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Imaginary Friends

Dear Dish-It,

I have an imaginary group of mates, but there's no good Google links for it. Please could you help me? Thanks!
ellie


Dear ellie,

I'm not 100% sure what kind of Google links you were looking for about imaginary friends, but I'll do my best to answer your question. Back when your parents were growing up, psychologists thought that kids who had imaginary friends were at risk of becoming anti-social adults. But, in recent years, studies have changed their minds and it's been discovered that nearly 65% of kids under the age of seven have had an imaginary friend. It is now believed that imaginary friends help kids develop important social and communication skills.

This being said, most imaginary friends seem to disappear for kids seven and older. Do you have regular friends at school or from extra-curricular activities or are your imaginary friends the only people you socialize with? Only having imaginary friends means you aren't learning how to interact with other people properly and that is a problem that you may want to discuss with a school counselor or psychologist. Imaginary friends do indicate that you have a very vivid imagination and maybe you can start chronicling your interaction with them in stories. Writing down your experiences will help you to put things in perspective and keep a grasp on what's real and what's not.

So, ya gotta burnin' question? Need some love directions? Thinkin' 'bout stuff like depression, sex,how ya feel 'bout YOURSELF (that's called "self-esteem"), boyfriends, girlfriends, losin' old friends, bullyin' or peer pressure, but too scared to ask the parents? Don't be scared to .

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_Anajay_

_Anajay_ wrote:

mines are imaginary unicorns xD
commented: Fri Aug 29, 2014

jaymir2cool14

jaymir2cool14 wrote:

do spirits count?
commented: Fri Aug 29, 2014

lonnie123

lonnie123 wrote:

Mines are imaginary friends lol
commented: Fri Aug 29, 2014

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ILMDGRL
ILMDGRL posted in Friends:
I think the title is fairly self explanatory. I don't know how to explain self harm scars and cuts to my friends (don't even get me started on my father) without having them completely freak out on me or think I'm a total basket case. I can't hide most the scars and cuts given their placement. I'd also like to know how to explain it to a friend's parent bc I know that will be a problem too. - (Note: I'm not insane. Just have been a tough time lately and I snapped under too much pressure. I'm not a danger to myself anymore. End of story.) - I don't like to go into detail when discussing my self harm and why I did it, but I know my friends are very inquisitive like their parents. I just want to know how to ride out the conversation and would appreciate any help in the matter. Thanks!
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smurfetblue
smurfetblue posted in Friends:
i sorry to hear abou that, i get bullied also and i know how that feels when no one talk to you or helps you...hope things get better for you
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jordand08
jordand08 posted in Friends:
"AlphaT" wrote:I have thought a lot on suicide...and people in my family have attempted to do so....And I can say with all certainty, it is stupid. But you're not in your right mind when you make that decision, or even think about it seriously.Bullying can lead to suicide, but I urge everyone thinking about it to also think of the good in their life. Exactly, because, I promise, life gets better. Even when it seems like it's not, it does, in the darkest part of your life, you'll find the hope that you lost. 
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AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Friends:
I have thought a lot on suicide...and people in my family have attempted to do so.... And I can say with all certainty, it is stupid. But you're not in your right mind when you make that decision, or even think about it seriously. Bullying can lead to suicide, but I urge everyone thinking about it to also think of the good in their life.
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jordand08
jordand08 posted in Friends:
"hugebear" wrote:This is awesome advise Jordan :)I hates it when I see anyone getting bullied and will always stand beside them against bullies.Suicide is not the answer to problems even if the person feels like its the only way to stop it.I agrees with you.. TALK TO SOMEONE... it really helps to understand and get the emotions out and get help.[Jordan I hopes you doesnt mind but I moved to the Dear Dish It and done the sticky toffee :angel] It's okay Huge, I didn't know which one to put it on, because I knew you'd move it if I got it wrong, but thank you. (:
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