Interesting idea for a thread... maybe this is a social experiment of sorts.
I always assumed eccentricity was a trait that very few people shared and even fewer were aware of their eccentric personality.
Looking at that assumption and reading the replies by ATS members, it may be safe to say the OP has not described an eccentric personality or
existence, but quite the opposite.
The number of individuals who were compatible with the descriptions of the OP is obviously a large majority of those who have chosen to post. That may
be because only those who felt connection replied, but that's not my opinion. Based on the number of stars this thread has garnered, it appears that a
substantial percentage of the ATS membership can relate to the descriptions.
The lack of post-OP interaction by the author could also point to a social experiment where they have been monitoring responses to determine input for
variables of the exercise, but not absolutely so.
The fact that so many members were able to relate to the qualities described could point to ATS being a magnet for eccentric individuals or to the
fact that what we believe to be eccentric is not eccentric at all, but is quite normal for a majority of the population.
Many people may internalize emotions and introspective thought in ways that closely match these descriptions, but when in a social atmosphere they
appear completely normal in the eyes of others present. Our personalities provide those we know with details that allow them to create their
perception of us, even though we may completely disagree with their perception - it probably works both ways when the roles are reversed.
If this is the case, then what is the true nature of eccentricity? Where can a proper personality analysis be reviewed to determine what defines a
truly eccentric person and lifestyle?
It may be much different than a simple definition of the word. Looking inside ourselves, to create an understanding of who we are, may lead us to feel
unique compared to all others and, because of that, we assume we are eccentric.
It could be similar to many other aspects of the human condition, in that most people with clinically diagnosed personality traits - such as bi-polar
disorder, schizophrenia, delusional behavior, manic, and narcissistic as well as many others - tend to go unnoticed by the victim.
Many times these individuals have no clue anything is wrong, until they are taken to the Dr., subsequently diagnosed, and prescribed treatment. Even
then many patients continue to deny the Dr.’s diagnosis, believing they are normal, then convincing themselves to stop supervised medical treatment
altogether and opt for self medicating schedule that almost always fails.
Those reasons are why I think it may be very rare to have someone accurately diagnose themselves eccentric. Those who are eccentric may not understand
their actions as irregular behavior, instead believing they are normal.
Maybe the real eccentrics are just the opposite of the OP’s description, not realizing their personality uniqueness and therefore unable to describe
or diagnose themselves as eccentric personality.
Maybe we can get some info that would allow us to compare the traits of the OP against other possible personality types, in order to better determine
what defines eccentricity.
The quickest way to do that would be to ask, will all the members who DO NOT! fit the definition of an eccentric person by the OP‘s standards,
please comment and let us know in what way your emotions and thoughts differ from the OP’s description of eccentric behavior?
edit on 17-6-2012 by esteay812 because: tyops