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Making Up Relationships/Characters in My Head

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Usually before I sleep or after I wake up I make up characters in my head and it’s a whole scenario where it’s me but not me (like this prettier, smarter version of me) and usually another guy who is like my love interest and basically I make a whole love story in my head and it’s something new every day with a timeline and everything. and it lasts for weeks until I suddenly starting daydreaming (idk if you would call it daydreaming) about other things and it becomes a whole cycle.

I was always very loud and extroverted as a child but recently I’ve kind of pushed people away because that’s what they would do to me. so, when I learned that my older sister wasn’t going to play with me like I requested, I became more with myself.

Recently, we moved and isn’t very different for me but I’ve been doing this for months now, so it could be stress?

I just want to know if it’s serious or just some teenage thing because I’m scared to tell someone else because they might think I’m some freak.

Making Up Relationships/Characters in My Head

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It’s a teenage thing. These are not pathological thoughts. All of this sounds very normal—just part of growing up.

But I really like the fact you are thinking about yourself and what is normal and what isn’t. This is a very good trait to cultivate. I’m glad you asked your question.

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

Making Up Relationships/Characters in My Head

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: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Making Up Relationships/Characters in My Head. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 22, 2019, from
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