How Stuff Works Sheryl ZieglerTypically, psychologists divvy up the broad category of imaginary friends into two groups: invisible pals and personified objects. “It’s a made-up or unreal companion that typically provides comfort or support to a child,” says Dr. Sheryl Gonzalez Ziegler, the founder and managing director of The Child & Family Therapy Center at Lowry in Denver. “When it’s an invisible friend, it’s typically more like, ‘Annie is my pal and she goes everywhere with me and you can’t see her, but I can see her.’ There are also imaginary friends that are personified objects. So, like a teddy bear. The relationship there is usually a more caretaking style, but it doesn’t have to be a doll — it can be anything.” … Read More

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