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Have you ever had a habit that you thought was normal until someone pointed it out? The question is asked: “What’s a habit of yours that you thought was normal until someone pointed it out?” Join us as we explore candid stories and perspectives shared by contributors, delving into the fascinating realm of self-awareness and the surprising discoveries we make about ourselves through the eyes of others. Through these shared experiences, we gain a deeper understanding of the subtle nuances that shape our individuality and the value of open-mindedness in appreciating the diverse tapestry of human behavior.
To begin, someone said, “Apparently, I slam the car door unusually hard. Had a co-worker pull me aside and tell me that another co-worker who I frequently got rides with had mentioned it to her but didn’t want to say anything. I’ve tried to be less forceful with my car door closing since then. I think I just want to be sure it closes properly, so I shut it hard.”
Grammar and Language
A user said, “Growing up in Pennsylvania, I always thought it was normal, correct grammar to drop the “to be” from a verb in the passive voice (i.e., “the car needs washed” vs. “the car needs to be washed”). Some friends finally pointed it out to me when I was in college, and it kind of blew my mind/was slightly embarrassing, but today I can’t stop hearing it whenever I go home to visit family.”
A second user added, “I used to put an r in the word vehicle, so it sounded like vearcle. That was a fun one to learn from a group of friends.”
Eating and Drinking Habits
One comment was, “I eat around 80% of my meal, then take a small break before finishing the remaining 20%.”
A second comment was. “I never figured out how to properly drink fluids. When I drink something, I keep the fluid in my cheeks like a chipmunk, then swallow it. It took one of my friends pointing it out to me to realize that it wasn’t normal. I can’t “chug” stuff because it ALWAYS makes me gag and choke, so that’s how I’ve always drunk things. Taking pills sucks.”
One user said, “I rub my feet together or rub one on my bed when I lay down..”
Another user added, “Apparently, I sleep weird. I usually sleep completely under the covers, head and all, with my arms kind of splayed over my head/face.”
A person said, “I was not aware of it, but when I get to the point where I want to end a conversation, I place the palms of my hands on the underside of the opposite arms and slide from elbow to palm. Not intentional. SO pointed it out. I said, “And that is why I will never play poker.”
Another person added, “I never really noticed it, but I never make eye contact when I’m talking to someone. It’s not like a nervous thing; I just never do it, so I really have to focus if I’m at a job interview or another important event.”
Personal Grooming and Hygiene
One user said, “My twin brother and I showered together until 5th grade. We didn’t think it was weird until our friend asked us one day if we had just taken a shower together. At the time, it seemed completely normal, but it’s very obvious now how weird that was.”
A second user replied, “Standing while pooping (sort-of, cause it wasn’t me). I accidentally opened the bathroom door of a friend doing this. He thought it was normal because his mom made him do it like that. He thought everyone did it that way, and in movies and on tv, the only reason they sat was because they were tired of taking too many shots.”
One comment was, “Constantly cracking and stretching my limbs to relieve pain. The first time it was pointed out as really freaky was in my freshman year when I hyperextended my leg to the point that it looked broken. I freaked out the girl next to me in the gym so bad she swore really loudly. Then everyone wanted to see me do it, and I was baffled that no one else could do it. Anyways, turns out I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the collagen production in my body, making me very stretchy.”
A person shared, “I audibly sigh when I sit down. I never even realized this until about a year ago when a roommate pointed it out. Turns out my father is a sigh-sitter too.”
Study or Work Habits
One comment was, “When I’m concentrating really hard, I stick my tongue out. Apparently I’ve done it since I was a kid. Never realized I was doing it until my sister pointed out that my son does it too. Now every once in a while, I’ll break my concentration by realizing I’m doing it.“
Another comment was, “I chew on the inside of my cheeks when I’m concentrating on something.”
One person said, “Apologizing for everything. I thought I was being polite and normal until a friend pointed it out and said how annoying it was.”
A second person added, “Such is my excitement when receiving food from a waiter, I sing ‘yum yum yum yum’ under my breath as they put it down in front of me. Didn’t realize it was weird until my partner pointed it out while barely containing his laughter.”
A user replied, “When I’m in a car, I’ll plug the seatbelt in, tug on it, then lean towards the closest door. A friend of mine pointed it out after years of seeing me do it. I got in a bad car accident a month before my 18th birthday where the seatbelt popped out of the latch and nearly sent me through the windshield, which caused me to do this.”
Someone shared, “Complaining. Would do it all the time over the littlest of stuff. One day in seventh grade, after being annoyed by some kids skipping the lunch line, I went back to my table and started to complain and whine. My friend made a backhand comment about it, and instead of saying or doing anything, I was just totally shocked. I realized right there how much I actually complained about just about anything. It didn’t take me long, once I went home or visited my grandparents, to see who I got it from. Changing that habit was slow, but it really has made my life way more positive.”
One interesting comment said, “Not a habit, but I sneeze when I get horny and dated someone who did the same thing…”
A user said, “When I’m in a clothing store, I touch all the clothes to see what they feel like, even if I think it’s ugly.”
Another user replied, “I store my pajamas under my pillow for safekeeping until the next night. Didn’t know this wasn’t common practice until a friend pointed it out.”
Finally, someone said, “I yawn a lot when I get nervous. Didn’t notice this until my Dad pointed it out. I would always yawn before any big game, public speaking, or job interview. I think people used to get upset because they would think I was bored and uninterested. Now I try so hard to hide my yawns, but it doesn’t always work.”
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