Idiosyncrasies

Things I Believe, Even though I KNOW they are Not True.

An Idiosyncrasy is a peculiarity of constitution or temperament, an individualizing characteristic or quality, or a characteristic peculiarity.

A Belief is a state or habit of the mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing.  A belief controls the way one behaves.  What a person believes can often be seen in the way they behave, regardless of what they say.

Just to avoid confusion, neither of these has anything to do with faith, or in the case of this article, religion.

Ridiculous Belief #1

Sitting in Front of the Computer is REQUIRED for Making Money Online

I am not sure where this belief came from, since me sitting in front of the computer, reading books or sewing has yet to earn me a dime, but it is one that I seem to hold very strongly, judging from the time I spend there.

In reality, the only control I have over my earnings online is in the work I do. Researching, writing and backlinking; listing items to sell, and making sure they get seen. I'm sure there are a few other ways to make money online, ways I have not yet found, but one thing I know to be true, is they involve doing. Just sitting there will do nothing. If someone is going to buy something, it will be on there time, and my sitting in front of the computer will do nothing!

Fly Like a Bird

While it may be possible, is it practical?
While it may be possible, is it practical?

Ridiculous Belief #2

Yelling At My Children will ENCOURAGE Them to Behave Nicely

Since when has yelling helped anyone? Okay, so there is the yell of concern, "WATCH OUT! THERE IS A SEMI COMING AT YOU!" But that is not the kind of yelling I am thinking of. The type of yelling I am thinking of is the the type you do when you are irritated by their behavior, but not willing to do anything about it. Kids quickly learn to tune that type out, and with it, the more important types.

Seriously, when was the last time you were watching TV, clicking through the channels, hollering at the kiddo's for being to noisy, only to have them get louder? After all, they can't hear each other for all the noise you are making.

Ridiculous Belief #3

Glaring at the Snow WILL Make It Go Away Faster

I caught myself acting on this belief just this morning.  The sky was overcast, there are several inches of new snow that have fallen in the last week, covering up the ugly, dirty snow from winter and I was standing at the window, glaring at my garden.

Spring catalogs have been driving for weeks now.  Stores where I shop have nursery plants, and my garden still has more than a foot of snow in it.  Something has got to make it go away!  Why not my fiery stare?  After all, my husband says I can burn holes through things when I glare... still, the snow remains.

Ivorwen, 2010.

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Do You Have Any Idiosyncrasies? 42 comments

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mega1 6 years ago

I too have many ridiculous beliefs. I wholeheartedly believe that I will find my true calling, for instance, someday. At the moment I am 61 and I have done about 70 different jobs. sigh.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

So you know 70 things you don't like. I don't think continuing to believe that you will find your calling is ridiculous. After all, how many attempts did Einstein have, before he created a working light bulb?


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Jarn 6 years ago from Sebastian, Fl

I can only write creatively sitting in the tub. So I tend to spend a few hours a day sitting in an empty tub fully clothed. I don't know whether that's a belief, an idiosyncrasy, or flat-out bat-s--t insane.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

ROTFLMAO! I love your confession. :D

At first I was wondering how much wet paper you had, then came the empty tub part. LOL. I've never tried it. How did you discover this method? The only quiet place in the house?


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Jarn 6 years ago from Sebastian, Fl

I tend to get ideas during sensory deprivation. I used to just lay down and shut my eyes for five minutes. Likewise I can only ever write new material using a gel pen and old notebook paper (nothing ever happens on computers).

I was in the hospital with a pulmonary embolism. My room was right next to the aid station, so everytime a nurse rolled her chair back it would slam against the wall, sounding like a gunshot and rattling the entire room. After three days and nights without sleep because of this, I was finally able to walk and took my first shower. It was a blue-tiled little cavelike cubicle off the main room, gloomy and damp, but thank God it was soundproofed. After showering I curled up on the tiles and conked out for about eight hours. When I woke up, I had all sorts of ideas going through my head because there was neither light nor sound to distract me. I went and grabbed my pen and paper and hammered out three short stories, all while curled up on damp tiles. There was something about it, like I was in my own little universe, cut off and yet able to observe everyone else. Anyway, after I got the stories cleaned up and typed out, they were all published almost immediately. Some of my best work to date.

Though my tub isn't large enough and it's far too bright, there's still a similar feeling about it. So until I can get my own house and install a shower-cave, it suffices.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I love #2. That true with employees, as well. Fun hub. Enjoyed it.

I am so idiosyncratic it would take days to describe. So I'll just call it being unique :=)


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Congratulations on the published stories, Jarn. It must have been horrible, not being able to sleep.

It never ceases to amaze me how much affect the environment one is in influences what they do. I hope you get your cave soon.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Unique is a great word, Alekhouse. Thanks for the insight, that employees are much like children.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Fun reading this one, Ivorwen, thank you.

I remember when Howard Hughes, aircraft and movie tycoon, who was very wealthy, used to wear white sneakers with his tuxedo to dress-up events.

That was when sneakers were only worn to play tennis. The press called him eccentric with idiosyncrasies. If we had done that, we would have been called crazy as a loon.

Juat a matter of semsntics.


