Home » Ask the Therapist » Make Up Characters in My Head and Act Them Out

Make Up Characters in My Head and Act Them Out

Asked by on with 1 answer:

I have this issue since I was 9yrs old. When I was 9, I JUST used to make these characters in my head whenever i heard music and then make up a whole story in my head with music in the background. The music just had to be related to a story for e.g a story about a powerful queen story then the song “That’s my girl” But I used to this only when I heard the music. I didn’t do them by purpose. But when I turned 13, I started to “act them out” as well. I used to do this a lot more than before (I’d spent hours). I turned on music by purpose and then do it and I still do it now. I get inspired to do these stories when I see a movie or read another story. And I THINK music isn’t the main cause of this….it happens even without music. I hate it because it wastes my time and stops me from studying. I can only control not to do this for only 1 day and then I start to do it again. My question: Can I stop this? If yes, then how? if no, then how can I at least reduce it up to just 2 hours? Is music the cause or is it natural? (From Pakistan)

Make Up Characters in My Head and Act Them Out

Answered by on -


I love the power of your mind and the creativity that seems to spontaneously rise up from inside. The key to cultivating this type of creative response is to nurture it and discipline it. Setting boundaries is important. You do not want to give up what you love—but you do not want to let it be intrusive. Do your homework and let the creativity be the reward. Limit the time with a timer and be certain there is enough time left to do your homework well.

High school is tough because you have a lot to balance. But the discipling you can bring to yourself, your self-control, will serve you very well in the future.

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

Make Up Characters in My Head and Act Them Out

Therapists live, online right now, from BetterHelp:

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.

APA Reference
Tomasulo, D. (2019). Make Up Characters in My Head and Act Them Out. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 27, 2020, from
Scientifically Reviewed
Last updated: 21 Apr 2019 (Originally: 23 Apr 2019)
Last reviewed: By a member of our scientific advisory board on 21 Apr 2019
Published on Psych All rights reserved.