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Is Imagination Real?

Psychological Perspectives


Ken Silvestro, PhD

People often consider imagination to simply be thoughts related to past and present daily experiences. If this were the case, imagination wouldn't be different from memories or reciting a poem. Imagination would be stale and lacking in...well, imagination! Imagination is so much more than our thoughts or memories.

The two easiest ways to understand imagination are to observe a young child and review your nighttime dreams. Young children are always imagining playful surroundings, talking to invisible characters and "seeing" situations that adults can't see. In other words, their imaginations...

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