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Originally posted by WhiteAlice
Originally posted by Ploutonas
the thing with imaginary friends is modern, at least in my culture WE NEVER HAVE THAT! ... so it has to be something with the western countries and the things u eat... lol
I mean, I am more than 30 y old, how many families I know... countless.. we never had that! Not even in our urban legends. Its different to say that ur kid can see spirit world and different to say that ur kid have an imaginary friend.
edit on 29-4-2013 by Ploutonas because: (no reason given)
Was going to ask you to clarify something about this. I know that in Native American culture, they're not very likely to say that a child has an imaginary friend but instead, that sometimes they are seeing something that adults cannot. Basically, it's one thing for a kid to say "don't step on the vegimals" or think that portals can open to take them to the mac and cheese world but it's considered something else entirely when they are interacting with what would seem to represent a person. The Native American view on such things was a lot more encompassing and accepting of all things paranormal but the rest of the US? A child who is interacting with an invisible person is pure imagination. Don't think it's a matter of food but more a matter of worldview.
That said, when you say children in your country don't have imaginary friends, is it because they are viewed as seeing something spiritual/paranormal or they just don't see anything at all? Thanksedit on 30/4/13 by WhiteAlice because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by JiggyPotamus
With that said, when I was younger I saw a person that no one else could see, and I have heard similar things within my own family with other small children. Plus this seems to be reported by people around the world. It is my opinion that children are more "in tune" or apt to see things like this mainly because they have not been told these things do not exist. That is sort of a poor reason, but it may be part of what is going on.
Originally posted by PRwood
Alright ill bite i'm in my 40's now and could not tell u what I dreampt about last night much less a week or month ago but when I was around 4-5 years old I had an experience on a military base in Yuma AZ that has stuck with me to this day crystal clear meaning I can still see the images in my mind. My parents had just put me to bed and I was looking out a large horizontal window spanning the wall behind my bed I remember it was a stormy night and thinking I could see a face that almost looked like a cloud staring at me, Eventually I laid down and very shortly after felt a tug on my pillow. I remember thinking it was my step brother who came to stay with us sometimes but he was at his moms house in Chino, the tugs on the pillow increased to the point where I grabbed tight and finally it was yanked from my grasp I then remember rolling on my back and watching the pillow fly up and then down as it started beating me, I kicked, punched and screamed at it and it finally flew over to the far left wall and landed on a dresser precisely at the same time my dad came barreling into the room. I spent the rest of the night in my parents room and I remember my dad not being to happy about it. Funny part is I also remember the next day sitting on an outdoor AC unit with a bunch of other kids playing cowboys with our cap gun six shooters the old school ones telling them my story and one of the kids saying I would of shot it.
Originally posted by Indigo5The human brain creates new connections, nuerons, pathways our whole life, but during childhood it happens at a rapid and exponential rate. Our brains literally physically adapt to our envirornment. Essentially we are born with the default setting/wiring and taught what is "real" and how to function in the world. It is possible that the default state we are born with involves pathways of sensory perception that are re-written, re-wired, eliminated as we age to suit the world and society we live in.
Otherwise...I think there is a logical argument and perhaps even a scientific premise beneath children being able to percieve things the typical adult may not.
Originally posted by MaMaa
Originally posted by Malcher
There is another thread on here right now that deals with adult experiences, i dont want to link to it but it was on the first page of recent posts. I found these 2 threads very similar, different enough to warrant separate threads so not saying "already been posted" just that my response is the same.
Could these events be the inability to differentiate between dreams where the subject believes they occur during awake but are actually dreams?
As someone who with intermittent sleep paralysis for 20 years it has helped me to understand how the lines between fantasy and reality can become blurred and even or especially if the duration of the event is only seconds long. The shorter the easier it seems to get confused because it is not as involved as a longer, more drawn out event.
It is also good to study false memories or memory repression, not calling these false memories just a way to better understand how over time real and unreal becomes more of a fine line. I read that this plays a part into statutes of limitations being implemented.
this struck a chord with me because I am always aware of when I am dreaming, except for one time. It is always is the same, but sometimes after I get my kids off to school, I go lay back down for an hour or so. I always set my alarm on my phone.. and inevitably I hit snooze over and over. This always changes my dream and in my dreams I am almost 100% sure that I am awake, so much so that I think I can feel and perceive my body movements no different than when I am awake. Then the alarm will go off again after my 10 minute snooze button hit and I wake up for real and the differences between the dream state and my awake state are so minute that I could hardly tell the difference. sometimes i fall right back asleep and am not even aware that I woke up all the way, I suppose I probably didn't fully awake.
This has always led me to wonder how much of our mind perceives dream states as reality. Now the things I have witnessed as being 'creepy' as some might say have rarely been when I was asleep or even near it.. usually in the middle of the day doing my normal routines and such. So while I believe that part of it can be a mis-perception of a dream state, some is just outright creepy/strange/weird/what have you.. I have come to the conclusion that I simply do not know. There is more out there to know and I just don't know it yet. LOL