friend; imaginary; imagination; child ;
It is quite common for children of about three or four years of age to have an imaginary friend. This may be another child or could be a magical person or an animal. Sometimes the imaginary friends change.
As the child grows older the real world takes over and by the time the child is going to school the imaginary friend usually just quietly disappears.
Imaginary friends are true to these children - and this is quite different to Lying.
More about imaginary friends
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