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Postby Nerevar » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:40 am

(I have a few schizotypal traits).
It happens to me, in some cases, when I identify with a character (it usually happens only with peculiar characters - I never identify to "normal" ones), but with this weird feeling I'd prefer to be that character than myself. Actually even as a child I fantasized about being someone else - in a "odd belief" kind of way, not really in a mimicry externally detectable way.
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Postby poxalis » Fri May 15, 2020 10:37 pm

i don't know how to act without constructing some identity to put on as i emerge into public. well i mean when i'm in intimate contact with humans. if i'm just going to the grocery the standard blank personality works fine enough. there are quite a few fictional characters, stereotypes, and archetypal types i like and have mimicked.
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Postby voidance » Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:37 am

In my theory, this divides into two parts:

I have been entranced in vivid fantasies about being someone else. Not so much in adulthood but vividly in my younger teenage years to the point where you could consider these fantasies to have their own circumstances and personalities that were notably different from my own. Most of the time this was having different parents and having a different life. I remember my year prior to high school being marked by a fantasy about being my brother's daughter (he is older than I) and how my life would have been different. All tactics to escape from what my actual childhood had been.

The second part is personality mimicking, this done mainly through my high school years by picking up mannerisms and traits that I found to have been admired. This was probably due to the lack of social interaction during childhood years. To this day, I struggle with social interaction. To my bottom core, my thinking and behavior is so markedly different from most people my age that I tend to put on a front. It's so learnt that as an adult I am able to sustain conversation with an array of people due to this shifting personality dynamic.
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Postby justonemoreperson » Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:32 am

I used to do this a lot when I was younger. Finding it hard to understand others' subtleties, mimicking a character would help me role-play a situation to appear more normal.

The problem, of course, is that it confuses people when they find you behaving differently in different situations. So, I tried just adopting certain characteristics rather than the whole character and that works better.

It's ended up with me adopting characteristics that mirror my own thoughts but projected in a healthier way.

I also tend to resort to a character if I'm telling a story originating from that character. For example, if I tell a joke then I'll take on the character of the comedian when I tell it, including accent and word structure.

I once did a sales presentation to a room full of people as Ozzy Osbourne, because I'd been talking to one of the organisers and we'd got onto the subject of Ozzy and I started speaking like him and they asked me to do the whole thing as him.
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Re: Acting as fictional characters?...

Postby poxalis » Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:28 pm

justonemoreperson wrote:we'd got onto the subject of Ozzy and I started speaking like him


Purposely or accidentally? in the book Red Dragon (hannibal lector series), William Graham was a chameleon who found great success in being a detective because he could easily absorb other people's characteristics without effort or thought. Nothing like the show where he's some type of Asperger's savant.
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Re: Acting as fictional characters?...

Postby justonemoreperson » Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:34 am

poxalis wrote:
Purposely or accidentally? in the book Red Dragon (hannibal lector series), William Graham was a chameleon who found great success in being a detective because he could easily absorb other people's characteristics without effort or thought. Nothing like the show where he's some type of Asperger's savant.


I'd like to think mostly by choice, however I do find myself slipping into a character at times, especially when telling stories.
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