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How to nurture your playful, imaginative side as an adult?

I feel really sad that this part of me (maybe most adults) gets so buried and don't know what steps to take to begin to rectify it? It doesn't help that I am prone to hideous depressions and typically work with wounded people (though sometimes approach this creatively). I am passionate about a very serious project. [more inside]
posted by tanktop on Sep 16, 2014 - 25 answers

Mr. Teddy Bear can't pass the crumpets right now, he's checking GROWLr

A trope in our media and culture is that little girls disport themselves by holding mock tea parties with stuffed animals as the party guests. Two questions: ① Do 21st-century children actually do this? ② If so, how do they get the idea for it? Just from popular culture in which the trope is portrayed, or do some adults not in my social circle still actually hold tea parties which they're imitating,† or is it all via parents and siblings and peers communicating the idea to play this way? Or maybe toy manufacturers and advertising of tea-party-related toys and accessories? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Sep 12, 2014 - 35 answers

Clever phrase needed, please!

I sew custom clothes for children and I need to start putting labels in my items. I've got the basic info for a care tag covered, but I want a short, cute phrase to put on there too. For example, one I've seen says, "Wear, Love, Wash, Repeat." Another I've seen says "play hard and get dirty." Another said "100% cotton and maybe a little unicorn hair for good luck." I don't want it to be cheesy and trite, but just to elicit a smile when a mom or dad sees it while laundering the clothes. Any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by Mimzy on May 2, 2014 - 25 answers

How do I inspire a hungry imagination?

I am a relative to a youngster (aged 6). I want to inspire them. Feed their imagination, help them to discover the endless possibilities that exist in all corners of the world. My question is how best to do this? [more inside]
posted by 0 answers on Oct 30, 2013 - 17 answers

Looking for an article from National Lampoon

I'm looking article that appeared in National Lampoon in the late 1970s or early 1980s, probably between 1979 and 1981. The article was called something like "Pens as seen through the eyes of 8 year old boys". [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Aug 20, 2013 - 3 answers

My #FOMO is acting up!

How can I gamify the tedious parts of my day? [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Jul 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Help with project? Please list fictional cities !

For a project I'm currently working on as part of my graduation in Graphic Design, I wanted to compile something like an atlas of fictional cities. These may be from books, legends, stories, video games, advertisements, comics, really whatever... Even "real" cities but alternate versions, imagined or in some way deviate from their real counterpart are valid. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on May 18, 2013 - 47 answers

Why can't I imagine frequencies outside of the range of my hearing?

I can accurately imagine sounds of 440hz. I can imagine sounds of 880hz, 1760hz, and so on, and accurately identify octave intervals. Why can't I keep imagining sounds an octave up, until I am imagining beyond the limits of my hearing?
posted by Jon Mitchell on Apr 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Drawing what's not in front of me?

How can I learn to draw from my imagination? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jan 22, 2013 - 15 answers

Oh yeah, it runs on the world's most powerful graphics chip: Imagination!

What are some fun daydreams I can think about to fill up long bus journeys? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Dec 16, 2012 - 30 answers

My imagination has been debunked!

In the past 24 hours I've discovered that both of my "million dollar" ideas (for websites/services/apps) are already out there and established. To me, these weren't just "good ideas", they were "innovations" I was emotionally invested in and slowly working towards. How do I move on? (in two parts) [more inside]
posted by itesser on Aug 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Those video games will rot your brain!

My 7 year old son has misplaced his imagination. Please help me help him find it again... [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Jul 5, 2012 - 35 answers

How do you explain one million?

Have you ever had "one million" (or one billion) explained in a satisfactory manner? [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Mar 14, 2012 - 37 answers

How to shake off vivid dreams in the morning...

Very vivid and intricate dreams - do you have tips on how to shake off lingering feelings in the morning? [more inside]
posted by apolune on Nov 25, 2011 - 23 answers

Old-fashioned toys

What are some really old-fashioned toys (no plastic please, other than LEGOs) that can still be easily purchased locally, and at what stores? Craft stores? Bonus if you can sort them by age group (but hey, wood blocks never get old!) [more inside]
posted by midnightmoonlight on Jul 23, 2011 - 33 answers

Hmm.. Mysterious!

How can I add more mystery to everyday life? [more inside]
posted by brynna on May 10, 2011 - 42 answers

Do I have an over active imagination or am I crazy?

Do I have an over active imagination or am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2010 - 30 answers

How to help a 7 year old with OCD (or OCD-like) problems?

