I'm not trying to redefine normal. I just have yet to come across a set of people that I would call normal. From my experience even those that do all the socially usual things like get married, have kids, work and stay the right side of the law, have a lot in their experiences, makeup and behaviour that is unique to them.
I guess if I was trying really hard to describe a normal person it would be one that:
I was just pointing out the obvious on a bad morning I think it is easier to see what it is by what it is not (as Mad P says - it is subjective) - by those who don't do anything out of the normal. I am not normal because I chose to move to China, that does not mean I am special. I am not normal because I don't believe any media reports about anything, ever.
Now there is a paradox. To be normal is to be like everybody else. We are all individuals and no to people are the same. The only way to be normal is to be like everybody else. The only way to be like everybody else is to be an individual. The only way to be an individual is to I'm going with this?be different form everybody else. You see where
Normality uses common sense, conscience, common civility, actions, how one presents themselves, all that, based on that first thing--common sense.
And even if, God forbid, normality became the minority, it would still be the norm. Trying to make normal abnormal is abnormal. Example is the abnormally-dressed girl in the picture. Everyone knows that's not a normal nor decent way to dress in public. And no matter if ALL the people in the pic were dressed as she is, it still wouldn't be normal. So, no, normal is not a concept that's fluid; it stays the same no matter what. I'm not talking about fashion or the changes of dress codes from society to society or age to age. I'm talking about what's acceptable in any society at any point in time.
A statistical description of a a block of personality traits that are the most common. Also recognizable in a group setting by type of social groups and percentages of the population that belong to each. Those with the smallest social groups are not normal by this definition.
lol the question is mathematical more then a conundrum as there are a certain set of behavioral traits that are acceptable and will give one admittance to public circles where the mean of humanity gather. If one can do so with little or no effort then one is normal. One could call them individuals up until you ask them to break with the pack and find out how hard they kick against you.
If you sleep when you are tired, laugh at a funny joke, work hard to survive, cry when it hurts, walk extra mile to help a friend, bored when there is nothing to do, respond to the abuser with anger - you are normal human being, and there is nothing wrong with that. People who think that they are not normal just do not want to admit that they think they are much better, smarter, etc., than an ordinary person. At it's often other way around.
I'm really tired, trying to write and came on HP and saw this thread. Normal is subjective. Depends on who you ask, what culture they're from, what generation yadda yadda.
I remember reading through a book years ago about prolific murderers. Most of them were deemed to operate within socially acceptable parameters of normal behaviour (defined I suppose by the above - society, generation etc) on the surface.
And yet they were killing left right and centre when no one was looking. Normal? Nah. Able to behave normal? Yup.
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