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Jarn 6 years ago from Sebastian, Fl

Very true. If you're wealthy and like to wear your underpants on your head, you're eccentric. If you're working class, you're crazy.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Drbj, you always have a way of putting things into perspective. :)


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

amazing hub write thanks


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LiftedUp 6 years ago from Plains of Colorado

Thank God for idiosyncrasies! They make meeting each new person an adventure, and the lack of them makes me want to run. Those conformers, you know, who have to have everything stylish and up-to-date, or who feel the need to do and say just what people expect of them. Yuck! There is no taste in such a person, and I think they do not even know themselves.

Jarn, I loved your story too, and can picture you curled up in that little cave.

Ivorwen, sorry your glare could not melt the snow. My standing at the window, or out in the yard to look at the clouds, and beg them to stop overhead never helped either! And I so wanted it to every time!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Ivorwen, that was pretty cool. I found the topic interesting. Thank you for sharing. :)


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

The Voice, Thank you.

LiftedUp, your comments always make me smile. I can see how what you say is true. Sorry that begging clouds to stay doesn't work for you any better than glaring works for me.

Thanks, Cagsil. :)


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Great hub, concise and to the point. And so true. Rated up and stumbled.


ralwus 6 years ago

LOL I enjoyed this a lot. A good switch will calm the brats some after the crying is over. Yelling does no one any good but the one who is yelling. My wife just invested close to 5 grand in a home business, so she will be on the PC making it back in short order. She better or else! LOL Ya gotta spend to make it so it would seem.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thank you Hypnodude. :)

Ralwus, you are so right about the switch. Even just getting up and being involved with them does wonders.

Good luck to your wife with her new business venture. I hope it works out well for her.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Ivorwen you are so fun. Don't give up on the glare superpowers thing, I think you may have something there. Funny word, idiosyncrasy. Sounds like the only thing between an idiot and being crazy is a little sin. =:)


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thanks Winsome. You put a big smile on my face. I love redefining words based on their sounds, and you did a great job of that. :)


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

I get quite a kick out of idiosyncrasies and oxy morons. These three were pretty funny.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

I get a kick out of them too, Wesley.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Gosh, where in the world does one begin? Idiosyncracies? We all have them.

I like your one about the snow BTW. I was kind of hoping it would have been true—we get a ton of the white stuff where I'm at too. :)


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Springboard, I am glad that I am not the only one who gets sick of the white stuff!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

I have nothing to say at this time.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

LOL! :D


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outdoorsguy 6 years ago from Tenn

does talking to four wheelers count as an Idiosyncracy. I swear mine runs better and faster if I talk nice to it and stroke the gas tank.

Then again I also believe I can teach my dog to scratch my back.

LOL


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Outdoorsguy, I would say it does, but hey, if runs better, keep it up! And good luck with the dog. :)


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I'll have to ask my wife! LOL

I guess that qualifies as an idiosyncracy.

Love and peace

Tony


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Even if you don't have any idiosyncrasies, I bet your wife could come up with a few for you, like nose picking guitars. ;)


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Everyone has habits like that which makes us unique. I used to bite my nails as a kid. Does that count? Even if I don't do it now, cos I'm a good girl? Heh! Great hub!


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Is nail biting a bad habit or an idiosyncrasy? It may depend on why you bite. :)


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Jarn 6 years ago from Sebastian, Fl

Biting your nails is a bad habit, I think. But when you start biting someone else's nails, that's when it becomes an idiosyncrasy.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thanks for the input, Jarn! =D


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

We should all be able to glare at the snow to make it go away after months of it....at least I wished I could this past year...Great hub...


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Some sort of power over the snow would definitely be useful!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Ha Ha I can remember my mum saying 'if you don't behave wait til you get home'! that was it, no yelling no hollering, but of course in those pre 'politically correct' days, my mum used to smack me on the backside, and tell me to 'sit down or you'll get another one'! no yelling there either! I could go on and on about no smacking but it would make me get on my soap box! ha ha

I do know what you mean about believing in something like this, i also have not made hardly any money yet, and I have been on here a year! maybe the successful people stay at their computers all day and night, some of us have to do other things! lol cheers nell


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

That kind of instruction from my parents always got my attention and caused me to want to behave! I hated getting spanked, but you know, I don't think it leaves the same negative emotional impact as yelling does. Yelling does absolutely no good, out side of an emergency, and I don't want to be like the boy who cried wolf!


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evvy_09 5 years ago from Athens, AL

Great story. I believe that if I ignore the dishes long enough they will do themselves. Doesn't work usually. Well today it did but only because I bribed our roommate with a burrito haha


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Ivorwen 5 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Evvy, I love your example! Housework has to be one of those things that will never get done without much continued persistence or flat out bribery. It certainly doesn't do itself. I should know. The dishes have been on the table for two hours and they have made no attempt to even stack themselves. Such laziness!


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damian0000 5 years ago from Belfast

Great hub Ivor, apologies for getting so late to it --- I have a pair of lucky socks, does this count?


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Ivorwen 5 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Hello Damian! I consider you right on time!

Yes, lucky socks count. Two of my boys have them, and I have to wrestle them to get those things in the wash. I hope yours are not as stinky! :)

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