I’m just playing around with an idea. I want to ask a question (which I hope won’t cause any flaming on my blog page) please remember I’m asking this from a writer’s point of view.

I think it is time the word ‘normal’ to be redefined but to redefine it we need to establish exactly what it means to be normal.

I’m no longer sure what the word means anymore, as what was once normal no longer exists in my way of thinking. The word doesn’t seem to exist in the world as a label anyone is happy to wear as a brand yet, I’ve heard many people who see themselves as being outside the social normality as wanting to be treated as ‘normal’.

So what is normal?

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      1. Yes, and I think it came from teaching tolerance without regard to Judeo-Christian rules. (I’m not talking about the religions themselves but the human kindness and respect behind the religions’ basic 10-commandment type of rules and the do-unto-others way of respecting others.)

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  1. In psychology, what we consider normal is based on society, along with clinical significance leading to diagnosis.

    What is normal? Beats me. I think it’s hard to put a label on it. We can be quick to judge when we see someone appearing abnormal, but like with normality, it’s based on experiences subjectively and again, society expectations; and societies can be different. Just because someone seems abnormal doesn’t mean they are. Not always.

    Maybe redefining what normal is should broaden the context of mental health issues. Maybe also creating a type of acceptance and openness especially as stigma has been increasing.

    I’m not sure if that was relevant to what you’re looking for, kind of just really liked the question and wanted to contribute my thoughts as a psych major. 😅

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    1. Thank you for such an interesting point of view. It’s is very confusing. What one person sees are acceptable and ‘Normal’ someone else doesn’t see or understand it as normal or acceptable.
      Take different cultures. Culture like the Taliban doesn’t see the education of women as normal or acceptable yet I find that a shocking. The same as women wearing full covering, yet cultures find our behaviour as shocking. So does the word ‘normal’ need to take into account cultural differences in society too.

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  2. That’s a really interesting question – something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently as I have family members who aren’t neurotypical! Everyone has quirks (we’d be robot-like without them) but when do they tip over into being some kind of condition?
    I don’t have the answer to this so I’m interested to see what others say. Maybe in an ideal world, everyone would accept and embrace who they are!

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  3. It is a minefield when looking at what ‘normal’ means. We can no longer see weather patterns as normal for this time of the year. With global warming the seasons have no normal patterns. We might call it Spring but what we expect the spring weather to be isn’t anymore.
    I agree, we can’t all be the same.

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