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Children come up with elaborate stories that are fueled by their limitless imaginations. Sometimes they tell these stories so convincingly that you might start to wonder how much truth there is to their story.
Every once in a while it seems like your child has had full length conversations with one of their toys. The recalled dialogue makes you think that this kid has actually been talking to someone.
Then, you start seeing the toys in places you don’t remember seeing them in before and your child says that they didn’t put the toy there. This can make it seem like the toys have minds of their own.
Rest assured, toys are not actually alive and do not have a mind of their own. No matter how convinced your child may be of the toy’s sentience, they are still inanimate, lifeless objects.
Toys may seem like they are alive and you probably have irrefutable proof that you know for sure toys are alive (or watched a movie showing that they are).
There was definitely that one time you put a toy back in the box while your kids were gone or asleep, and you found the toy back in the same spot you found it earlier.
There is no way you imagined it. You were not hallucinating, and you know you put it away.
Those memories may be burned in your subconscious and never leave; however, there is a slight chance (ok maybe a large chance) that you imagined it or thought you put it away and didn’t.
Perhaps you were exhausted and thought you picked it up while you were doing other things. Or maybe you did pick it up, but you immediately put it back down because you got distracted.
Another explanation could be that you have put that toy away so many times you have enough memories to fill in the gaps and you are starting to lose track of if you did put it away or not.
But then, you get lost in your thoughts and you remember those movies you have seen. Toys are excellent at keeping their lives a secret from people.
The stories from your children, the countless days of putting the toys away, the tired eyes, and the monotony of daily life can make anyone believe that toys do actually live.
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Do Toys Turn On By Themselves?
What about electronic toys that have had the batteries removed and still work? Or what about toys that turn on by themselves in the middle of the night?
Electronic toys add another level to the confusion of whether or not toys are actually alive. They sometimes seem to react to things in seemingly impossible ways.
Some toys are obnoxious and so loud that you remove the batteries to get some peace and quiet, but the toys keep working!
That would drive anyone insane. Those loud toys should not exist or even be allowed to be owned by children for more than five minutes!
When you remove the batteries, peaceful bliss should be yours until the next well meaning family member blesses your child with another mind-numbingly obnoxious noise making toy.
Some electronic toys have just enough stored energy that removing the batteries doesn’t render them helpless immediately. Those last vestiges of noise make it seem like the toy is taunting you (or haunting you).
Taunting should only be possible if the toys are alive (which they aren’t… right?). It could even be possible that someone put the batteries back in when you weren’t looking.
That would make for a nice surprise when the buttons get stuck and the toy starts to make noises at two in the morning.
Even though you are tortured by those toys, they are not actually capable of making conscious decisions. Toys do not come to life nor are they vessels for some other worldly being.
Do Teddy Bears (Or Other Toys) Have Feelings?
Teddy bears and other stuffed animals have seen and heard a lot. They have sat still and listened intently to all your troubles and woes.
Teddy bears have also been there to see your triumphs and hear about all your victories.
Stuffed animals are great listeners and have that sweet look on their faces that seems like they are empathetic.
When you are upset, you can hold them tightly to yourself and they provide that soft comfort that comes from someone being near and dear.
You might even feel emotionally attached to those teddy bears, stuffed sloths, and unicorns that have been part of your life for years. The familiarity you feel after seeing them every day in the same place brings you comfort.
It’s hard to imagine that these toys you have spent so much time with don’t feel the same way about you. You have vivid imaginations that make the stuffed animals seem that much more real to you.
Those feelings of attachment you have are real so why can’t teddy bears have real feelings too?
Your feelings are yours and emotional attachment definitely makes teddy bears or other toys a very real comfort that can have as many emotions and empathy as you want them to.
Teddy bears and other stuffed animals are only as strong as your own feelings and imagination. But that strength, no matter how intangible, is real.
Children have strong emotional and often unfathomable attachments to a particular stuffed animal. They have conversations with them and feel protected by them.
As adults, we tend to forget the strong bonds we created with our own imaginations and time alone. Stuffed animals have long held a special place in the hearts of children.
Some adults still have that attachment even if they are unwilling to admit it. They refuse to get rid of the teddy bear that they have had since childhood no matter how dirty or ragged it may become.
I know that I have some stuffed animals that have been with me for years. I love having them in my room every time I move. They bring a sense of home and family wherever I may be.
I may not play with them or hug them anymore, but I refuse to get rid of them because I know the memories that they hold from childhood.
Teddy bears with emotional attachments and empathetic faces do not take up that much room on a bookshelf or on that pile of blankets across the room. You can believe that they do have feelings because you have feelings.
Toys may not actually be alive, but your feelings and children’s feelings most definitely make them seem like they have a life of their own.