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Benefits of fantasy friends

Children who have fantasy friends are more socially aware. They can put themselves in other people's shoes better than peers who don't have imaginary friends.

Children with imaginary friends tend to talk more about personalities than visual clues when describing real friends, suggesting that they focus more on the minds of others than their looks. Children with invisible playmates are also more creative than others.

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In the early 19th century, psychologists feared that imaginary friends could be a sign of emotional unstability or psychological problems in children.

Parents often wonder how they should approach their children's imaginary friend.

Studies found that 65% of children play with invisible playmates. Children typically start inventing imaginary friends at age three to five.

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