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Your child's imaginary friend is a good thing

Your child's imaginary friend is a good thing

Fiction has not been kind to children's imaginary friends. In films such as "The Shining," based on the book by Stephen King, and the current ABC TV series "The Whispers," adapted from "Zero Hour," a short story by Ray Bradbury, these invisible companions are frightening. This view, however, does not reflect the results of research on these pretend playmates. "In the movies imaginary companions tend to make the child do something bad, or they are a symptom that the child is disturbed or has some sort of mental illness, and that contributes to their negative stereotype, but in reality imaginary friends are positive," said Marjorie Taylor,...

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