Can a person have too much imagination? Why or Why not?

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  1. Wayne Brown profile image80
    Wayne Brownposted 13 years ago

    Can a person have too much imagination? Why or Why not?

  2. MickS profile image59
    MickSposted 13 years ago

    Maybe, if their imagination prevents efficient functioning in society in general, then they are out of control.

  3. profile image0
    Edliraposted 13 years ago

    Hi Wayne. Very interesting question you ask. In my humble opinion, imagination can be both a curse and a blessing.
    Let's take as an example a child that in a first instance has too much imagination, what happens? For sure he wil be an inventive, creative and smarter than the average, since his imagination aids him in developing better and quicker, in finding solutions to problems or challenges he may encounter. He will explore opportunities and see what comes out of what and learn a lot from that. In this case imagination surely is a blessing.
    But what happens when the same child's imagination runs wild and he prefers to live in his imaginative world more than in the real one? What happens when the same imagination introduces inexistent "threats" and "danger" to his life? I remember myself (even though not proud to admit it :-), I have slept with the lights on till really late... according to some ;-), because the moment the light was switched on I would imagine all sorts of creatures lurking around and I simply couldn't sleep.
    So, in the latter case it really was a curse. I hope I have explained myself properly.

  4. Tusitala Tom profile image65
    Tusitala Tomposted 13 years ago

    The amount of imagination is not so important as the ability to realize that it IS imagination, and to be able to excercise control over it.   I doubt many people can do this with 100% success.  I mean, with absolute control.   But so long as they REALIZE their imaginings either do, or do not, reflect the reality of the actual world in which they live, then the more creative imagination the better, I suspect.

    I say this, because the Creativity a person can bring to their life can make all the difference to it being a mediocre, even dull existence, or an exciting, adventurous one.

    If you want to be creative, then use your imagination!

  5. Right On Time profile image60
    Right On Timeposted 13 years ago

    Imagination is the ability to create your own reality so no, I don't think so.

  6. C.V.Rajan profile image57
    C.V.Rajanposted 13 years ago

    Sure. I definitely consider J.K.Rowling is one person who simply had too much of imagination. See what she has achieved through Harry Potter. Unimaginable for me!

  7. porcupine73 profile image60
    porcupine73posted 13 years ago

    Absolutely it is possible to have too much imagination.  Consider megalomaniacs, they imagine they are all kinds of things, often to the point of being very detrimental to their every day lives.

    Sometimes people imagine they can fly and then are sadly surprised.

  8. vhinia profile image59
    vhiniaposted 13 years ago

    Yes. Imagination can be our sweet escape from reality. Wherein we can be someone we always wanted to be, do the things we cannot do. And by the power of imagination, it might be a way or an inspiration to make things for real.

  9. Hard Drive Dude profile image61
    Hard Drive Dudeposted 13 years ago

    I believe that having an imagination is a great thing. I'm not sure what having too much imagination means however. I'm still believe that it's something that everyone could benefit from.

  10. christ4ever profile image64
    christ4everposted 13 years ago

    Imagination is how we exercise our minds (and we all need a little exercise now and then) and creativity is important, or in the case of dreaming, it is how our subconscious mind works out certain "issues".

    I would say then, that you can never can have too much imagination, provided it is not directed towards negative or immoral thoughts, or simply excessive non-productive "day dreaming" and wasting time, which of course in both cases would be counterproductive to good health and useful living (or to the point where it also gives you insomnia!).


    "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." (Proverbs 29:18)

    "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." (Eleanor Roosevelt)

    "If you can dream it, you can do it." (Walt Disney)


  11. smelloftruth profile image60
    smelloftruthposted 13 years ago

    You can only answer that question if there's an established metrics what it means to have too much imagination.

    If it means having so many distracting imaginations that render someone counter productive, then anyone having that have too much.

  12. ss sneh profile image68
    ss snehposted 13 years ago

    The limit to "imagination" is beyond any human mind can ever imagine!

    We know, Infinity is so great and vast and endless... but we have the ability to imagine to conquer it!

    No wonder Einstein said "Imaginatioin is more important than intelligence"  -- Thanks

  13. Xavier Izaguirre profile image61
    Xavier Izaguirreposted 13 years ago

    Tough call.

    I agree with Tousitala, it is an amazing skill and gift if imagination can be controlled at will.

    Our thinking is divided between lateral and sequential thinking.

    The latter is involved in logical processes such as mathematics and formal problems and involve the following of stablish rules and patterns.

    The former involves a distinct approach, this is the introduction of new rules and possibilities, and even though it is traditionally linked to art and advertising, lateral thinking can benefit any discipline, as there is not innovation without lateral thinking.

    and imagination, as you can imagine ( excuse the pun ) is key in lateral thinking, thus in your life.

  14. shabbirkhi profile image60
    shabbirkhiposted 13 years ago

    Too much imagination is not good but you can keep hope after doing well after a good effort too much imagination means just a imagination without specific effort so there is more chance of depression

  15. Ashantina profile image59
    Ashantinaposted 13 years ago

    Imagination invented the telephone, internet, the pc you use to type this question and the hub for which you shared your thoughts in this moment...
    Too much creativity can NEVER be a bad thing...

  16. nifty@50 profile image68
    nifty@50posted 13 years ago

    As long as you can separate fantasy from reality, having a lot of of imagination is a good thing and having "too much" shouldn't be an issue! In the case of Walt Disney, it was his brother who figured out how to parlay Walt's great imagination into a money making Empire! Imagination can be rare and beautiful gift!

  17. Glenn Stok profile image96
    Glenn Stokposted 13 years ago

    I don't think it's a bad thing for anyone to have too much imagination. What's bad is if one does not apply their imagination to be creative.

    I know several friends who I consider very talented in the sense that they come up with brilliant ideas.  But they do nothing with it. Their insight ends with their thoughts. How sad.

  18. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image80
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 13 years ago

    No - we are all well equipped.  Wonderfully and fearfully made - but perhaps none of us is mature enough to use our gifts responsibly.  I know I'm a massive failure in the old "perfection" category.

    I think highly creative persons are often diagnosed as "mentally ill."  Being able to relate to the common six o' clock news cookie cutter designer sheep bot in no way makes one "healthy."  It's only a skill needed to reinforce the notion that reality isn't what is known so much as what is controlled so much as is possible.

  19. tyler_richmond profile image56
    tyler_richmondposted 12 years ago

    If affects how you act or affects your grasp on reality then yes defiantly. But if not then no there is no such thing as too much imagination

  20. Cyndi10 profile image84
    Cyndi10posted 12 years ago

    I think having an imagination is a wonderful thing most of the time. However, my imagination can get in the way sometimes when it "gets away from me." On the good side, imagination enriches my life and because of imagination, my world is constantly changing. I wish I was even more imaginative.


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