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I Question Social Norms

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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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    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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    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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    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 18 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 8 Responses Mar 6, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Stereotype

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

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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 26 Responses Sep 24, 2009

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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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    Social Norms

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

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    I'm shy, quiet and socially awkward. I'm not good at making friends and well I don't have any.
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    What is Social Status and it's expectations? Social status is based off success for the most part. How much we have accomplished in our lives, how much money we earn, save...
    Lemartes Lemartes 31-35, M Feb 6

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    I am so socially awkward where I'm surprised that my friends still want to be friends with me. Whenever I went to one of their houses for a party or something, I would talk before...
    Peridot22 Peridot22 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 1

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    I joined this website and I'm trying to meet new people and friends. I don't know if I'm socially awkward or what but I almost find it Impossible!!! I ask questions and message...
    jakea6969 jakea6969 22-25, M Feb 10

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    Define friend. I was invited to a social event today and I was able to talk with 5 or 6 (?) people that belongs to my school. We had kind of a long talk ( or conversation? except...
    FallingWind FallingWind 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    So what is social phobia? Putting it simply it's the fear of being around people in any 'social situation' be it at work, at the gym, going shopping, going the pub, simple...
    reesewardley reesewardley 41-45, M Feb 10

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    [PLEASE READ]!>> I WANT PEOPLE LEARN WHAT I HAVE LEARNED> Its kinda a long post, but worth the read, I promise. To begin with, I actually dont suffer from it anymore, but I...
    athion64 athion64 22-25, M 5 Responses Feb 2

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    Does weed help you?...serious question I feel like even a small amount sends me into a swirling abyss of self-loathing and anxiety. I mean not every strain affects me so bad, and...
    MMckay15 MMckay15 22-25, F Feb 5

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    The Voices in my Head To be overly dramatic, they are Legion, I have had a thousand conversations with a thousand different voices, though they have only ever been a single voice...
    Lemartes Lemartes 31-35, M Feb 6

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    What are the best romance books with a lot of dialogue in it, and the book has good wording, want to read it and study the romance and increase my social skills by reading what...
    Redned21 Redned21 22-25, M 2 Responses Feb 10

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    Your personality type: "Good-natured Realist" Quiet, kind and conscientious. Can be depended on to follow through. Usually puts the needs of others above their own needs. Stable...
    DoItLikeADude DoItLikeADude 18-21, F Feb 14

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    Apparantly im the Sensitve Doer Your personality type: "Sensitive Doer" Quiet, serious, sensitive and kind. Do not like conflict and not likely to do things which may generate...
    papple820 papple820 13-15, M 2 days ago

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    Lol well online I have a few friends. But off line it's a completely different story. I have one friend who moved to a different state, and one acquaintance who I believe only...
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 3 Responses Feb 15

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    I have been depressed for a long time and naturally lost the majority of my social connections. Now I am feeling much better, and i am on a half term break but I don't quite have...
    GeorgiePeg GeorgiePeg 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 16

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    1- Your favourite song All ends well by Alter bridge Question 02- A song from your favourite band/artist Wonderful life by Alter bridge Question 03- A song that makes you happy...
    baconrind baconrind 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 9

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    What do you do to cope? Ever since I got my license my social anxiety has been through the roof. It makes my chest hurt, my legs weak and my voice stutter. I thought getting my...
    Annaelaine Annaelaine 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 1

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    Every since highschool started I think I'm starting to get really anxious in social situations. I was never really the shy kid in junior high nor elementary I was always just a...
    TanyaQiu TanyaQiu 70+, F 1 Response Feb 3

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    Recently I have been attempting to socialize online, and yet despite valiant efforts, I have been unable to form and maintain a new social relationship. With great speculation, I...
    andrewphysics andrewphysics 18-21, M 4 Responses Feb 4

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    I haven't been able to go to school for over a week because of my social phobia, tonight my mom is accompanying me to a social phobia kids group. I am terrified
    tugboatcaptain tugboatcaptain 13-15, F Feb 10

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    When I quit my job to pursue my studies, I didn't expect i would still b having social phobia. Even when I was in my teenage years I wasn't that good socializing. I'm 35 now & too...
    absinthe79 absinthe79 22-25, M Feb 10

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    Hey, I'm really glad that this group exists. I have avoidant personality disorder and social phobia is an important part of it. I feel like I'm worthless and I'm terrified of being...
    xForgottenOne xForgottenOne 18-21, F Feb 14

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    Sweat. I felt actual sweat roll down my back the last time I had to be social in a place where I knew no-one. I had hovered on the edge of two conversations, wondered if I'd...
    GenevieveH GenevieveH 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 16

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    My wife asked me to go with her to attend a surprise 50th birthday party for her boss, which included a room full of people I did not know. Just her asking me caused immediate...
    rolywynne rolywynne 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 17

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    Since this is my first post I Im just going to say something about me.I suck at forms of human interaction in general. I spend my life hiding and immersed in books, writing, and...
    FallOutGirl123 FallOutGirl123 16-17, F 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    Ever since I was young, I've been shy and introverted. This has grown into some serious self-confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness issues. You know those people who say they...
    unicornhearts unicornhearts 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    Never thought I would use this metoo thing because I've always be against social networks but for some odd reason, I'm liking this a bit. Maybe I didn't like social networks...
    Goodiegood Goodiegood 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    I have so many unanswered questions. Questions that I cannot even pronounce. Because there are no words for it. Questions of that I'm afraid because I know the answers to them. But...
    RedThatDescribesMe RedThatDescribesMe 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 20

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    social anxiety. yeah. i have it,
    mysteriousnite mysteriousnite 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 1

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    A social butterfly who somehow always manages to get her wings torn off ...
    emiveritas emiveritas 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 1

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    My roommate is having a party tonight and I just don't want to socialize for some reason and I don't know why.
    mvillevamp2013 mvillevamp2013 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 1

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