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I daydream a lot about being someone else and even make up little stories in my head, It used to keep me entertained for hours when I was little. I would even act out scenes from my mind like a emotional situation, or being scared when I was in my room alone. I think that entertained me more than playing with toys. I guess i'm a little weird lol I never actually pretended to be someone else in real life, It's just a way to escape boredom and pretend I'm someone else or have a different and more exciting life from my own.
GeminiAngel GeminiAngel 26-30, F 50 Responses Oct 28, 2011

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I am so glad I found this I thought something was wrong with me! If I watch a tv show, film or read a book I pretend I am part of that fictional world. I call them games, I use to play games in my mind and pretend I was dating a celebrity or I was a fictional characters long lost twin! I'm glad I found other people I can relate to!

I have been doing this as long as I can remember. I used to act (In real plays) and go to acting classes, and one day, during a mock audition, I was asked why I wanted to be an actress. I said "because I think it's fun to be another person". My mom told me I had to come up with a better reason. Ever since then I felt ashamed of the fact that I loved taking on the role of a completely new person. I used to make up happy scenarios with lots of interesting pieces to the stories, but I've gone through different phases. For example in high school, I imagined having to tell my teacher that I was pregnant or that I've come to school high or drunk. Neither of which have ever happened to me. It got really bad to the point I would play a game for a whole year where I would try to see if the teacher would notice my 'sadness'. One teacher did and called my mom, and I learned to never fake that again.
Recently I've started to actually bring these roles into my real life but I only use my fake persona for things like my Starbucks name, or when I meet someone that I don't think I'll ever talk to again.
Now I can't even go to bed without making up a scenario in my head and hoping I'll dream about it. I spend hours just sitting there thinking of the perfect scenario before I can finally fall asleep.

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oh thank god I'm not alone. i used to cry because i thought there was something wrong with me! well I'm glad I'm not alone.

Wow I'm glad I found this page! I was beginning to think I had a mental illness and was searching for answers on what could be my possible problem! I'm glad I'm not alone. I'm 15 and have been "daydreaming" and making up scenarios for as long as I can remember. I do it everytime I finish a movie,tv show or book. I pretend like I'm the characters and act out their scenarios (when I'm alone). I also tend to picture myself in certain situations and act them out. Maybe it's because I'm lonely or maybe I just constantly daydream anytime I get the chance. If there's a specific name for this I'd love to know what it is!

I feel ya :/

Its called "Maladaptive Daydreaming" by professionals.

I have it too. I create my own story or I make spin off's of other books/Tv shows and I sit for hours just daydreaming. I feel ya.

I always create a character after watching a movie/serie or reading a book and then imagine the character's story and scenes and act alone in my bedroom . I also always think in english(I'm portuguese) because everything sounds better in english in my mind. Recently I started reading "The Maias" for portuguese class and I'm loving it so much that I wish I lived in 19th century. I get super depressed and I barely talk to people. When I read it I feel warm inside, I feel something nice in my heart, I feel I belong there. I even started saving pictures of 19th century people so I could draw some characters of "the Maias" and then draw myself and all my outfits because it helps me picturing everything. I have anxiety problems, I'm really insecure about myself, I have an awful relationship with my mother and other problems too... I live in melancholy and I'm scared because doing this actually helps me a lot but I stoped participating in life. it's amazing because it's really easy for me to write ,do amazing paintings and act and I forget about all my problems, but I started finding life boring, crying everyday and thinking about suicide.

I do that all the time. Happy to know im not the only on

I totally know what you are talking about, sometimes i do myself when i am at home by myself or if i'm board and need something to do. I used to think that something was wrong with me.....!!!!!!

I've been doing this since I was about 10 years old. (I'm 19 now, and I'm a girl) At first it was just daydreaming in school. I was mainly thinking about how I would react if certain situations would happen. Then, gradually, when i was alone in my bedroom, I would start pretending to be the main character of a movie. Acting out scenes. At one point, I was the karate kid.
Today, I mainly take characters form a bunch of different movies and tv shows and have imaginary adventures.

