Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Eccentric People

I've been forced to deal with quite a few "eccentric" people lately, most recently a rude, oblivious, fuzzy around the edges (not so sharp) LTC. This brings a question to mind, why are there so many "eccentric" people here? It really seems like there is a giant space ship traveling around the globe picking up all of the “eccentric” (read: oblivious, curmudgeonly, rude, unhygienic, oddly shaped, mentally challenged, psychologically warped, etc.) misfits, putting them in shipping containers and addressing them to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. And I'm not just speaking of people in the military. I'm also speaking of the Third Country Nationals, the contractors, the DoD Civilians, everyone. The "weird" factor here is getting pretty high.

An irritating fact about eccentric people is that they know they are different and are pleased with that fact. And aside from being odd and irritating, eccentrics are generally very happy people, oblivious to the fact that they rub 90% of the people they come into contact with the wrong way. Or maybe they just don't care. Having said that, I ask this question. Is unusual behavior, a general disregard for societal norms, beneficial to mental health?

David Weeks came up with a list of 15 characteristics of eccentric people.

o nonconforming
o creative (I love this one)
o strongly curious
o idealistic
o happily obsessed with a hobby
o aware of being different from early childhood
o intelligent
o opinionated and outspoken
o noncompetitive
o unusual eating or living habits
o not interested in the opinions or company of others
o mischievous sense of humor
o single
o eldest or only child
o bad speller

.... wait... that sounds like me! Oh well. I guess being eccentric isn't all that bad after all.


The Auditors of Tulsa said...

Hi Sojack!

This weekend I should be finding out if I will be making my way over to Kuwait in the next few months. I'm supposed to be contacted by CSA about a position.

What are the base facilities like there? I haven't been able to get much info, but I would assume they would be like most army installations. Is there a PX and commissary?

If you get a chance, you can drop me a line at rrose@ci.tulsa.ok.us

Hope to be hearing from you.


Tacey said...

Speaking as a mental health professional AND a sociologist who digs certain aspects of our society and despises others, I would have to say that a general disregard for societal norms is usually healthy and only sometimes not...as in the true antisocial personality. Societal change has only come about when individuals who disregard the common social mores begin to establish new ones...