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    Waxing and Shaving.

     Why do men and women need to shave/wax?  We really must have had plenty of time to develop new, pointless things occupy ourselves at some stage in our evolution!   P.S. I often go without shaving under my arms for weeks and go swim regularly at a public swimming...
    wildernessgirl wildernessgirl 36-40 27 Responses Sep 24, 2009

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    Guys And Their Legs.

    I'm not sure if this rates as a social norm or not but it is definitely something that seems to be universal amongest men in the western world...especially in rural areas. Men. They stand around in groups at parties, meetings, field days, other social events catching up with...
    wildernessgirl wildernessgirl 36-40 100 Responses Feb 8, 2010

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    There Is No "norm"

    The beauty lies in the differences, the uniqueness.... The passions and traditions of other cultures and languages.... The way you are the only one who is uniquely you....that is beautiful... Follow your own truth and be open to learn about others' truths, there are many...
    CoracaoQuebrado CoracaoQuebrado 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 19, 2010

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    Stereotype

      A stereotype is not forgetting.
    fascad3 fascad3 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 16, 2010

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    Pink Is For Girls and Blue Is For Boys

    When my daughter was born I was very much against dressing her in pink or even dressing her in dresses.  Roj and I were addamant that our girl was going to grow up to me a women who was confident and unrepressed by a male dominant world.  We chose a femine but "...
    wildernessgirl wildernessgirl 36-40 6 Responses Sep 23, 2009

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    The Individual And The Collective

    Paraphrasing one of my literary heroes, H.L. Mencken, my last words on the gallows will be to condemn collectivism in all of its forms. In the continuing struggle between "individualism" and "collectivism," you will always find me in the company of the former. I recall a...
    kayaker712 kayaker712 61-65, M 1 Response Jul 5, 2010

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    Hi All. What Time Does Norm Come By?

    I have some questions for him.(A thousand pardons if this joke has already been used.)
    Wilbury Wilbury 41-45, M Sep 1, 2011

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    Who's In Control?

                Who regulates social norms anyways? Social norms are established to be seen as the way life has always "been." As time passes people change and these "norms" no longer fit accordingly to our society. I believe...
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2010

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    I Don't Shave Regularly

    What's the point?? There's a reason why hair grows there right? And my husband doesn't mind so I don't bother. However, if I do wear a dress or shorts I will shave but most of the time I wear pants so who cares. And my arm pits? I hardly ever shave those even if they are...
    loudamy loudamy 26-30, F 4 Responses Feb 29, 2012

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    Facade (of Stones)

    I have no idea what social norms are anymore.  When I was young social norms were everywhere.  There seemed a clear set of well-defined social mores and rules, laid down by generations, that were only there to be laughed and sneered at.  Rules vs social stigma.  The older I...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan 46-50 Mar 29, 2011

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    Who the Hell Invented Ironing??

    Creaseless clothes, tableclothes, sheets, socks, undies etc - what a stupid, pointless thing for us to worry about!  I don't iron very often but I am annoyed that I feel the need to on occasion.  Do people really care if my children arrive at school with...
    wildernessgirl wildernessgirl 36-40 20 Responses Sep 23, 2009

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    What Is Normal?

    I don't believe in "normal". We are all different and we all have pros and cons. I wish people wouldn't judge or hate.
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 9 Responses Mar 6, 2010

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    Norms

    They annoy me. Sleep at this time, wake at this time, shower at this time, eat at this time, work at this time. I do not want to play by these rules. I need to do these things whenever I ******* feel like without other people's comments.
    Mediocre Mediocre 22-25, F 6 Responses Mar 22, 2010

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    Why Question?

    You shouldn't question social norms. You should try to understand them in context. All social norms make sense in their own context. You start 'questioning' when you really don't understand the context.
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Feb 8, 2010

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    Social Norms

    I came across this as I tend to question the society. Social Norms in my view can be corrupt as well. I have became socially awkward since my childhood. Even my school reports it as well when I reread my school's record of achievement. Most So called Norms are not normal in my...
    Vinnie01 Vinnie01 31-35, M Mar 4, 2013

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    Social Norms

    Social norms,Question 'em,These days,Standards,Where have they gone?
    stormcape3 stormcape3 46-50 Sep 5, 2012

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    and not to mention destructive to society. he number one unspoken rule of socialization wtih peole that is utterly lame that as someone with aspergers is not a social norm I...
    ManifestoOfThePhoenix ManifestoOfThePhoenix 26-30, M Oct 9

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    I have a hard time connecting with others. This lack of connection chips away at my confidence and makes me feel weird. I just don't care about things most people care about and...
    tk1207 tk1207 22-25, M 3 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I have crippling social anxiety. I have the worst times during the day because I am afraid to ask for help at work even when I really need it. Or even at stores. Even when a group...
    nwrner nwrner 16-17, M 4 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    I began the first day of school, woke up more excited then ever. I picked out the clothes I'd wear the night before, I could barely sleep, constantly visualizing my friends and...
    looking4chances looking4chances 18-21, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    The answer to every of your aforesaid concern would be the employment of search engine marketing procedure for internet promoting., Bing, Talk to Jeeves, Lycos, Altavista, Netscape...
    Anthony825d5cr0 Anthony825d5cr0 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 24

