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Think you're special? That just proves you're normal | Oliver Burkeman

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/may/04/think-special-just-proves-you-are-normal

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Think you're special? That just proves you're normal | Oliver Burkeman
Among the creepier experiences of modern life is one that happens to me, though definitely not just me, on a regular basis: I'll meet a friend for a drink, he'll recommend some book or film or product he thinks I'll like, and then, within days - without searching for it online - I'll start seeing targeted web ads for it.

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We are predictable

Most of us are more normal and far less special than we'd like to believe. 

Thinking you are different is just one more way in which you're normal. 

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Illusory superiority

Your intelligence, your creativity, the degree to which the world has mistreated you are all normal and less quirky than you think.

Most people think they're above average drivers or they are...

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Normal is good

Don't feel repelled by the normal. The ordinary is what shapes you. To dislike the normal means disdain for most of what happens in your life.  But that is normal too. However, it's a recipe f...

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