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I Question Social Norms

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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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    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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    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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    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 46-50, M Sep 1, 2011

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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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    Social Norms

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

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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 21 Responses Sep 24, 2009

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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 5 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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    Many social norms are freaking stupid

    and I'm going to raise awareness that you can break these norms. You don't have to do what everyone else is.
    IllusionaryGentleman39 IllusionaryGentleman39 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 17

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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 3 Responses Feb 29, 2012

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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 36-40 105 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 3 Responses Apr 27, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    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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    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F 1 day ago

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    I tried to be social for a friend's birthday, but the whole time I was there I hated it, and I could tell I wasnt wanted their. I feel as if all friends are lost. I guess that what...
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    sk8rkm77 sk8rkm77 13-15, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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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...
    NottsProfGent NottsProfGent 46-50, M a week ago

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    Jugemu Jugemu 31-35, M 1 Response a week ago

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    Back in the times when technology had not taken over people's minds and lives, people used to live in colonies. As a group. Large cities were not prevalent then. So, each...
    kasiyat kasiyat 26-30, F Aug 24

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    I'm perfectly fine talking in front of people. I have play theater whit audience over 400 people. I can talk to strangers and ask what time it is. But I can't go to parties or...
    Stanpines Stanpines 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 23

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    Hipstercatlover Hipstercatlover 16-17, F 5 Responses Aug 23

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    Aaaashton Aaaashton 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    EwItsMe EwItsMe 13-15, F Aug 22

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    BlotOutTheSun BlotOutTheSun 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 21

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    While appreciating all the advice that I can get, I do not feel comfortable sharing my life on a social site.
    Soossie Soossie 51-55, F Aug 20

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    Who has time for a social life? Single mom, and a career. No time for anything else!
    NaughtySue NaughtySue 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 20

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    LoveIsWithinYou LoveIsWithinYou 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 20

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    hallow1331 hallow1331 13-15, F Aug 19

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    This thing has made turned my life an agonizingly lonely existence. Really. I don't believe that I'm exaggerating when I say "agonizing". May social anxiety die the quickest, yet...
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 2 Responses Aug 18

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    Literally spent the first 4 days of school shaking uncontrollably, hyperventilating, teeth chattering, and avoiding eye contact with everyone. Just moved to a new school and I...
    brokenangel14 brokenangel14 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 17

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    Social anxiety is being afraid of being judged, or not being liked by someone else. I hate having social anxiety. Is there medication for this?
    Abbyi25 Abbyi25 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 15

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    Sweaty palms, unsteady hands, my body shaking, almost vibrating. I can feel my throat close up, I am unable to speak. My eyes get blurry, and I hold back tears. I experience these...
    awakenstarchild awakenstarchild 18-21, F Aug 15

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    Not traditional social anxiety it's more of anxiety of feeling others feelings and knowing better to address them.
    lostinlife2 lostinlife2 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 14

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    I think it started when I was 12 years old. At school it was tough, I was bullied and also one of my teacher was a complete jerk. After that I started to be afraid of people, and...
    Chesster90 Chesster90 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 14

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