Is it weird or dangerous to give myself advice through an imaginary friend?

I'm a teenager, and I created a sort of imaginary friend to help me cope with stressful situations or if I'm worried or upset. She "gives me advice" and comforts me and tells me it'll be okay. I've given her a name (Solace) and created a personality for her that's like a comforting motherly figure. I know it's just my own advice and my own thoughts, but it's just that I'm thinking of them through a voice other than my own. I do this because I know I never really listen to my own advice, and I thought it would be better if it was through someone else who knew my thought process in and out, through this imaginary friend. Is this normal? Could it develop into a separate personality with time if I continue a mentality that she is her own person?

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

From your detailed awareness of how you developed and are utilizing Solace, unless you face some unexpected and altering physical incident to your brain, such as physical head trauma, drug induced brain change, other medical condition which affects your brain, you show a strong knowledge that she is imaginary and not a person.

The predicted outcome of what you wrote is to continue the self-reflective conversations you have with your invented friend, Solace.

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