Imaginary Friends - Parker,CO

Updated on August 23, 2011
C.T. asks from Parker, CO
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okay, I concede that maybe the Ghost Hunters marathon I watched the other day was a lousy idea . . . but , , , I'm a little wigged out because my 5yo son has been talking to me about what I would call "imaginary friends". They play at different time through the day and sometimes at night. Their names are "nothing" and "nobody" He brings them up every once in a while - I'll ask him where he heard about something or learned a new "word" and he'll just say "nothing" told me or "nobody" said he shouldnt tell. I ask him to describe them to me, if they looked like people. He said "Nobody" was brown and "Nothing" was gray like smoke.


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thanks everyone! My son is a happy kid and no problems with bedtime or nightmares, thank goodness. I wonder if part of it stems from some trouble communicating due to a language processing disorder. I havent heard much in the last couple of weeks about these particular "friends" - now my son is talking about his friend "stick-guy" that he makes with his fingers. He does have an uncanny sense about the spiritual world, though.

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answers from Denver on

I had to smile when I read this. I am a huge fan of Ghost Hunters and had a moment of panic when my daughter started having conversations with Mimi at age 3. In the end Mimi and soon, Hand were her imaginary friends. Its normal for a lot of kids to have them so I wouldn't worry too much. That being said I had a family of ghosts watching out for me, but they came into being after I had a strange experience at 5. To this day I will swear that my Grandma came to help me when I was scared. So while Girl Ghost was very real to me the rest of the family was imaginary.
Just keep an eye out for him. If he starts having a lot of nightmares or saying/doing things way out of the norm, you might want to question him a bit more. If he is in school he may be hearing stuff from other kids and doesn't want to get them in trouble. Imaginary friends are good to try new things with or deal with new situations. This isn't unusual for kids, so just take it in stride and see if anything develops. Best of wishes.

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answers from Des Moines on

I thought "Nobody" and "Not ME" lived at everybodys house?

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answers from Chicago on

Not weird, only weird if you define it to be as such.

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answers from Dallas on

I don't have any experience with this but I wouldn't worry too much about it. I heard it is a sign of high intelligence to have imaginary friends!

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answers from Detroit on

Kinda reminds me of the Family Circle cartoons where things are blamed on a little ghost-like character called "Not Me".

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answers from Dallas on

Imaginary friends are very healthy, and like Avasmom said, it is a sign of intelligence. I think the weird part for you is you are tying it in with Ghost Hunters (hehe).

It's totally normal and very good!

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answers from Pittsfield on

Yeah, I'd be wigged out too. Love Ghost Hunters though :)

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answers from Hartford on

I wouldn't be "wigged out." It sounds like normal imaginary friend play. Not ghosts.



answers from Denver on

Is he an only child or does he have much older siblings? It's common. I was an only child for 6 years and had 3 imaginary friends, Kiki, Piney and Suzy. :) Once my brother was born and could play with me they went away. Totally normal!



answers from Albuquerque on

My girls have an imaginary friend named Chooba. She's sometimes a girl, sometimes a boy, and sometimes a ghost. And they tell me the weirdest things about "pretend life", like that they used to live in ancient Egypt or that they had children and can tell me all about what they used to do. So odd and freaky, but I guess it's typical for the age.



answers from Denver on

A lot of kids have imaginary friends, so that is really not a concern. The only thing you need to really pay attention to is if he begins to have bad thoughts or say bad things. Then you really need to find out the source of his imaginary friends. I would go into a long story of what went on with one of my sons but I am sure it would seem hokey. So my best advice it so just use your gut instincts and pay attention. You will know if this cause for more concern.

Good luck



answers from Denver on

Google the term "Crystal child". If your child fits the majority of the description then I can help you make sense of what is happening. Incidentally, my son (who is 7) can "see" things that others cannot....auras (the colors around people), things he calls angels and ghosts, etc. So I am intimately connected with what you are going through. Happy to help you understand if you feel like I can help.


answers from San Francisco on

My sister had imaginary friends when we were little. It's totally normal.



answers from Kansas City on

I had an imaginary friend growing up. He was a Thundercat.

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