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    Is there any winning to this? I don't understand sometimes, It's like when I'm alone I'm feel like I'm one of the smartest and prettiest girls, but when I'm in public I start...
    alwayswatchingu alwayswatchingu 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 28

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    100 Questions :D Found this and thought it'd be fun to compete..so here goes:P 1) Name: Faith 2) Male/Female: Female 3) Were you named after anyone? Nope 4) Does your name mean...
    loveyourselfalwaysxx loveyourselfalwaysxx 13-15, F Oct 4

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    I'm someone who's always afraid of starting a conversation with people, especially strangers..... If i get to know someone and i can really be myself, only then will i open up and...
    Crazycoral84 Crazycoral84 26-30, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I just looked up today the mental disability "social anxiety," or "social phobia," and after seeing many symptoms that match mine, i went on to take an online test to see how...
    Otokonoko Otokonoko 16-17, M Sep 25

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    The Anti-Social ‘Social Networkers’ It seems to be a trend that is not going away. You are out with some friends, at a social gathering, mine was a bowling night, a group of 6...
    StereoTypical StereoTypical 41-45, M Oct 7

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    I am a Loner. I was born as kid who did not have many friends in the neighbor to hang out with; yet I was a bright kid - as people said. As a kid, I was considered cheerful...
    mischievousloner mischievousloner 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 9

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    Facebook tied up XL Axiata Jakarta Axis Capital Group Indonesia the Gold Mine of Social Networking in Southeast Asia BANGKOK – Indonesia, with a population of over 250 million...
    enzolindgren enzolindgren 22-25, M 4 days ago

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    I'm wondering, how do I tell if the things that I struggle with such as depression, mood swings, stressing about things, especially social situations of all sorts..... How would I...
    hanskywalker hanskywalker 18-21, F Sep 28

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    Your personality type: "Engaged Idealist" Popular and sensitive, with outstanding people skills. Externally focused, with real concern for how others think and feel. Usually...
    IRID3SC3NT IRID3SC3NT 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 28

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    Your personality type: "Engaged Idealist" Popular and sensitive, with outstanding people skills. Externally focused, with real concern for how others think and feel. Usually...
    cuddles1266 cuddles1266 56-60, M 2 Responses Oct 2

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    My personality type: "Social Realist" Warm-hearted, popular and conscientious. Tend to put the needs of others over their own needs. Feel strong sense of responsibility and duty...
    amIstarryeyed amIstarryeyed 36-40, M Oct 6

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    "Your personality type: "Harmony-seeking Idealist" Quietly forceful, original and sensitive. Tend to stick to things until they are done. Extremely intuitive about people and...
    ColourfulDreams ColourfulDreams 13-15, F Oct 11

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    Overall, my anxiety has pretty much subsided since being on Zoloft but for the deeper parts of my anxiety spectrum, the harder parts, the anxiety powers through and the rapid...
    EngulfingBreeze EngulfingBreeze 22-25, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    And I've been getting more socially awkward every passing day at school. I thought I was finally self confident enough to at least handle social situations with less angst, but I'm...
    left4deadspace left4deadspace 16-17, M 2 Responses Sep 28

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    My whole life I thought I was shy, but over the past year or so I'm realizing that I may have social anxiety. It seems like I am way more than just shy. If anyone can let me know...
    Dreamer32 Dreamer32 26-30, F 4 Responses Oct 6

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    When I was a child, I was always so soft-spoken that whenever anything bad happened at a family gathering, my cousins all blamed me, because they knew I wouldn't dare stand up for...
    medialahem medialahem 18-21 Oct 11

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    Im a grown woman with no friends and the older I get the more people I lose. The few people that have been in my life have often used me, the relationships have been very flaky...
    Tallulah25 Tallulah25 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    People tell me...'confidence isn't everything'. That is a lie. It worms its way into every area of my life and makes me realise that being shy is actually a curse. I am currently...
    smits15 smits15 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 30

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    I grew up with feelings of isolation and was a loner. Didn't go to another friend's house until High School. I've always had a hard time starting friendships. When I meet people, I...
    Makalaster Makalaster 18-21, T 6 days ago

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    I am so tired. These past few months it has gotten worse. I don't know how to behave around new people or people I barely know, especially those I feel inferior around. That counts...
    haroni haroni 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    Has social media made us anti social in some ways?
    Turtleisland97 Turtleisland97 16-17, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    It's been three long years of self harm,depression, schizophrenia and social anxiety. I started self harming when I was 11, when I started high school. I've cut, burned, threw up...
    imtoughbutimnocookie imtoughbutimnocookie 13-15, F 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    I love being on different social networks and getting to know people, but as of late i have been so busy i haven't even taken a chance to look at anything but the time on my phone...
    angie1025 angie1025 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 22

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    Who gives a crap about questions, there are questions everywhere we look. Answers are what we need. - And b4 some smart arse says well duh if you ask a question you'll get an...
    dontcareforlabels dontcareforlabels 41-45, M 1 Response Sep 22

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    I'm not anti-social, i'm just anti-idiot
    cutiepoplorelei cutiepoplorelei 31-35, F Sep 24

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    I never know now to talk to people! Someone teach me to be interesting and social!
    quietbird quietbird 18-21, F Sep 27

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    This girl I like keeps trying to pull me into her social group but I'm so scared to talk to anyone besides her so I just stand there. She told me that I isolate myself. I just dont...
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 28

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