i just found out about something called a fantasy- prone personality. And I just have a few questions about it because I think I might have it. It's described as a personality type that daydreams for half of their waking life. People basically live in a dream of fantasy and can see hallucinations or just live experiences very vividly and live paranormal lives where they think they can receive subliminal messaging that connect themselves to a different world...They also say because they have such strong fantasies they can have an orgasm without touching themselves. I can do this. I also daydream way more than other people, and I also sometimes see more than what is really there...But not quite to the extent to a full hallucination...I usually know what is real and what isn't. I'm 18 and beginning to write novels...But i've always written ever since I was little about fantasy worlds...Sometimes I just think I live in my own world separate from everything else or....A world between the world that everyone lives in. I guess this kind of scares me. Is this is form of schizophrenia?
Are you seeing things when you dont want to see them, or are you mentally forcing yourself to see the hallucinations? I think this may be the defining difference between the overactive imagination and schiophrenia. Also if you know that they are fantasies and you have absolutly no belief that they are real you probably just have an overactive imagination as well. You said you see more then what other people see, im not really positive what you mean by that, but if you mean you see things that arent there entirely (made up in your mind unwillingly) then this may be cause for alarm. I'm no scientist however, so this is just my opinion. ;-)
I saw your message------Ive had this ability as far back as i remember and have felt alone and different.I even used to think I was crazy cause there was no one to talk to about this.we are special people with a special ability and the straights will never understand us.if your interested in corresponding with me, please feel free.
Fantasy-Prone Personality is Awesome, NOT Schizophrenic
Your description sounds much like me, right down to the writing novels part and everything. I'm 17 and I also just recently found out there was a name for it, which I think is pretty cool, because then I don't feel so freakish anymore to know that 4% of the population - that's 1 in every 25 people - are like me.
Try to think of it as a gift rather than an illness (and I will explain why it is NOT an illness next). I'm a published novelist/poet, and I can tell you that this will take your novel-writing in places where ordinary authors have to work a lot harder to ahcieve. Many authors try to force themselves to have conversations in their head with their characters because it will make them be able to write that character as if they're real. For me it's easy.
In addition, if you're ever in a bad situation, you can create your own, different, happier reality to retreat to. I would never give that up to be "normal", seriously. If people could only understand what we can do, they'd be jealous.
I'm also a psychology major. People with schizophrenia, aside from having no control over WHAT they see/hear that is not there, CANNOT tell what is real from what is not. Many think that everyone around them - coworkers, family, etc. are all trying to kill them or something. They often cannot carry a normal conversation with people. So no, you do not have a form of this.
A week ago today, my closest friend Michele passed away after a long fight with cancer. A few months ago, after she found out that the cancer had spread to her brain and knew the odds of recovery were very low at that point, she asked me to write her obituary. This past week, I have been interviewing people who knew her well over the course of her live, much longer than I knew her, to collect details for a long obituary to be published in a local magazine. I learned a tremendous amount about her, and my perspective of her has changed radically.
Michele created her own legend. She told people grand stories of adventures in Africa in her youth and working professionally in the Studio 54 disco in New York in it's hey day. She was a powerful and dominant figure in my community. She was a social and political leader who worked for the benefit of her community.
Michele also loved fantasy. She was in her 50's, and yet had all kinds of Star Wars memorabilia around the house. All of her art was fantasy inspired, some Tolkenesque, some of the "Conan The Barbarian" sort. She indulged sexual fantasies, and participated in the "leather" community.
In the last week of her life when she was put in a hospice, she seemed to go catatonic. She kept a blank stare on her face. She would not react to people who came in the room. After her first day in hospice, she never showed a reaction to my coming in to visit with her every day. She held a blank expression, and her eyes would not move even as you moved in and out of her field of vision. However, it was also clear that she was not unaware. If questioned enough, she would sometimes respond to simple inquiries with a one word answer, like "yes" or "no". When offered water, she would reach up and grab the cup. When being fed, she would open her mouth and sometimes take the fork when food was offered. Some people she would react to with emotional facial expressions, like her daughter. I was in the room with a friend who emotionally talked about how much Michele had meant to her, and a tear started running down Michele's face. The day before she died, her brother who she had not spoken to in over a decade came to see her, and she sat up and talked to him in a normal conversation. She was mentally functional right up until her last day, but by most outward appearances, she had already checked out.
In interviewing people for her obituary, I've discovered that she never went to Africa. Most of her accounts of accomplishments from her past never happened either. They were fabricated stories. However, they were stories she repeated often, and made references to in other contexts. They were extremely detailed accounts, which she would intersperse with factual details from other contexts. I really think that she had forgotten that these things never happened to her.
What is even more odd to me is that in researching her life, she actually had some pretty remarkable accomplishments and legacies she rarely to never talked about. She was the great grandchild of Ransom Olds, the founder of Oldsmobile. I only ever heard her mention that once, but I've verified through other parties that it was true. She grew up next to the family home of a former US president, which I independently verified, but I never heard her talk about it. She once held a world bicycling speed record. I never heard her mention it. Her fantasy world was of more value to her than her actual accomplishments. She frequently repeated her fantasies as if they were facts, and ignored her facts even when they were more interesting.
Some of her stories were embellishments of her reality. She said she was related to a president, when in reality, she only lived for a time next to the family home of one. She said she once owned a Rolls Royce, when in reality she once rode in one as a part of her wedding. She blurred the line between fantasy and reality to the point that I don't think she knew where it was anymore.
Having a fair amount of experience with extreme characters, I knew there must be some definition of this condition out there someplace. I went off searching and found "fantasy prone personality". It describes her beautifully. I also found out in my research that she was badly abused as a toddler. She learned at an early age to escape into fantasy to avoid the harsh reality of her life. I think too, in the last week of her life, lying in a bed in a hospice, unable to deny the reality of her own mortality, she checked out of that reality and checked into her fantasy world, where she spent her last days.
Whatever you guys say, I believe that this type of personality though might end up being a story teller or something, but can never have satisfying and fuller real life. They are escapists trying to run away from harsh realities of life to their own little worlds. Secondly, daydreams are so demanding in terms of time and energy that you're left with no resources to do anything feasible. Make no mistake my dear friends, I am also an avid daydreamer, and just like many of you I used to do it whenever I had to kill boring moments. But slowly like a bad addiction, it's taken full control over me. Dreams are good, daydreams are not. I'm 22, and for all you teenagers who are in the most dynamic stage of their life- nip it in the bud, and live the real world like a stud.
Socialise more, make new friends, stay away from alcohol, marijuana and nicotene (esp. when you're alone), take a courageous stand in life and try to do things you fear in real life.
The funny thing is, I'm also a psychology enthusiast and doing part time studies in it. I haven't written a novel though, but I do write articles. Maybe we can make a few more conclusions on FPD people.
Love to all.