We are accustomed to normalizing many things when they aren’t normal. We need to address it.
A user asked the forum, “What is something you thought was normal but found out totally isn’t?” Here are the common responses.
“Honesty. I still cannot believe how many people have no issue with lying, cheating, stealing, etc.”
PHYSICALLY AFRAID OF PARENTS
“Being physically afraid of your parents as a small child.”
“Daydreaming for 3-4 hours out of the day about how easy life would be if you could go back and fix things.”
“Getting bullied by almost everyone in your life and being unable to make friends. Turns out, most people can’t relate to that.”
PRACTICING CONVERSATIONS IN YOUR HEAD
“Endlessly practicing conversations in your head for too long and trying to work at every possible dialogue possibility before engaging with the person.”
“Feeling guilty all the time while growing up and not knowing why. Still not sure why.”
“Never argue with your parents. I wasn’t raised in a strict house, but nobody argued with my dad, and there were no raised voices. I got spanked maybe 4 or 5 times total, and after that, all my dad or brother (he was 15 years older) had to do was change their tone of voice, and it stopped.
I’m 42, almost 43 now. If my father was still alive at 98 and I said, ‘Dad, I’m gonna go to the store quick.’ he would have said, ‘It looks like it’s going to storm. Wait until tomorrow.’ I would listen to him. I might look at myself and say I can make it, but if he insisted, that would be that.”
“Having vivid nightmares almost every night to feeling physical pain when attacked in dreams, yelling in terror or pain and waking yourself up, and waking up drenched in sweat and shaking.”
“Child abuse. But we didn’t call it child abuse back then. We called it growing up.”
“Autistic traits, yeah, not everyone thinks like I do.”
“Not having health care in a ‘first world’ country as well as not having housing for homeless people.”
“Being able to remember things in your life from before the age of 5!”
OVERSHARING TO PEOPLE
“Being completely honest, upfront, and over-sharing with people I don’t know that well. I have autism and learned embarrassingly late how to navigate the different levels of friendships/relationships.”
OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER AND ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
“My Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). When my daughter came home from her therapist and told me that what I told her was normal and she just had to deal with it and learn how to live with it, it is, in fact, not normal, and not everybody has to deal with these things.”
“Being angry always and living on the edge, thinking everything is your fault. Even someone’s bad mood.”
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