever having imaginary friends until Jr High / High School when I started going through puberty. I mostly have imaginary boyfriends. They are always based on movie characters, and I imagine living in their fantasy world with them.

Leon November 15, 2007, 5:12 am

This is an update on my imaginary friends. I now have an imaginary girlfriend. Her name is Tyra from a planet called Iinsen. She is 200 years old but looks 30. She has sort of a technical personality which makes her good at the job she does as an engineer. I’ve known her a while before we even got together. I forgot how I met her, but I didn’t even know that we would get together. Now that since we are together, our relationship has gotten strong.

faiza March 20, 2008, 7:15 am

i had imaginary friends when i was a kid.now im 21 years old..now i have many imaginary friends..a whole imaginary world…i feel so lonely..

cody June 4, 2008, 4:22 am

Hello my name is Cody i’m 16 and I have imaginary friends. And a very active imagination. I can all most see my day dreams right before my eyes. I have a very high level of creativity or so I’m told. all my life i was a bit lonely.

I have three imaginary friends named Reggy, mumble, and twitch they look like normal people and have different personality’s. Some time they get into arguments and fights in side my head(most the time Reggy wins.) some times I join in and get in the argument I never win though. Some time I hurt myself because Reggy tells me to do it. I don’t know if that makes me insane or not im going to describe the three of them

Twitch is a optimistic child and all was has a smile on his face. He lifts me up when I’m down and makes me feel that every thing is going to be ok. And he’s a grate friend to have. He lives with his grandma because he real parents were killed in a car accident.

Mumble is a sad, sad, sad, little boy. He was abused as a small child and doesn’t ever talk he hides his face in a black scarf and hat. The only thing that he show is his deep brown eye and his other eye witch is dark blue. Ive seen his face about a few times and he has a scar on his left cheek.

Reggy is the mean one and he doesn’t mess around. He often tell me to do bad things like to steel or even murder (I never listen)…well a few times. He was bullied a lot because he was a nerd in elementary school and he has a lot of built up rage and takes it out on me and mumble. I some times fight back unlike mumble who jest cries over it. I know he’s not real but he scars me and I think he’s going to kill some one or some thing or hurt mumble or even me.

Reggy is not as bad as him the one that shouldn’t be named. He’s evil and dose evil things and I’m not going to talk about him!

Sometimes I wonder if I have schizophrenia or if my imaginary friend well develop into a split-personality.
Because some of reggy actions come out through me. ( same with mumble and twitch.) but if im crazy I’m crazy not much you can do about that.

Sarah August 31, 2008, 12:43 pm

I can identify with what Pete, Leelee and Lili above are saying.

I have a cast of probably twenty characters in total. I wouldn’t call them imaginary friends. I don’t talk to them myself but usually talk to them as one of them. Six of the characters are ‘central’ characters and I can be any one (or more) of these to interact with the others. Sometimes I crave spending time with them (I went theough a phase once of not being able to go to sleep at night except as one of them) and other times they’re always there (making comments when others are around then, the instant no-one is within ear shot, we speak to each other for real).

I have a good number of real friends, but I’m not very good at being emotionally close to people, so I think maybe the deep relationships that I can have with these people (who, after all, are all really just me) is sort of compensatory.

I do consider them my deepest, darkest secret. Like I say, I’m not good at emotional closeness, so there’s a lot I’d never tell my friends, but I can’t even envisage telling ‘a professional’ about these guys. Maybe being a grown up with imaginary friends is the ultimate taboo?

Lee July 12, 2009, 5:46 am

Wow, I’m commenting nearly a year after the last commenter. Oh well.

I’m a 28 year old female and have had imaginary friends all my life. As a kid, I used to have an imaginary Golden Retriever named “Bud” and a cat named “Stormy” (along with a Pokemon named Pikachu), and as a teenager I had 10 imaginary hamsters.

Now, as an adult, I have 13 friends. 12 are human, 1 is a deer.
My imaginary friends are never present all at once. They come and go depending on my situation and/or mood. The [humans] each have an assigned duty. One helps me cook, another helps me keep up-to-date on worldly news, one helps me keep to my exercise routine, another helps with my finances. I have one who helps me fix things around the house (without needing to call a repairman), another helps me step out of my comfort zone, and one inspires confidence in me. And that’s just naming 7 of the 13.

I can’t imagine life without my imaginary friends. They help, comfort, entertain, communicate, and offer me companionship (I have REAL friends too. 10 very close friends who’re like family and 18 others who I hang out with; mostly at work).

No one knows about my imaginary friends, however. I never speak to them (vocally) unless I know I’m “alone”, otherwise I just speak to them telepathically.

This is my deep, dark secret (and still is since none of you know who I am). I’m naturally an open book, but this is the only secret that will not be spoken of. A lot of people (friends, family, other) would likely assume I suffer mental illness, which I can assure all that I do not. I know what’s real and what’s not. I just like to keep my creations as friends, even whilst knowing they’re fake.

And I must answer the question that Sarah posed (08.31.2008). “Maybe being a grown up with imaginary friends is the ultimate taboo?” I’d say Yes. Definitely. The only place people speak of adults with imaginary friends [without mentioning “illness”] is on the internet (and even that is hard to come by).

Alas! I’ll end here before I write the Great American Novel. Writing this post (and reading other posts) has taken a weight from my shoulders and I feel wonderful!

freya December 6, 2009, 10:06 pm

oh well what an enlightening read. i understand all of you! im 23 and have had imaginary friends all my life. when im on my own (which is often) im contstantly nattering away with them! they have changed over the years, when i was 12 it was sid who was like the mischeivous older brother, tom was an old man, a doctor. then i had an african lady with loads of children, currently i have jenson a lad about my age who hangs out on the sofa. i also have pretty much been terrorized since i was 16 by the image of a girl who always sits in the blind spot, yknow just out of sight. doesnt help my anxiety much. i do suffer manic depression, genereal anxiety, social anxiety and depression so i am certified crazy! and yes..it is one of my deepest secrets. my partner of 5 years has just found out.
ps-cody you should speak to some1 professional
xx

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