I've been doing this since I was a kid,i'm 50 years old now that's the good part of life,your imagination

I do this too! i thought i was really odd and i didn't think anyone else did it :/ i do it everyday as a coping technique but after i think i shouldn't be doing this as its not normal. i don't know what it is you would call it :/ when im alone i pretend to be in certain situations like pretending im in a boarding school or something and deal with situations which would not happen. i think it gives a sense of not being lonely as you feel like there are people there for you in your head. but i don't really know. i wish i knew why and what it is. :/ at lest im not alone! :)

I use it as a coping technique too. I get really bad panic attacks so if I ever start to feel overwhelmed I just pretend I'm somewhere or someone I'm not. In my head I can have all the strength I need. :)

I do the same except I find photos on the internet and name them as if they were my siblings. I create fake families.

Omg I thought I was the only one!!!!

Oh my gosh! Reading all these comments makes me feel so better. I started daydreaming about being someone else after I read Harry Potter books when I was 11. Now, I'm 15 and I still daydream about being a character in place of Harry with all kinds of spin offs I get from reading books and watching movies. I'm so addicted to it. I wish that I would stop. I'm ruining my life since I waste a lot of time, and I just want to stop and live MY life.

Do the exact same thing. . . read the harry potter series more times than you want to know lol

I do this all the time, I've been doing it since I was a little girl. I am embarrassed about it...I used to think I was the only one who did it up until a few years ago when I basically googled it and I read like one story about someone who does that and well today..I'm reading about some others...I do it daily, constantly and I wish I could stop but it is almost like a coping mechanism... sigh

I do this almost every night, except I watch a movie or tv show and try to make up a character for myself and put myself in the plot with disrupting it to much, makes me feel like I was actually part of the show

I do the exact same thing! Glad I'm not the only one :)

Omg... I do the same exact thing ! Especially when it's one of my favorite shows. Once I placed my self in the show, my mind goes crazy with different scenarios like who my love interest would be, the type of character I would play, how I would even get in the show... Most times, it keeps me up at night "sigh" lol. I'm kinda grateful for it though. I know I would be one bad-*** actress/ or director lol

I'm 18 years old and I was raised up in a great family lifestyle. I'm so relieved to read that other people are experiencing something similar to what I'm experiencing. However, I find it problematic since this is what I do all the time when I'm bored. its becoming more constant. it becomes difficult for me to focus on my uni study because this is all I do. I have never told anyone. I usually close my bedroom door and act out or imagine a scenario that I wish I could have been real for me. This can go on for hours. I also don't know if this is a result of me unsure of what career I want to take, which I find very important to me. I'm Lost. I am also starting to feel as if this is what is making me more withdrawn/anti social with other people. I tend to avoid people uni, its very difficult to focus as well because I always wonder what other people are thinking about me. I thought it would be anxiety, but I am not sure if that really counts. HELP!!

I am so happy you all do this too! haha(; i do this every single day, most of the day. I imagine a made up girl who is everything i wish i was. I even have like made up friends and family, and i feel bad cause i love the ones i have for real.

And yeahh i make up these scenarios in my head, and if i leave a scenario for awhile I will come back to it later. its like a made up life, but i can see it so clearly in my head and i can get into it really easy now after all this practice.

i feel bad about it sometimes cause i feel like i should be living my real life instead of living in this imaginary one all the time. sighhhhh

you're right, it happens with me all the time and it gets very frustrating... its like i want to go on daydreaming because i project myself as an awesome person in my day dreams... its hard to explain..

its not like im really under confident or anything i just dont cant seem to control it

I do this too! I thought there was something wrong with me that I was the only person that did this. This makes me feel a lot better!

This is so reassuring! I do this all the time, I even have a whole different family made up in my mind, i thought it was weird and have never told anyone about it but I found this page so now I dont feel like such an idiot.

Okay so I'm so happy I found this page. I do this too. Exept, with me it's characters from shows or movies I pretend to be. The one I've been doing a lot now is Glee. I also do Jane and the Dragon, and Total Drama Island. I pick my favorite couple or character (Kurt and Blaine from Glee for an example) and I'll have them go through a emotional situation. In a way it helps me with stress. If I'm upset or something I'll pretend the characters are going through the same thing. I do this ALL THE TIME 24/7 ever since I can remember. I love it though because it helps with my fanfiction! <3

^^ I used to do this too

I thought I was the only person who did this too. I've been doing this since middle school probably and now I'm almost 40. Since I found out I have adhd I thought that was the reason why I make up the stories in my head. I like doing it and have started writing my stories down.

Wow, I thought I was the only one to do this. I just saw a video about different personalities and I got worried, but know that I know that other people do it too, I feel much better. I noticed that most of the people to comment mentioned their sodiac sign to be Gemini, but im not, Im Sagittarius.

