I stopped by writer Lauren Waters` blog today ( You can find her post here: http://laurenwaters.net/2011/09/12/are-fantasysci-fiparanormal-writers-fantasy-prone/#comment-187 ) and she had a very interesting post about having a fantasy prone personality. I have always known myself to be an extremely day dreamy type of person – ever since I was a kid. But I had no idea that they had identified this as an actual personality trait. Makes sense though.
Lauren went ahead and rated herself against the traits identified by psychologists Sheryl C. Wilson and Theodore X. Barber. There are 14 traits in total. I found the whole thing very intresting and I was inspired to rate myself, too. Thanks for this post, Lauren! 🙂
Here are the criteria:
(1) being an excellent hypnotic subject, (2) having imaginary playmates as a child, (3) fantasizing frequently as a child, (4) adopting a fantasy identity, (5) experiencing imagined sensations as real, (6) having vivid sensory perceptions, (7) reliving past experiences, (8) claiming psychic powers, (9) having out-of-body or floating experiences, (10) receiving poems, messages, etc., from spirits, higher intelligences, and the like, (11) being involved in “healing,” (12) encountering apparitions, (13) experiencing hypnagogic hallucinations (waking dreams), and (14) seeing classical hypnagogic imagery (such as spirits or monsters from outer space).
Wilson and Barber considered having six or more traits worthy of the designation of fantasy prone.
So, where do I stand? Let`s see. Haha.
(1) being an excellent hypnotic subject. I wouldn`t know about this one. I think the whole hypnosis thing is creepy. No points here.
(2) having imaginary playmates as a child. Um, yes. Should I be admitting this? My sister and I came up with various different characters. But we both knew they weren`t real. We just had fun pretending the imaginary friends were there.
(3) fantasizing frequently as a child. That is basically all I did as a child.
(4) adopting a fantasy identity. I won`t go into detail, but yes. There is nothing more fun than pretending you have another world to go to. ..where you are a braver, smarter version of yourself.
(5) experiencing imagined sensations as real. Not often, but yes.
(6) having vivid sensory perceptions. Definitely.
(7) reliving past experiences. Wow. Yes. I have vivid memories from as early as three and four years old. And I do focus too much on the past sometimes.
(8) claiming psychic powers. Haha. No.
(9) having out-of-body or floating experiences. No.
(10) receiving poems, messages, etc., from spirits, higher intelligences, and the like. Thank goodness, no.
(11) being involved in “healing,”. I am not sure I understand what this means. So I will have to go with no.
(12) encountering apparitions. Once or twice. But I swear this was actually not my imagination.
(13) experiencing hypnagogic hallucinations (waking dreams). Unfotunately, yes. Always creepy.
(14) seeing classical hypnagogic imagery (such as spirits or monsters from outer space). Nope. But too late…I think I have already established that I am weird.
Okay, so I scored 8 out of 14. I have a fantasy prone mind. Being this strange is a good thing when you write fantasy and paranormal stuff. 🙂 People with this personality score highest in creativity.
And, as Lauren`s blog post shows, I am not alone.