People think I’m WEIRD. What do I do?!

Absolutely nothing! Being WEIRD is like a superpower, and it's nothing to be ashamed of—but it can be hard to be different from the rest. If you're feeling a little self-conscious about your WEIRDness, don't worry, you're in good company. Here are a few tips to help you embrace your inner WEIRDness. And guess what? Anybody who is judging you can go kick rocks. They’re probably just jealous that you’re not afraid to live an authentic life.


5 Things to do if people think you're weird


  1. Remember that the only voice that matters is the one in your head, so don’t listen to the haters. Be your own biggest fan and say nice things to yourself. A lot of times when people say negative things about you, it’s because they’re self-conscious about themselves.

  2. Remember that normal = boring: Let's face it, normal is like watching beige paint dry. The people who are truly interesting and memorable are the ones who are a little different. Being normal is like eating plain oatmeal every day. Get WEIRD and be a hot dog on a bagel with jalapeño peppers and guacamole on top.

  3. If you're feeling down because people think you're WEIRD, surround yourself with other WEIRD-os. Whether it's your friends, family, or co-workers, surrounding yourself with people who appreciate your WEIRDness will lift you up.

  4. Laugh at yourself: Sometimes the best way to deal with feelings of self-consciousness is to have a good laugh. Remember: the best way to show the world that you're comfortable with your WEIRDness is to have a good sense of humor about it. It's like putting on a plastic banana nose—suddenly everything feels a little less serious.

  5. Remember that life is short and we’re all just floating through space on a giant rock. Be yourself and have fun doing it. Don’t look back on your life and regret not getting as WEIRD as possible.


So If people think you're WEIRD, that’s awesome. Embrace it! Being WEIRD is what makes life interesting. After all, who wants to be normal when you can be a walking, talking, tea-drinking WEIRD-o?