Thursday, October 24, 2013

Imaginary friends are good for kids

Children often talk out loud while playing--until about age 7, when they often tone it down.  This private speech improves performance on tasks--they talk their way through hard jobs.

Children with imaginary friends have considerably more "private speech."

There is a study, naturally. See November issue of the J of Experimental Child Psychology.

One hundred forty-eight kids were studied playing--and videotaped. Unintelligible murmurings and whispering were called private speech.

Half of the kids reported having imaginary friends--two-thirds were invisible (and the other one-third?).

Half of the mothers knew about this.

The kids with imaginary friends made twice as many private speech mutterings.

Eighteen of the kids, for what it's worth, including two with imaginary friends, did not mutter a syllable.

Well, as  kid,  I had an imaginary friend named Marble.

Now, I just talk to myself, if you don't count the guy apparently no one else sees in the corner. Hey, I am good company and the dog is a total loss conversationally.

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