Kids who have imaginary friends tend to have a stronger memory as adults and can more easily solve complex problems,say psychologists. Most of us had imaginary friends when we were kids,says a research.(But I don't remember having any) The reason behind is human's tendency to be curious and relate themselves with others and find themselves in others company.It also helps in coping with the change around you. When we grow up we face reality and bid adieu to our imaginary friend. Could it be that some find comfort even when they grow up to have an imaginary friend and call it by the name god?
I believe we are conditioned to be anthropomorphic and give human personalities to to material objects. Our natural psychological tendency is to indulge in anthropomorphism. When our consciousness comes into existence we are being cared for by our parents. They keep us fed and comfortable. Our first memories include an awareness there is someone out there caring for our needs. I believe these experiences condition us to believe there is a human personality outside of us that is constantly looking out for our needs.At the most abstract level we give the universe a human personality "God".
The evolution of human understanding follows a pattern of human psychology accommodating a material universe. As we observe and come to understand the material nature of our universe we resist our natural tendency to indulge in anthropomorphism. As we increasingly replace anthropomorphic models of the nature of our surroundings with material models that observation has forced us to consider, anthropomorphism is displaced. The final step is to remove this anthropomorphism at its most abstract level as we become Atheists.
People believe in god because doing so gives you all the answers! You know everything from start to finish and that makes you right and everyone else wrong. You didn't go into higher learning, but now everyone on the planet is stupid and you know that "god works in mysterious ways." These dumb scientists know nothing!
Peter Martin Page has a very accurate reply here. Summing it up for me, as a child I had Casper the friendly ghost as my friend. Later he was replaced by Jesus. Today I don't need either one of them!
After reading the Psychology Today item:
When I became aware of other kids, even a sister 18 months older and a brother 26 months younger, I and they were living on a short street where there were about 15 houses and many kids our ages. I remember spending a lot of time with them and don't remember having any imaginary friends.
In the Catholic schools my dad sent his kids to, I learned of a constantly-watching, punishing god. He was an enemy, not a friend.
I don't remember when I started keeping my face in books, but in third grade I started winning classroom spelling bees and generally doing well in school. Despite years of daily religion classes, an early favorite book was about building the Brooklyn Bridge. In 12th grade I took physics and loved thinking for myself.
After one year in a dead end job and two years in the Navy, I started college and in my third year quit Catholicism for agnosticism. Only later did I hear, from Protestants, the phrase "God is love" and for maybe one second I wondered if I should return to religion.
My experience makes easy two conclusions: 1) fear results in people turning to religion, and 2) stress they don't know how to handle keeps them in religion.