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Old 03-08-2009, 09:25 PM   #1
 
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Default would you consider yourself 'normal'?

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Old 03-08-2009, 09:29 PM   #2
 
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That's a pretty vague question. I guess I'm normal. But in what context? My mental state? The way I live my life?
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Sure...inasmuch as any of us are "normal".
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:32 PM   #4
 
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:34 PM   #5
 
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Just in general...how you react to situations, how you think, how your life is lived...Would you classify yourself a normal person?
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:41 PM   #6
 
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That's a rough question. I mean, in some ways (probably most) I'm a very "normal" human being, but I know I have certain personality traits that aren't in the sense that they're not shared by the majority though still shared by a number of people. Wow, that was long!
I often tell people I'm not normal though. Heh.
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:49 PM   #7
 
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Yes.
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:59 PM   #8
 
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Pretty much, but I do agree with RCW.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:08 PM   #9
 
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Not really, but I don't think anyone is.

If we all knew what each other were really like …
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:14 PM   #10
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Heck no.

And I like it like that.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:26 PM   #11
 
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Whatever normal is, is boring.
I'm not, so I know I'm not boring.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:32 PM   #12
 
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Not a chance. (I have WAY better stories to tell than my "normal" friends)

And I am NOT sorry one bit....
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:43 PM   #13
 
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:03 PM   #14
 
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Yea, I'm normal. And if that makes me boring, I'll admit to that as well.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:32 PM   #15
 
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no. I've always been a little different than most people I know
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Old 03-09-2009, 07:33 AM   #16
 
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No, I'm a unique snowflake. Just like everybody else.

Honestly, am I average? I dunno, in some respects I certainly am. In others, not so much. But by definition most people are average, so I certainly don't feel badly about it.

I think being "normal" (whatever that means) gets a bad rap because everyone wants to be unique. And while I respect not wanting to follow the party line just because it's the party line, I can't respect people who reject anything they view as normal purely because it's normal, and not because they have an actual objection to something specific. I think it's important for everyone to remember there isn't anything new under the sun anymore. Do what makes you happy, normal or not.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:02 AM   #17
 
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I don't believe in such a thing as "normal."

I wear classic and preppy styles most of the time, because that's what I like wearing and what is flattering on me. Some people would think that means I'm "normal."

I went to over 60 concerts last year, which many people would say is not normal.

I am a female engineer - again, many people would say that's not normal, given how few of us there are proportionally.

I think concerns about fitting in, self-consciousness, etc., are pretty normal - the younger you are, the more normal they are. So if you're worrying about feeling that, don't, but instead try to figure out who *you* are, and realize no one really ever fits in 100% as normal - and no one should want to anyway!
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No, I'm a unique snowflake. Just like everybody else.

Honestly, am I average? I dunno, in some respects I certainly am. In others, not so much. But by definition most people are average, so I certainly don't feel badly about it.

I think being "normal" (whatever that means) gets a bad rap because everyone wants to be unique. And while I respect not wanting to follow the party line just because it's the party line, I can't respect people who reject anything they view as normal purely because it's normal, and not because they have an actual objection to something specific. I think it's important for everyone to remember there isn't anything new under the sun anymore. Do what makes you happy, normal or not.
ITA 100%.

Are there things about me that fall outside of the “norm”? Sure. I believe that many people have something(s) about them that does. If we take one thing at a time about our lives, many of us are similar in some ways, but the entire portfolio of circumstances and experiences does make each of us unique.

I do think that many people that want to avoid normalcy have a desire for whatever reason to be unique and special. To them normal equals not extraordinary, or dull. I do not think there is anything wrong with wanting to do extraordinary things, but I believe if done solely to appear special and attract attention is probably the wrong motivation. Like others have said, do what makes you happy and it doesn’t matter whether or not it’s “normal”.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:40 AM   #19
 
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"Normal" is relative. I don't think there is a set standard for what is normal, but there are definitely people or situations that the majority of society would find "abnormal" (ex. Octomom)
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:48 AM   #20
 
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I'm "normal", in most ways. I handle life the way "normal" people do - I don't fly off the handle, I deal with what needs to be dealt with with no drama, etc. I react to situations appropriately, again with no drama.

If anything, I'm more laid back than most people, so maybe that's abnormal.

I don't dress overly funky, although given half a chance I'd live in jeans, flowy hippie shirts and chanklas with lots of clanky silver jewelry.

I AM abnormally cold, temperature-wise. And I think I read more than what is normal.

Eh. I am who I am, and more importantly, I like who I am.
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