Wednesday, December 15, 2010

this is me, folks!

Characteristics Psychologist Dr. David Weeks mentions people with a mental illness "suffer" from their behavior while eccentrics are quite happy.  He even states eccentrics are less prone to mental illness than everyone else.
According to studies, there are eighteen distinctive characteristics that differentiate a healthy eccentric person from a regular person or someone who has a mental illness (although some may not always apply). The first five are in most people regarded as eccentric:

Nonconforming attitude

Intense curiosity
Happy obsession with a hobby or hobbies
Knew very early in his or her childhood they were different from others
Highly intelligent
Opinionated and outspoken
Unusual living or eating habits
Not interested in the opinions or company of others
Mischievous sense of humor
Usually the eldest, or an only child


  1. Ms Ladyhalia,

    I think this some me up to a T though I would have added melancholy into the mix sense such types tend towards sensitivity and an ability to easily empathise with others.

    How then could such people not possess a tendency towards melancholy? Did you like being ostracized, and taken fun of, by your family and peers?

    Me neither!

    Menelik Charles
    London UK

  2. Thank you immensely for taking the time to respond to my post, Mr. Menelik. ( Such an interesting name.)Yes, melancholy does follow a person of eccentric temperament. I did not (and do not) relish enduring almost constant criticism of perceived flaws.In turn, I did not achieve any happiness until adulthood.


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