What is 'normal'...?

There seems to be an obsession with 'normal'...

Wikipedia says:

Normality (behavior)

Normality is a behaviour that can be normal for an individual (intrapersonal normality) when it is consistent with the most common behaviour for that person.

Normal is also used to describe individual behaviour that conforms to the most common behaviour in society (known as conformity).

Definitions of normality vary by person, time, place, and situation – it changes along with changing societal standards and norms.

Normal behaviour is often only recognised in contrast to abnormality.

In its simplest form, normality is seen as good while abnormality is seen as bad. Someone being seen as normal or not normal can have social ramifications, such as being included, excluded or stigmatized by larger society.

So, that means we're ALL 'normal' at an intrapersonal level - but some of us are neurologically wired to be non-conformist.

That's an important distinction in my view.

"I am normal, I just don't conform"

Parents
  • I adore 'unusual' people.  I prefer that word.

    Conformity makes me scream inside. I loathe people who swan about trying to prove how unusual and whacky they are. If you need to try, you aren't. 

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  • I adore 'unusual' people.  I prefer that word.

    Conformity makes me scream inside. I loathe people who swan about trying to prove how unusual and whacky they are. If you need to try, you aren't. 

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