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    Default Why does our childhood imagination die?

    Lately, I've been trying to connect with my little side. It's been successful to a certain extent, but I can't deny that it feels forced. The other day I had some old toys out and I really wanted to enjoy playing with them the way I used to, but I just couldn't. It's like I forgot how. I vividly remember how I'd be able to create my own little world for these toys fueled only by my imagination and I'd have a wonderful time. I used to be able to make a game out of anything and turn the most mundane task into an adventure. I used to be so creative and easily inspired when I was little. I miss that.

    I'm just wondering what happened exactly? Why does it seem that as we get older this little part of ourselves just seems to gradually die off? I know this doesn't necessarily happen to everyone, as there are tons of brilliant creative minds who never really lose this side of themselves, but the vast majority can probably relate to this. I'd really love to be able to tap into that little kid in me but I just don't know what happened to it.

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    I have the opposite problem, it seems!
    I never lost that wondrous part of me, but at the same time, I have a VERY hard time wrangling myself into an adult frame of mind. To the point where it interferes with how I live.
    There doesn't seem to be a way to easily keep a balance...?

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    Because as we get older were are expected to conform to a certain frame of mind, of which has been forged over millennia of cultural progression. Of course, that is the nurture side of things.

    Talking about the nature side, it gets more psychological. Hormones during puberty change the body in many ways, and the further development of the frontal lobe mold us into more logical thinkers as opposed to the fantastical mind of a child.

    It's a big debate in the field of psychology which affects development more - nature or nurture - but it's pretty much a mixture of the two that benefit to the loss of a child's imagination. Sorry, I'm really knowledgeable when it comes to psychology. Not college degree level, but enough to know the terms. :P

    That help any?


    Edit: Oh and about how some people never lose it - that could come down to how different people think, primarily. There are many theorized personality and intelligence types which all cover many sides of human behavior. Some people just have the right personality and intelligence types to keep that childlike imagination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ftlght View Post
    Because as we get older were are expected to conform to a certain frame of mind, of which has been forged over millennia of cultural progression. Of course, that is the nurture side of things.

    Talking about the nature side, it gets more psychological. Hormones during puberty change the body in many ways, and the further development of the frontal lobe mold us into more logical thinkers as opposed to the fantastical mind of a child.

    It's a big debate in the field of psychology which affects development more - nature or nurture - but it's pretty much a mixture of the two that benefit to the loss of a child's imagination. Sorry, I'm really knowledgeable when it comes to psychology. Not college degree level, but enough to know the terms. :P

    That help any?


    Edit: Oh and about how some people never lose it - that could come down to how different people think, primarily. There are many theorized personality and intelligence types which all cover many sides of human behavior. Some people just have the right personality and intelligence types to keep that childlike imagination.
    Yes that helps very much It's also a bit depressing because as I've gotten older I've turned into a hyper realist so I tend to find it difficult to wrap my head around things that are purely fantasy. That probably won't serve me well during play time... Ugh this puberty thing really screwed me over :/ and I have to ask are you going to college for psych? If so, I am too.

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    No idea because to be honest mine never died.

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    Nah, astrophysics. But I got a 5 on my AP Psych exam in school, so I know my stuff pretty well.

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    You can get it back with practise I swear! Learn to let loose! Do it every day and you get better at it!

    Gotta add some more.. I am a cartoonist and an artist so I've kept this flame going since childhood, it's the ability to tell a story and to get immersed in it! If you don't use it every day you can kinda forget it, just like any skill.

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    I think part of it might be developing the correct environment. I usually have an easier time regressing if I have some lullaby style music going on, or a children's movie, whether I'm paying attention to it or not. Also having a lot of cute things in the room you are at helps sometimes too. I do know the feeling though, sometimes it is hard to feel like it is natural.

    Part of the problem too, is that you have developed a very rational thinking mind, which is how it is supposed to be as an adult, but the rationality makes you realize that a car with it's doors open will not cause it to start flying. I guess the way of making up for rationality, is learn how to be spontaneous with your activities and your thinking. I can come up with some really nonsensical thoughts if I have too, but it has to be just spontaneous brain barf kind of thinking. I think if you can be spontainious on what kind of toys you pick up, where your hands start moving, what the story is behind the objects you are interacting with, then you might be able to develop something just really bizarre enough that you look at yourself and realize how goofy you are being, and then just laugh and question your sanity...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyger View Post
    I think if you can be spontainious on what kind of toys you pick up, where your hands start moving, what the story is behind the objects you are interacting with, then you might be able to develop something just really bizarre enough that you look at yourself and realize how goofy you are being, and then just laugh and question your sanity...
    Since starting to volunteer with kids, I've found that I've begun to tap into a more child like creativity. Just recently, while playing with action figures with a not-quite three-year old, I started to mix and match the figures attachments. Have you ever seen Woody from Toy Story wielding TMNT's Michaelangelo's nunchucks? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Illinoise View Post
    Since starting to volunteer with kids, I've found that I've begun to tap into a more child like creativity. Just recently, while playing with action figures with a not-quite three-year old, I started to mix and match the figures attachments. Have you ever seen Woody from Toy Story wielding TMNT's Michaelangelo's nunchucks? LOL
    Lol, no i have not.

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