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How to Shock People

Updated on September 2, 2012

Today we are subjected to all sorts of behavior in an effort to grab our attention. It seems with each passing year we lower the standards set by our predecessors. Our culture feels the need to challenge us with outrageous behavior, which is fine as we need to be provoked every now and then, but over time, just as our bodies with an antibiotic, our minds become immune to this "shocking" behavior. The lines have been blurred and we look to our pop stars to see who can pull the most inciting stunt.

Protest groups want to grab our attention with shocking stunts. With commercials, tv shows, music, and fashion, everything has to push the boundaries in an effort to remain cutting edge.

The recent Grammy awards were a perfect example, our pop singers pulled out all of the stunts. There was blue hair, a pope, an exorcist, and at some point levitation as our stars felt the need to out shock one another with strange behavior. But the most shocking part of all? A plainly dressed, soft spoken singer from England swept the show, winning 6 awards.

With this in mind, I've come up with a short list of things we can all try. You don’t have to be a pop star or celebrity to attempt. You can try this at home, there is no special training needed. Here’s my list of shocking things you can try every day:

Hold the door for someone. What?! Yes, that’s right, the next time you are out, take a minute and hold the door for the next person. Then laugh with your friends at the sight of their face, pure astonishment. They may stare at you as they walk past. They may not even say thank you, don’t let this bother you, you're the one acting strange.

I will have to call you back. The next time you are say, in the line at subway talking on the phone discussing Snooki’s weight loss, tell your friend you will have to call them back so you can order. Shocking! Your friend may seem confused, but explain to him/her that you are, get this, holding up the line and will need to call him/her back. Wow, what is going on? Bonus points if you don’t take the call in the first place, baby steps.

Show Respect to strangers. Yes, show common courtesy and respect to a complete and total stranger. This will shock the living daylights out of most people. Actually use words, maybe even a sir or ma’am and watch as they try to deal with this strange behavior. Do not be offended if the gesture is not returned, your actions may seem foreign and deemed odd by many.

Pull up your pants. Here’s one I don’t understand, it seems the newest fad is to wear skinny jeans, yet still sag them down below your butt. This makes little sense to me, but what do I know? Here’s a sure fire way to shock those around you. Wear pants that fit! Maybe even…….a belt. Wow!

Use manners when in public. Who does this? Very few, that’s why using manners and your quiet voice when in public will definitely get you noticed. Cause a scene by not causing a scene! How Bizarre!

These shocking ideas should give us a good start. I know I have a lot to work on myself. Hopefully we can all start turning the trend and make it acceptable to be normal again. With this peculiar behavior, we may shock others into following our lead. While most people look up to celebrities, maybe we can still have an influence with some strange behavior of our own. So the next time you’re out, go ahead and shock some people.


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    • Shaddie profile image


      6 years ago from Washington state

      The phone thing is SHOCKING all right. I don't like to be on the phone in public, or anywhere where anyone else can hear me. The point of talking on the phone is to talk to one person, not the entire mall you are walking around in.

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      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Take it slow Jeannie, we don't want to overly shock you and leave you numb to the world!

      I know the feeling Sally, and yes, that would be nice!

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I'm getting more and more cynical every day. Probably because I'm becoming desensitized to those bad, off-putting, rude behaviors--they are everywhere, and mostly, I hardly notice them. Indeed, expressions of kindness and respect are almost shocking in that they stand out from the norm. Maybe they will become the newest attention-getters that people want to emulate, and wouldn't that be nice?

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      Jeannie InABottle 

      6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      These are some crazy and shocking things you are listing in this hub. I am not sure how to react to your bold suggestions. I think I will have to take a second look at this later when I am in a more open-minded mood. This may be too much for me to take in right now. :-)

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Julie!

      Glad you enjoyed is Sunnie Day, thanks for stopping by.

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Yes..Yes..and Yes..more manners and kindness please..Loved this hub..Thank you.

    • Julie DeNeen profile image

      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      haha. This was great!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Jlava, glad you enjoyed it!

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 

      6 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Well said and amusingly presented. I agree basic common courtesy seems to have gone out the window these days, it is a shame really that treating someone with basic courtesy tends to shock them.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks girltalk, glad you liked it!

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      6 years ago

      I liked your hub. It wasn't bad at all...just good common sense. : ) Voted up and useful!! Thanks for the reminder.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Very sad indeed Cosmic, bad publicity is good, just like my hubs! Thanks for reading!

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      Cosmic Bus 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      Great job as usual! It's kind of sad that it now takes "kindness" to cause shock, isn't it? I hate that the values our kids learn from some of the Grammy behavior is there is no "bad" publicity just as long as people are talking about you.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks jenubouka, and yes it can be!

      Yes she was Laura!

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      Laura Deibel 

      6 years ago from Aurora

      Wasn't Adele great at the Grammys? ;-)

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      6 years ago

      Awesome take on the world we have to endure these days. Your "shocking" ideas are ones that need to be expressed every day.

      I watched the Grammys for about 30 seconds and turned the channel. What happened to just playing good music?

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Me too Alecia, the only other part I enjoyed was Alecia Keys and Bonnie Raitt's duet. Watching the Chris Brown song, is it just me or do all of those songs suddenly sound the exact same?

      Thanks Sunshine!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You are one funny dude!!!:)

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Unfortunately manners are shocking nowadays but I'm sure glad Adele won! And here's to polite cool peeps everywhere!

      Great job weestro!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      That will draw attention Becky, manners are shocking! Nothing wrong with a little mind control though! Thanks for reading!

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Yes, thank the waiter when they bring your food and say please and thank you. The world is shocked when you do.

      I can make my kids squirm, just by looking at them with a raised eyebrow. They get really paranoid.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Decent human, woah, let's take it slow alipuckett!

      I like it tsmog, glad you enjoyed it.

      Thanks for reading and commenting guys!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      I like your fun article. A very nice read. Try smiling and look for the reaction. That works for me. Adding to your list, if I may, is telling your boss thank you, just after disciplining you. I like that one.

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      6 years ago

      Awesome article with a twist. Here's one to add: Be a decent human being. Gasp! :)


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