I want one! I never had one so I wonder if I missed out.

Imaginary friends 'normal'
5:00AM Saturday March 08, 2008
By Martha McKenzie-Minifie

Almost half of New Zealanders had an imaginary friend in childhood, a university researcher has found.

Massey University education Professor Tom Nicholson said parents shouldn't worry that their child is a loner or a little strange if they confide in a made-up mate.

"It is a normal part of their development," he said. "They are sociable kids, they are not shy, they like talking to people."

Professor Nicholson said the findings were consistent with the popularity of imaginary friends in the United States and Britain.

He is about to start a project in a bid to widen local research and wants to hear from parents with a child who has an imaginary friend.

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