I fantasise all the time – and almost committed fraud as a result. How can I stop myself?

Dear Trish: ‘I would describe myself as the embodiment of Walter Mitty and Walter White’

Ben Stiller starred in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a film adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story. ‘Fantasy serves a huge purpose for human beings and it allows us to play around with different identities and roles in our minds.’

Ben Stiller starred in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a film adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story. ‘Fantasy serves a huge purpose for human beings and it allows us to play around with different identities and roles in our minds.’

Question: I would describe myself as the living embodiment of two well-known fictional heroes/antiheroes, both called Walter. The first being the world-famous fantasist Walter Mitty and the other the wannabe villain Walter White from the drama Breaking Bad.

Portrayed by Bryan Cranston, Walter White – also known by his alias Heisenberg – was a character in the crime drama tv series Breaking Bad.
Portrayed by Bryan Cranston, Walter White – also known by his alias Heisenberg – was a character in the crime drama tv series Breaking Bad.

I have always lived in my head and as a child I often daydreamed of being a soldier, a superhero or an Olympian. I know that this is relatively normal for children, but, as life progressed, the amount of time I spent fantasising has increased greatly. I am now in my late thirties and, unlike my alter egos, I see myself as relatively successful in my real day-to-day life.

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