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I Don’t Know if I’m Mixing Up My Realities and if It Needs to Stop

Sometimes I pretend that I know people like celebrities or people I idolize. It’s more of like I act like I’m their friend and they’re my friends. I usually do this in private when I’m alone, it’s like I’m trying to entertain myself or distract myself. I act like maybe I’m on video with them and whenever I watch different videos on my phone they’re reacting to it with me. This had first started maybe two or three years back and I can’t seem to stop it. Whenever I’m around people I obviously don’t act this way and I get snapped out of it. I don’t know how to stop this, if it should stop, or if I just have an active imagination.

I Don’t Know if I’m Mixing Up My Realities and if It Needs to Stop

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Don’t be too hard on yourself. You can control your imagination because you know not to do it around others. For now let’s leave it as an active imagination. If you are concerned that it is happening too much, make an effort to be around others more often. This will slow it down and also lets you know you have control over it.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

I Don’t Know if I’m Mixing Up My Realities and if It Needs to Stop

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

APA Reference
Tomasulo, D. (2018). I Don’t Know if I’m Mixing Up My Realities and if It Needs to Stop. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 20, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2018/01/24/i-dont-know-if-im-mixing-up-my-realities-and-if-it-needs-to-stop/

 

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