Weird, Or Just Different?

Q: I feel different from other people. I’m not weird, but I’m in the minority and I don’t fit into any stereotypical “box.” How can I deal with this feeling?

A: Actually, some people ARE uncomfortable with the unusual or different at first. But for most people, the discomfort dissipates once they see YOU are comfortable with it. If you’re skilled at humor (which most are not, but if you are, it’s great), then you can sometimes disarm people with a humorous comment that lets them know that YOU know of the fact of your difference and are comfortable with it. More often and more realistically, you simply proceed with them in a comfortable way, and they’ll forget. Humor is a nice touch when it’s possible, but don’t mess with it if you’re unsure because it can backfire easily.