Tuesday, 6 November 2007
The situation has returned to normal.
Exams are over. Now I can take a pot shot at a psychology 'holy cow'.
Someone out there, maybe not a psychologist but they certainly adopted the idea with relish, someone out there decided that anyone who did not fit within the bounds of what was considered 'normal' must, logically, be abnormal.
It has nasty connotations.
Say someone is abnormal and you automatically think bad.
I prefer to consider it as common and uncommon.
I have long used two small jokes on the subject. The first is an observation that if everyone was like me then I would be normal. And the second is that things have now returned to normal but you do have to remember what passes for normal around here.
All of the people who write books, compose music, create things of beauty in any domain, who do the things that the average person can't or wont, are abnormal in the technical sense.
I don't think that is a bad thing.