Is Weirdness Normal?

Put up your hand if you ever feel weird. Maybe you feel it often? Like, daily?

Wow, that’s a lot of hands.

Well, I’m gonna tell you that weirdness is a completely subjective and contextual thing. It’s a personal perception (attitude, belief, idea) more than it is a global reality. The only place it really exists is in our thinking. That is, our understanding of what’s normal and what’s weird. For example, take your run-of-the-mill weirdo (as perceived by you) and put him in a room full of similar weirdos and boom, he’s now normal because he’s ‘just like everyone else’. In fact, a ‘normal’ person walking into that room would now be the weirdo (contextually).

The truth is we’re all weird or normal, functional or dysfunctional, typical or atypical depending on the situation, environment, culture and group-think. While the Trekky (Star Trek fan) in full garb might be totally normal at a Star Trek convention, teleport her to a corporate setting (for example) and she might be considered a giant weirdo.

Context.

In fact, what many of us consider to be weirdness is often closer to the normal-ness end of the scale but the thing is, we keep our assumed weirdness to ourselves in the belief that nobody thinks, feels or behaves like we do, when in reality, we’re all kind-of-the-same. Much more than you would ever think. As a coach, I’m always talking to people who feel like they just don’t fit in. They feel different. Misunderstood.

Weird in a sea of (perceived) normal.

Well, unless you eat your own armpit hair, bark at small children or wear nothing but Ugg Boots to work, your weirdness is normal.

And so are you. :)

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Laurie February 7, 2014 at 8:32 am

Thanks. I needed this at exactly this time.

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Sandy Fishwick February 7, 2014 at 8:41 am

I feel better now.

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Barbara February 7, 2014 at 11:32 am

Well how weird is that, what I have been thinking for a while. I am currently in Vietnam teaching English, which is relatively normal. However try an Aboriginal Australian teaching English to then it becomes a bit surreal. Vietnamese people find it difficult to place me as I look like slightly asian, and slightly like some of the Ethnic Minorities here, but my accent is purely Australian. I agree it is all contextual. I’m sure I would be considered normal in Australia (or maybe not). ;)

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Craig February 7, 2014 at 11:47 am

I love that Barbara! Thanks for sharing and enjoy Vietnam. :)

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Stephen Anderson February 8, 2014 at 7:10 am

Its all in how we see it and where we are when we do. I know there are some things I do that would be considered weird outside of my home or office, for instance, but inside those contexts they are completely normal – and expected.

Thank you Craig, i feel a bit less weird now. :-)

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berni February 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I laughed out loud at second last paragraph…..thanks craig whole article very uplifting and encouraging….you rock

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