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Imagination: Children vs. Adults

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Kristina Harris-Brown

on 15 April 2015

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As adults, people seem to have less of an imagination than children.

At what age does too imagination become unacceptable?
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Imagination: Children vs. Adults
A person who has an over-active imagination may be diagnosed with one of these "diseases".

- Fantasy Prone Personality
- Over-active Imagination Disease

Or is told that they are being "childish" and told to "grow up".
"Why can't you fly now mother?"
"Because I am grown up dearest. When people grow up they forget the way."
- Peter Pan
While the body ages, our sense of wonder and imagination doesn't abandon us. We abandon it, and that's a dangerous place adults go, both for themselves and children. The adult loses touch with a child's imagination, and the child thinks that certain things they powerfully believe in are unacceptable in the adult world. Thus causing the child to abandon their imagination.
RLS: Peter Pan
Frontal Cortex: (rule-based behavior)
- Not fully developed until teenage years.
- Curiosity guides brain instead of logic and reason.

Current education:
-Discourages creativity.
-Brains valued over creativity and imagination
Few Reasons for Loss of Creativity As One Ages
Kristina Harris-Brown
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
- Pablo Picasso
Imagination is the capacity to form a mental representation of something without the stimulus of sense experience.

- Current Environment
- World Understanding
- Visual Memory
Neverland has an age limit.
The age that imagination starts to become unacceptable is around the teenage years (18) going into adulthood.

I think the reason for this is that as people age the want to fit into the social norms and the "abandon" their creativity to fit in.
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