Is it normal? i have imaginary friends...they are celebrities

I have had this weird thing about having imaginary friends. When I was growing up, my imaginary friends were cartoon characters like the Powerpuff Girls. Sometimes I would even pretend I was Ms. Keen's assistant teacher.

I am 19 now, and I started having celebrity " imaginary friends a few years ago. Most are males. They include people from my favorite tv shows or reality shows. Examples would be Adam Lambert, Ryan Seacrest, the guys from Ghost Adventures, the cast of Paranormal State, Ghost Hunters, and Most Haunted. Hannah Montana and M*A*S*H* are two of the main ones. Other imaginary friends include every day people which is even weirder. I even have the royal couple over to play the Wii with me!

It depends on what mood I'm in as to which "friend" I'm having over that day/night. If I'm feeling sad, I'll pretend that Zak Bagans from Ghost Adventures is with me. Whoever it is, I have full on conversations and sometimes I swear I hear them talk back physically.

Does anybody do that or have you done it? Please tell me I'm not psycho!

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  • I'm 21 and I still have imaginary friends. When I was a kid they were all anime/cartoon characters.

    But for the past 2 years I've had a set of imaginary friends who are all from live-action movies. They include Alice and the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland (2010), Sweeney Todd* and Mrs. Lovett* from Sweeney Todd, Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Edward Scissorhands. (*My imaginary versions of Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett aren't murderers or cannibals.)

    I have conversations with my imaginary friends pretty much every night, or anytime I'm by myself. I also imagine that they're with me wherever I go. I have other imaginary friends who come and go, but I'm nowhere near as attached to them as I am to my 6 main ones.

    I don't think I'll ever stop having imaginary friends, but that doesn't bother me at all. They may not be able to truly love me like a real person would, but at least they can't hurt me like real people could.

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    • that last paragraph-very well said

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    • I legit do the same thing with my favorite band haha. Its just nice to know someoen is there even if they really aren't

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    • Hey I'll be your friend. When I was about 23, I lost the plot and thought everyone could read my mind, and I could talk to them in my head. It got so bad that everything on tv and the radio was talking to me. Ok this stemmed from smoking too many drugs, but the experience was very rea and very scary for me. Eventually I decided it was an aspect of me talking back to myself, something that had seperated from me and become it's own entity. To this day, I still believe it's there, even though it has gone quiet.
      As to whether your problem is normal (if it even is a problem), what is normal? If it keeps you happy, don't worry about it. I found myself happy by talking back to the voices.
      I mean have you seen " A Beautiful Mind?" It's about a guy who had imaginary friends, and he was a genius!
      But just because you have imaginary friends, doesn't mean you can't have real ones. I mean for example, I find you really interesting, and I only like interesting people...everyone else is boring and just blend in.
      Anyway, hope this makes you feel a bit more "normal"

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  • I've read something similar to this before so you are not alone.

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  • i think you might have issues, you need to find real friends

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    • because of people like you, i dont have real friends

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      • what do you mean by people like me? you asked a question and i gave you my honest opinion, i don't think its healthy to make up friends rather than go out and find real ones who can actually be there for you and support you through things. i might of been blunt about it i but wasn't trying to be nasty or any thing, there are plenty of people out there completely different to me so i fail to see how attitudes like mine stops you having friends. people are going to say and do things you don't like, its something we all have to deal with and something you need to get over if you want to go out in the world and find people you want to be friends with.

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        • well, how can i make friends if people tell me i have issues? i dont think people quite get that some people like me don't make friends easily, so i make my own. friends that WONT hurt me or backstab me, are ALWAYS there, and a constant support system

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          • its ok to have issues every one has at least one, there are people out there who can be very understanding and help you through them. close(true) friends are very hard to come by for most people so dont think your not normal for struggling with finding some, i have a few friends but only 1 or two really close ones i can share anything with and are always there for me. it sounds like youve been hurt before but you cant let this stop you going out and trying again, maybe keep the imaginary friends thing to your self unless you really feel the need to share then make sure u can trust the person, try waiting until they share something secret with you first, that way u have leverage and they wont make fun. just keep trying and you will find good friends, the world is full of good, honest and decent people its just a case of getting out there and finding them.

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            • i would try but since i dont have a way to "get out there", i can't...if theres a way to Private Message on here, you can message me for more details if you'd like

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  • I FEEL YOU, because im just like you. I have 'imaginary' friends since i was a little girl. My first ones were three people (or entities or something) one male and two females. As i got older, those two female entities were gone, but the male one remained with me. Then when i finally able to get rid of him, i got myself a female one, her name is Michelle. she is a teenager from the 50s or 60s, with a medium length blonde hair and a colourful yellow dress. She is my best friend and always by my side whenever i need her or not. Recently i also got myself an 'imaginary' boyfriend. He is gerran howell, the actor, but i call him vlad or vladimir. he never touches me but we talk a lot and he makes me feel safe and loved, which are the most important things in any relationship, even the 'unreal' one.

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  • Hiya,

    It's probably not. I write stories & I even wrote a song for one of mine. Most of my friends seem to prefer fantasy too. Real life is mostly boring. I'm lucky in a strange way because I can almost get away with it – nobody seems to avoid me, quite the opposite in fact. I'd know whether I needed sectioning or not.

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  • I've always had celebrity imaginary friends as well. I still do. I have one that's constantly with me. I don't know if it's normal, and at this point, I really don't care. It's normal for me (I've been like this my whole life). While the imaginary friend might change depending on my interests, they have always been there with me through everything. I know fantasy from reality and have plenty of real friends, don't get me wrong. For me, I think it started as a way to help me cope through all the bad times in my life. It started as a kid shortly after I was molested by my best friend's step father. I was about 8 and since then, I've had a constant imaginary friend.

    My current one keeps me calm, keeps me from going too far off the deep end (I've severely bipolar) and is sometimes that voice of reason or my conscience when I can't seem to do it myself.

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  • Hiya,

    I am physically disabled. I’d be stuck without my imagination. I’ve been in care facilities where few can talk, because there’s not enough help in places where people are more able and lively. In the worst cases people just make noises and don’t leave their rooms. I hate it but these places are necessary.

    I’ve thought certain musicians are brilliant and they’ve all become something similar. If they didn’t or haven’t, well, then they weren’t important enough to me. I’ll make a story up where one of them takes a young girl to the Wood of Woe – that’s if I’m having an off day -- and sings her (me) a song, then she is fine – and so am I.
    How daft am I??

    A fictional character got me through the worst time of my life. He says sensible things that people might say in real life. I even wrote a song for him because I love him so much. It's not so bad because I didn't make him up from my own mind and don't talk to him. Close family know and they say it's fine as long as I know fantasy from reality – but I do get teased that I don’t! (I do, though....)

    There must be some reason why you’re doing this, but I don’t think it’s a problem. If you know it's not real and it keeps you happy, why not carry on ??

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  • i would suggest using the infatuation to write fanfics and then try developing your own characters

    and sure, real people don't work the same way. when they're all in your head they only do what you tell them to. but then they also never surprise you or really try to satisfy you either

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    • I love writing fanfictions, especially if a "conversation" i have with them inspires me for a setting or something. =P

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  • I don't think you're crazy, but it sounds like you're lonely. Do you have real friends who you can hang out with or talk to? Just wondering.

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