Q. How to deal with a habit of imagining myself in different scenarios?

Answered by
Dr. Vandana Patidar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 05, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am 29 years old, and I cannot stop imagining myself in different scenarios, acting in such scenarios, and conversing with people who are not there. It is not as if I hallucinate and see people. I pose as all the characters and speak all their dialogues. These characters are mostly from the TV shows and movies I watch or the books I read. Sometimes, I also invent characters related to those in TV shows and movies. Mostly, I automatically slip into various characters and enact a storyline that gradually unfolds with each dialogue. I have always been doing this as far as I remember, and this is such a big part of my life now, and I cannot stop it, and I am worried if it will ever stop. I want to live my life just being myself, but part of me also enjoys the freedom these imaginary excursions give me. I would appreciate your understanding of my situation and telling me what makes me behave this way.



Welcome to

I read your query and can understand your concern. As you said, it gives you freedom. Every one of us imagines things and creates a virtual world in our imagination. Doing so gives us some sort of relief from the day-to-day hassles and stress of real life. We can mold imagined characters at our convenience, which is not the case with reality. So it is a type of coping, but too much imagination cripples us and distracts us from the real world and its challenges.

You set a goal, define a timeline, work for your target, do positive self-talk, and motivate yourself. Apart from this, there seems to be nothing abnormal with you, so do not worry.

I hope this helps.

Thank you and take care.

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