Talk:Imaginary friend

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That's rather harsh, Toast. Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 03:16, 9 February 2009 (EST)

But true? ToastToastand marmite 03:28, 9 February 2009 (EST)
Hey a new article! I wanted to add a line about how kids and adults converse on a regular basis with their imaginary friends, but I'm not sure about one point: Do people who pray think god talks back to them? Afaik, prayer is usually oneway, and the "answer" is that god considers their words and does what he sees fit (kind of rude and selfish come to think of it, like they need to remind this omnicognent being about their own problems), but I'm not sure. With children it's certainly two-way, so there might be an odd distinction. --GTac 03:18, 9 February 2009 (EST)
It's only when you've really flipped that you hear your (adult) imaginary friend talking back to you. ToastToastand marmite 03:28, 9 February 2009 (EST)
My brother heard God talk back to him. And he can't be described in any way as being "flipped". Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 03:40, 9 February 2009 (EST)
Sorry to hear that, RA. ToastToastand marmite 03:52, 9 February 2009 (EST)
Got any details on it? Just curious, did he actually hear words or just "felt" what was the answer (if that makes sense) --GTac 03:59, 9 February 2009 (EST)
I first learned about it reading this post by him. For more I'd have to ask him. Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 04:28, 9 February 2009 (EST)

'There are two sorts of people who hear voices - those who get taken away by persons in white coats, and those who are authors.'

'If you hear voices, start worrying when you begin to lose the argument.'

Politicians also have imaginary friends - the voters and the people whom the politicians think are going to buy their books.— Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs


Maybe it's just my mood, so I'm not going to change anything and see what the Mob thinks, but I have issues with the total atheist point of view about the "adult imaginary friends". It just seems mean spirited, and severs no purpose but making fun of believers. Pink mowse.pngGodotoi, putain, genial, merci 19:33, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

Resounding "meh". ChristopherS (talk) 19:34, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
I know, it's just that it's kinda true... Scarlet A.pngtheist 19:48, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
Richard Dawkins has used the imaginary friend motif quite a lot in TGD etc. & it's a pretty common meme within online atheist communities, either as a serious analogy or as a taunt. So it should at least be mentioned. WēāŝēīōīďWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 20:40, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
I fully agree it should be mentioned. my only issue was the specific way we talk about "imaginary friends" with adults, as if it's a mental illness or a very strange and unusual thing. And again, it could just be mood. :-) Pink mowse.pngGodotoi, putain, genial, merci 20:46, 7 March 2012 (UTC)