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Imaginary Friends Help Kids Develop

Nicole Cardoza

Children who keep imaginary friends eventually develop better internalized thinking, which separately has been found to help children do better with cognitive tasks like planning and puzzle solving. Imaginary friends compelled children to talk to themselves more than they otherwise would. Eventually, around age seven, children begin to convert that chatter into private thought, which is what helps them handle complex thinking.

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  • Ben Goldhirsh

    I love seeing this, Nicole. Thanks. Kind of makes total sense once you get by the being concerned stage.

    • Nicole Cardoza

      Definitely. I had a student with an imaginary friend, Bernie, that would come to class once in a while. I thought it was important he had his own yoga mat and was involved (with the student speaking for him of course, Bernie is a bit shy). Not only was the student more attentive and participatory during class, all the other students played along and were really supportive. For 1st graders, I thought it was all very mature.