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Romby

*poof*
That's the sound of your theory bursting. We have Dilbert... we don't need imagination anymore :)

Yep. Cartoons, books, movies, games on computers, chat-rooms... Your theory would have been great if you made it in mideval times... oh... no, it wouldn't work then either... it would work even worse. In mideval times you either work your ass off all day (99%) or being invited to more social gatherings than attendable for one person (1%). The last number includes the king of the country (0.0000001%)

Argenbert

totally.

Duncan Stibbard Hawkes

You're assuming that having an interesting time 24/7 is always what you want.

Cally

I have a very expansive imagination, I also like people. The fact that I like people makes other people think that I do not like being by myself. I do enjoy being by myself, it's just that I can do that at any time, at but I can only talk to this particular person right then. This has earned me the reputation amoung my peers as:

That wierd social artist girl that will never talk to you again if you tell her that she is too social.

...Did any of that make sense?

LJP

This question strikes me as being too much like those supermarket astrology guides that say: "If you're a __________ [fill in your favorite zodiac sign], then you're more imaginative than most. You enjoy being around people, but often enjoy being by yourself." And every __________ [fill in your favorite zodiac sign] who reads it says, "Wow, they're right! That describes me perfectly!" So, in actuality, Scott, what you've created is the PERFECT hypothesis -- a self-proving one!

malignor

I'm extremely imaginative & creative. I can also spend hours and hour alone with blank paper, scribbling down ideas and doodling pictures & technical diagrams of the things I'm pondering.

I bet if I had just one day a week to myself like that, I'd have come up with something profound. Not necessarily the cure for cancer, but you never know...

Nick

Huh,? Did you say something? I wasn't listening.....

TW

I have a very active imagination and often amaze even myself with some of the preposterous ideas I come up with. I do like being alone with my thoughts, but I also enjoy being with other people. I humbly admit to them that I find myself endlessly fascinating, and derive great pleasure in sharing my stories and thoughts to stimulate their otherwise boring existence. Captive audiences are most fun, I can build up their enthusiasm and motivation slowly, throw out some illogical premise just as I have them at their peak, then intersperse wisdom with nonsense for a roller coaster ride conclusion, and leave most of them scratching their heads wondering if I inspired them or insulted them. It's amazing how many people compliment me afterwords for my articulate interpretation of whatever issue I've addressed. Public speaking then becomes another reinforcement for remaining fascinated with myself.

Pedro

Scott,
I don't see much correlation there.
But I live in Brazil, so it's probably a cultural difference.
Your hypothesis is as verifiable as any psychological hypothesis. The trickiest part would be measuring “imaginativity”. But I’m pretty sure we could come up with reasonable definition and measuring methods for it.

Amber

Scott, you're right on target. I like being with people, but sometimes I wish they'd shut up so I could get on with my daydreaming.

Erich Neubert

I have an amazing imagination, and I can't stand being around people. I also think Intelligence plays a factor.

Dossy Shiobara

Scott: Chicken vs. egg. Perhaps people with vivid imaginations weren't interacted with as much as children, thus being forced to find amusement within their own heads.

I love to interact with people, but I certainly have a very active imagination--ask anyone who knows me, they'll tell you I practically live in an alternate reality. However, no matter how bizarre or unusual my imagination, it's not very interesting because I already know what's coming: it's coming from my own head, after all.

Interacting with others is interesting because no matter how boring and predictable they are, I always stand a non-zero chance of being surprised every now and then. That, to me, makes it worth the effort.

Dale

fully agree, a good imagination can simply create people and conversations at will. Now going back into my hole filled with amazing things and people...

Dale

fully agree, a good imagination can simply create people and conversations at will. Now going back into my hole filled with amazing things and people...

Gene

Proof of people having poor imaginations is the prevalence of Reality TV programs

Simon Jester

"Do you have an unusually good imagination?"

I have no idea. Mine is the only one I have access to, so I have no way of telling how unusual it is.

sunflower

The truth is nothing less than an obvious lack of an ellaborate immagination-
Garak, Star Trek DS9

E

Scott,

I probably do have an over-active imagination, but I'm not sure that I enjoy being alone more.

When I was a kid, my extremely vivid imaginary friends just ignored me and played among themselves.

So, while alone quite a bit, I'm not sure I enjoy it :)

My theory is that irony has a hard wired genetic component, either you have it or you don't.

Cathy D.

It is imagination only that occupies one's mind, or is it a lively inner life of any kind? For example, I don't make up imaginative stories...but I do like to ponder problems, examine the nature of life, delve into the mysteries of the universe. It that imagination, or some ability of complex thought?
I certainly enjoy the company of others...but I really like being alone.

pierre

I do

Taffy

I'm so dull and boring i was the kid next doors imaginary friend...

Dalebert

I go nuts if I don't have a certain amount of alone time. I do feel a need for some social interaction but only a very measured amount and then I'm ready to get away from it, particularly in crowds like clubs or parties. Recently I've gone on a long sabbatical to write a fantasy novel so I would say that yes, I do have a good imagination.

This anecdotal evidence is proof. Your theory is as good as confirmed!

Thomas Crisp

Thats pretty spot on. But conversing with people who have the same level of crazy imagination beats having some quality time alone, but it's finding those people.

Thomas Crisp

Thats pretty spot on. But conversing with people who have the same level of crazy imagination beats having some quality time alone, but it's finding those people.

Vikram

I often have witty simulated conversations with varied characters (real and fictitious)in my head. The real world conversations always seem a downer compared to them.

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