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IMAGINATION, PERSONALITY, AND IMAGINARY COMPANIONS

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Abstract:

A sample of 102 college women completed a set of imagination and personality measures and reported whether they had ever had imaginary companions during childhood. Participants who reported imaginary companions scored higher than did those who did not on measures of imagination including imagery use, hostile daydreams, and vivid night dreams, and on personality scales including dependent interpersonal styles and internal-state awareness. Participant groups did not differ significantly on shyness, other interpersonal styles, or measures of self-concept. Comparison of these results with research on children and adolescents with imaginary companions suggests a coherent developmental pattern in social orientation characterized by sensitivity and accommodation to others' needs.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2003.31.7.721

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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