How do I help my super creative/smart son balance his imagination with the task at hand? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Dec 10, 2010 - 11 answers

I don't know, he's just sort of faceless.

The person I'm going out with claims they have no sexual imagination, essentially. Can this be true? What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2010 - 46 answers

Word misplaced or imagined?

Please help me find a specific word, perhaps two, meaning 1) fear of ambiguity and 2) fear of the imagination. Am I misremembering the word(s) for these? Is it obviously right under my nose in English, or does it not exist at all? I thought it might be Greek or have a Greek root, though I could certainly be wrong. Thanks!
posted by methinks on Sep 3, 2010 - 11 answers

"Close your eyes. Make a wish. Count to three."

Brainfilter: Why is my ability to visualize so unbounded when I am drifting off to sleep (but not yet dreaming)? Is this a state I can reproduce in waking life? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Aug 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Am I meditating or is this something else?

Am I meditating or is this something else? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline on Jul 22, 2009 - 12 answers

Do movies shape the way we imagine things or vice versa?

Do movies shape the way we imagine things or vice versa? I notice that when I dream/daydream/concept that I often think very cinematically (meaning imagining things staged/put together/"filmed" even in a motion picture narrative style). What I wonder is if one type of visual conception is a result of the other. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jun 10, 2009 - 10 answers

Runnin' around

I am curious about a childhood habit I had of daydreaming, or fantasizing, I suppose, while... running (for lack of a better term). Has anyone heard of this phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2009 - 12 answers

List of most visited online newspapers, magazines and literature websites (blogs allowed)

I've seen a list of the most popular websites, and another of the most popular blogs, but for these three categories (literature, newspapers, magazines) I've found a list hard to track down. I'd like it ordered in order of popularity, but a top-ten (or top-hundred) would be fine too. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Mar 19, 2009 - 3 answers

How does your creativity work?

How does your creativity work? [more inside]
posted by archagon on Feb 8, 2009 - 30 answers

How do you read vividly?

Since I began a reading life (at about age eight), I have had a problem: my mind automatically places action in just a few places familiar to me from my life: my house, the main street of my hometown. Whether the action in a novel takes place in 16th century Scotland, or the Black Forest, or under the Unisphere. Are there ways to get around this, or to learn to read fiction more actively, and, fantastically/creatively? [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Jan 29, 2009 - 30 answers

"Embrace your code with the elegant grip of Python...-" Wait, what?

An overly romantic person in a non-romantic world... help! [more inside]
posted by curagea on Aug 24, 2008 - 28 answers

Umm, so where abouts is the off button?

I can't stop thinking, and it's destroying my life! I over think and over analyse every damn situation, it's causing me major depression and stealing my sleep, so how do I stop? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks on Dec 16, 2007 - 26 answers

Scientific name for ability to see random stream of images?

I and some others I've spoken to have the ability to see a plethora of random images or movies (and sometimes sounds or other sense-imagery) in our imaginations at will. These manifest when we relax our minds a little and will the images to come -- they might be connected or not, bizarre or not -- a lot like dreams, really. What is the scientific name for this phenomenon and how common is it?
posted by Malad on Jun 21, 2007 - 21 answers

Make the demons in my head go away

How do I get terrible images and memories out of my head? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2007 - 30 answers

Overactive imagination. Disorder?

Overactive imagination. Disorder? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Mar 21, 2007 - 27 answers

How do I improve my ability to form mental images?

How do I improve my ability to form mental images? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Dec 25, 2006 - 16 answers

Do you picture a calendar in your head, or am I just strange?

An am-I-alone-here-question: What does the calendar that you picture in your head look like? For as long as I can remember (or at least as long as I knew my months of the year), my mental calendar has always been monthly, and seemed to start with the month of August--maybe because I was born then, or maybe because the school year started around then. [more inside]
posted by printchick on Aug 27, 2006 - 79 answers

"Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?"

When do daydreams become harmful to your way of life, and is there anything you can do to prevent them from making you miserable in the "Real" world? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2006 - 18 answers

How would you test if someone has trouble conceiving of new ideas?

Putzface_dickman's question below and some issues I'm having with a co-worker prompt this: if you suspect someone of having no imagination, what's a good way to "test" them?
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Sep 23, 2004 - 26 answers

Imaginary Friends

Do any of you -- as adults -- have imaginary friends? [more inside.] [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 15, 2003 - 20 answers

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