I'm an Aquarius don't worry lol

I also have done this since I was little always imagining that I am with the man of my dreams who ever it may be at the time I have also pretended to have sex within these fantasies but to me that's really shamefull and scary part hoping this will go away

I do this everyday of my life. It started when i was 7-9 now i am a teenager. I created these fictional scenarios where i am this girl living a successful life where she can do anything she wants. I even imagined her friends and family, this has gone so far that I feel like her friends are actually better then my friends in real life lol. I recently started writing down some of it and it has helped me. It is quite entertaining and i would rather lye in bed and daydream then go party unlike most teens. It is my fave passtime and I dont regret it i consider it as a gift from heaven. You should too!

^^ I feel the same way! Like you create this character and you follow her point of view almost as if you're in her world and make up all these fictional scenarios with fictional friends and family members and she can do anything she wishes to. I'd also rather stay in than party like the rest of my peers (15/16/17 years), like it's so much more fun that way:)

I've always done this. I remember doing it when I was little and I still do it as a young adult. I want to stop. I role play and I take it too seriously. I don't know how to separate my real feelings from the made up ones. It used to be fun but now that I am trying to get my life together and find myself, I realize that I don't know who I am. I've always been fictional characters. I feel like it's gotten too far but I'm afraid to try to stop because I think I'll get bored. I don't know what I'll think about before I fall asleep at night. I feel like I'm insane and I think people are noticing. It's embarrassing for someone to call me out on it, because only then do I realize that these are not real feelings. I don't understand why I let myself get so deep into something that really doesn't matter in real life. I don't want this to become my real life, but it already has. I wish I could break free but I feel like I'm too far gone.<br />
People keep mentioning being a Gemini. I'm a Gemini and I wonder if this really means something.

I started doing this when i was a child, i didn't have alot of friends that i spent time with outside of school. So when i got home it would be the first thing i would do. Just go to my room and close my eyes and I would still be me, but I would be different. You'd think if i was unhappy in real life I would create happy scenarios in my mind, but they would always be painful/depressing, and I wasn't the nicest of people. It got to the point where i would want to spend more and more time alone just so I could be "there". I'm 24 now and i've been in a relationship for the past 5 years and i still feel the need to do this whenever i'm alone or at night laid in bed. I always thought it meant i had some sort of a problem, so i'm very glad to discover that so many other people do the same thing.

I am so glad I have found this site. I thought I was the only one that did this. I started as a child and still, to this day, pretend and even act out my day dreams when I am alone. <br />
Talking to people that aren't there, pretending that they are in the room with me; even (and I can't believe I'm about to say this) pretending to have sex with someone while ************. I hope I didn't say too much. I am a heterosexual female, yet every single one of my characters are male. And all of the characters are male celebs like Stuart Townsend, (Lestat from Queen of the Damned), Michael Hutchence, (INXS lead singer), etc. When I am in pretend-mode, I keep a picture of the character in my mind, and to help me, I save a lot of pictures on my computer, as well. I've been wondering for years if there was anyone else like me. So glad I found this site.....

I can relate to your comment so much! I've been looking to find someone like me but I only find people who talk to people in their head. I also imagine the people being in the same room as me. I can also relate to pretending to have sex with one of them while ************. I now feel less weird about myself. :)

You are not alone I do the exact same thing!

omg. :P I still do it... I thought I was the only one! Haha! Sometimes I do it on accident...

i started doing this as a kid (lol im only 19 now) but i started around 13. i started by dreaming about dating celebrities like lil bow wow and chris brown but then when i turned about 15 i dreamt of dating people who went to my school. i mean i would dream up outfits and scenes like kissing them in the rain..etc. <br />
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now at 19, i still dream but my dreams are becoming more realistic. like i dream up outfits but its things i actually wear now (your fashion sense increases as you get older) and my scenarios are usually about guys that ive already dated. (i had my first bf at 17, kissed my first guy at 17) i think all of the dreaming has to do with loneliness, not feeling accepted, depression (my boyfriend just broke up with me) and just plain boredom. <br />
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i think only creative people can do this so instead of wasting our time dreaming, write a story, paint a picture, act in a movie! OR. if your longing to live like your dreams dont be afraid to go out and MAKE IT REAL. everything is x10 in reality instead of a dream. trust me :)