How to stop imagining fake scenarios in my mind?

Q. What can be done to come out of virtual world and stop imagining things?

Answered by
Dr. Vandana Patidar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 13, 2023

Hello doctor,

I do not know why but I make a virtual world for myself. I always fake things about myself, tell untrue stories. When I remember people, like my ex-boyfriend, I imagine a conversation between me and him that had never happened and I feel happy. I keep imagining all that I wanted to do but have never done. I talk to people in my mind. I meet them, I see them, I laugh and cry in my mind. I am tired of imagining and failing in everything in real life. I even sometimes imagine the conversations with dead people.



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People use imagination as a defense or escape from reality. Some degree of imagination is alright because it makes us imagine a goal, feeling of happiness, if achieved, hence motivate a person for a target or goal but the use of excessive imagination can lead to wastage of time and serve as a distraction from your real life goals. You can reduce this by giving some aversive stimulation to yourself like a tire rubber band in the hand bullet as much as possible so that you feel pain when you will stop doing this. Set a goal in real life and be passionate about it. Try to achieve it at any cost. If you still find it hard to overcome, then I would advise you to consult a local psychiatrist.

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