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05 Dec 2013, 4:38 am

I usually do not. The only time's I do is when it's severely extreme, for example a guy screaming gibberish in public for no reason.

Most my friends have a diagnosed mental disorder. I wouldn't know if they didn't tell me. I don't notice it in myself either. I would have never known I'm different if nobody told me. To me I seem normal and while people in general do seem crazy to me, insane behavior seems normal as well.



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05 Dec 2013, 5:43 am

It depends on how you define odd behavior. I'm sure there are things I don't find odd that others do.

But yes, I do see it in others. I am not blind to people acting weird, saying odd things, moving strangely, and that kind of thing.

One example: A woman in the neighborhood had schizophrenia. I don’t know if it was her disease or her meds but she had a smile that was just wrong. It made her look like someone posing as a human. (That wasn’t just my aspieness reading her incorrectly, I asked my mother and she had the same reaction to that smile). She was creepy.

I am very aware of how it looks when people act oddly in some way, and that's one of the reasons why I'm so determined to rid myself of as much of my weirdness as I possibly can. I don't wish to come off like that and have that affect on anyone.


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05 Dec 2013, 6:44 am

If I were to specifically attempt to identify unusual behavior, then I may be able to do so correctly, but I usually do not pay enough attention to people to note how unusual or usual their behavior is. Of course, when the fellow residents of this dorm hall decided to make loud noises (sometimes involving animal noises) at odds hours of the night, I usually notice if I happen to be awake. :lol:

I usually explain it as this: unless you're walking into a business meeting in a clown suit, I am probably not going to notice that you're peculiar, and, even then, I would attempt to judge it from a purely intellectual viewpoint (I wonder if he's trying to boost morale...maybe his presentation will utilize this?).


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05 Dec 2013, 8:56 am

"Odd behavior" kinda depends on the perspective of that person.

I guess people getting into a really heated argument and then throwing punches in a TGI Fridays would be considered odd. Then again, I have rode on public transportation and seen a guy who was drunk have a full blown conversation with himself late at night, complete with profanity.



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05 Dec 2013, 8:56 am

Usually it has to be very obvious for me to notice, but when I do I wonder if that is how I look to others...



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05 Dec 2013, 1:35 pm

I rode the bus next to a woman with a Target bag on her head the other day. It took me several minutes to think, "Hey... a bag?" :duh:



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05 Dec 2013, 2:36 pm

If it was that obvious yes and it's usually not very good. I already described it in another thread about creeps. Another thing I consider odd behavior is someone screaming for no reason and I see that sometimes when going to work or coming home. Some man walked up to a woman and asked if she could help him for some bus fare and she yelled at him calling him something and he said to the rest of us she was in a bad mood. There was another woman on the train and some man tapped her on the shoulder to tel her she dropped her bus pass and she started going off on him about him getting into her personal space and hurting her. I figured she had sensory issues and she doesn't like unexpected touch but what made me uncomfortable was when she kept going on and on about it and not shutting up being a broken record. Okay we get it, she doesn't like to be tapped on the shoulder and doesn't like to be touched, that was all she had to say, not keep going on and on about it saying it over and over again so I got up and moved down to the other side of the train. Yesterday I was on the train and some woman was talking loud behind me and cursing and then I realized she was crying and she was screaming at her partner but they got off at the transit center.

I am sure I have came off as odd when I would have my episodes in public with my husband or the time I freaked out on my mother on the train in Paris and people didn't want to be near me. People don't know me so they don't know if I am crazy or not or if I will pull a knife on them or start attacking them. I would probably consider this all creepy too since it's unpleasant feelings.


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05 Dec 2013, 3:21 pm

Only always.



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05 Dec 2013, 4:27 pm

I don't really pay much attention to other people or their behaviour unless it causes me some kind of direct distress or joy.

There are a few exceptions. I pay attention to people I like but usually ignore the rest of the population.

Lately I am trying to socialise more and pay more attention though.



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05 Dec 2013, 4:30 pm

coffeebean wrote:
I rode the bus next to a woman with a Target bag on her head the other day. It took me several minutes to think, "Hey... a bag?" :duh:


Why did she have a bag on her head?



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06 Dec 2013, 11:09 am

bumble wrote:
coffeebean wrote:
I rode the bus next to a woman with a Target bag on her head the other day. It took me several minutes to think, "Hey... a bag?" :duh:


Why did she have a bag on her head?


Maybe because of the heavy snow. She had a hat on under that, though.



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06 Dec 2013, 2:16 pm

All the time.

Of course, I find many of the behaviors NTs engage in relatively odd, so maybe it's just me...



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06 Dec 2013, 4:39 pm

I've come across some pretty odd people in my time, particularly on my bus commute to school, like the woman who kept swearing and being verbally aggressive to no one I could see; I thought she was mentally disabled but it turned out she was just drunk. There have been a few people having whole conversations with themselves as well about totally random, disjointed concepts that sounded like schizophrenic delusions or paranoia. Those sorts of people make me very uneasy, so I try not to make the fact that I talk to myself obvious to those around me, I don't want to freak them out.


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06 Dec 2013, 5:40 pm

To go along with public transportation, I've also seen guys on the subway sing along to rap out loud in public at maximum volume in a crowded car at random intervals. Headphones on or not. It comes off as both odd and annoying.



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06 Dec 2013, 6:18 pm

There's a guy who used to work at the local supermarket as a bag technician. He also used to bring in the carts from outside. He was definitely an odd one. He dressed differently, wore hundreds of buttons all over his uniform, and talked loudly. I've overheard him talking to his co-workers several times. He made sense but his topics were way off center. From the way he spoke loudly non-stop I'd guess he was also on the spectrum, but I don't know. I haven't seen him in a few months, though. I wonder what happened.