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I can’t stand small repetitive noises, like fingernails drumming or a pen clicking. Drives me up the wall & I can’t concentrate on anything else.
Labels in clothing with those scratchy edges (a common one, I know.)
Anything snug-fitting on my arms. (Like a long-sleeved T-shirt that is tight in the arms.)
Side conversations in a meeting (can NOT concentrate on the main speaker!)
Hi Terri! Here’s my quirky list 🙂 Some are similar – especially the reading lips – very difficult lately to “hear” others with masks 😉
I eat the same lunch every day!
The sound and even the sight of someone brushing teeth gives me the willies (and they seem to do it in every.single.movie.) My round-headed electric is the only way I can brush.
I will save any bug or critter that enters my home or workplace. Mosquitoes excepted. Gnats too, but the geckos here find their way in as soon as a spoiled banana begins attracting them, so win win there.
Avid birder – we’re a quirky bunch too!
I can spend hours exploring my backyard for any new insects, animals, or plants – and spend more hours identifying them!
You’ve made a useful point with “stop pathologizing” – “No apologies. No pathologies” could be a motto for some of us who feel awkward enough about how we function, searching for an answer in illness… We could achieve a more fulfilling life and sense of self by identifying our strengths and weaknesses , limiting/corraling the weaknesses, creating new strengths and reinforcing them, rather than giving focusing to or dwelling on what we cannot do. We only have so much energy, so don’t waste it on negative mental pursuits – be constructive!
Everyone has their quirks, some more than others (lol). To add mine to the list: Uncontrollable reaction (okay, just a scream): rodents, snakes of any kind (they aren’t ALL killers – some of them are said to be quite “sweet”, but I’m not going to take the time to figure out “who is who” …), fast-crawling insects. And mayonnaise – I have screamed when mayonnaise fell between my toes. I am 67 years old, I’ve had many years of experience with all of the above and I’m still as reactive as I was 60+ years ago. It is what it is… And it’s likely that only the mayonnaise bit is possibly ADHD-related (more lol).
Thank you for your blogs, Terry.
I can’t stand the sound of someone tapping or clicking their pen anywhere around me. I will just blurt out the person’s name and tell them to please stop. Also, the sound of cutting fingernails with a nail clipper. That just skeeves me out. I have to smooth out the sheets around me before I am able to get comfortable to fall asleep in bed. And, does anybody else turn the freaking car radio down when exiting a freeway?