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July 03, 2008

Our best qualities


Kathleen McGowan introduces the psychology of normality and some quite specific ways of being abnormal. Not certain how my antipathy toward normal people is classified by the APA but I figure it is a chronic manageable condition (via Five Feet of Fury, with a different spin on the piece).

Being normal is actually extraordinary. It's an unusual combination of specific traits that all have to do with being extra likable. The people who see themselves as most normal (and are seen that way by others) are much less neurotic than the average person, uncommonly easy to get along with, unusually respectful of propriety, and highly responsible.

Normal people may be nicer than average, but they also have character traits that aren't universally appealing. They're not adventurous. They're not above average in intelligence, nor are they outgoing. Truth be told, a lot of our best qualities are unusual. A sense for music like Mozart's is certainly exceptional. So is the ability to speak six languages, or the courage to leap onto the subway tracks to save a stranger's life.

As is the above image. Sadly, Kylie Minogue has retired her exceptional hot pants; something to do with aging gracefully (hat tip to Agent Bedhead).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 3, 2008 06:04 AM


you poor thing.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 3, 2008 10:23 AM

We all have our crosses to bear.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 3, 2008 10:34 AM

"Unusual sexual practices are mostly harmless as long as they are part of a range of sexual responses."

Well, that's a relief. So as long as I am into goats and chickens, I'm ok -- there's a range there, you see. If it was just one or the other, it would be a problem.

I'm glad to have that sorted out.

Posted by: Lickmuffin [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 3, 2008 10:51 AM

Careful or will be faced with a "human rights" complaint on behalf of Canadian goatrapers. Not that there is any particular creed associated with that practice.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 3, 2008 10:54 AM

If the goat left its pen without its abaya and a closely related Billy then it is a whore and was therefore asking for it. Or so the Mutaween tell me at least.

Posted by: dpatten [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2008 01:18 PM