A lot of people developed imaginary friends during childhood. You might have even had your own set of friends that you used to play with at the comfort of your own room. Your parents may have been worried about this at first, but they would later realize that it is merely a phase that most children go through. After all, developing a wild imagination at an early age is just normal, right?
But what if there is another side to these imaginary friends? A side that leads to a dark and sinister turn toward the unknown, something that even experts cannot seem to wrap their heads around. So are all imaginary friends a figment of innocent childhood fantasy or are they proof of a world not like our own?
Imaginary Friends or Demonic Entities?
According to psychologists, the prefrontal cortex and medial temporal lobe begins picking up signals at eighteen months of age. This is the area of the brain that is responsible for abstract thinking and is where children begin to develop their imagination. Because of this rapid development, the mind starts to perceive things that are not exactly there, leading to the so-called pretend play that most kids perceive as reality. According to experts, eldest and only children are most likely to invent them and should have no psychiatric impact.
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“When my daughter was three, she had an imaginary friend named Kelly who lived in her closet. Kelly sat in a little rocking chair while she slept, played with her, etc. Typical imaginary friend shit. Anyway, fast-forward two years later, the wife and I are watching the new Amityville (the one with Ryan Reynolds) and our daughter walks out right when dead girl goes all black-eyed. Far from being disturbed, she said, ‘That looks like Kelly.’ ‘Kelly who?’ we say. ‘You know the dead girl that lived in my closet.’”
Those who study the paranormal have noted that parents should be vigilant when it comes to imaginary friends as a fraction of them are entities from another dimension. Here are a few warning signs gathered from paranormal blogs that indicate that your child’s “companion” is not exactly as they seem.
- The child gets bossed around. If your child keeps making up rules that are harming them or others [e.g., “My (insert imaginary friend’s name) told me not to hurt her”], then this could be a warning sign.
- Your child is out of character. Do they stop enjoying their favorite meals or pastimes? Do they feel fearful of an unknown entity? Although there are other underlying reasons, a paranormal entity could be around.
- Their precise knowledge on time and events seems far too coincidental. When the child uses words or has knowledge on things or periods that are strangely accurate, that could be a sign that they are communicating with something out of this world.
Now before you jump into conclusions, it is important to take note of other factors that could be affecting your child’s imagination. In a time where mature content on the Internet and television is prevalent, it is easy for a young mind to be influenced by them. So before you resort to drastic measures, make sure you get to the bottom of things by having a no-holds-barred conversation with your child.