How to avoid loneliness by creating an imaginary friend

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Duh, says every 5 year old ever.

But seriously, maybe we should create structures in society that don’t marginalize people in the first place, but is inclusive? Coping strategies are great, but aren’t a replacement for a society that ensures all of us have the support we need.

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If I didn’t have a dog, I’m pretty sure I’d have rebuilt a home for Frasboe in the tiny crack between the stove and the counter. As an adult with a engineering background, maybe I’d have figured out how a 4-foot-tall cardinal (the bird, not the human religious figure) was able to fit in there.

Reflecting upon what I just wrote, I’m pretty sure the dog has been better for my sanity this past year…

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I’d definitely be concerned if I had a 4ft tall catholic Cardinal living in the crack next to my stove.

If I had one of the St Louis Cardinals living in the crack though, I’d go out and play ball more often I would hope…

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Just don’t create more than one or else they’ll conspire against you for sure.

(furthermore, i feel as much like i did yesterday as I do today)

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Tulpa is actually my girlfriend’s name.

She lives in Canada, though. You wouldn’t know her.

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For me, it’s you.

and I’m grateful

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Yeah, I’ve got a cat. More of a non-imaginary frenemy some days…
:pouting_cat:

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I’ve become my own imaginary friend, in a way, in my journaling practice. I find it has been immensely helpful for my mental health.

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I can imagine her, though.

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“I was the kid next door’s imaginary friend.”

(Emo Philips)

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I have a cat and we provide each other with company. He’s an indoor cat and chooses to spend most of his time in the same room as me, wherever I am in the house.

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How to avoid loneliness by creating an imaginary friend

Or you could pay someone to provide company:

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