I’ve been doing some research on Eccentricism lately, and this is a short summary of what I found.
Eccentric people may have a ‘strange’ taste in clothes, or have eccentric hobbies or collections they pursue with great vigor. They may have a pedantic and precise manner of speaking, intermingled with inventive wordplay.
According to Weeks’ study, there are fifteen distinctive characteristics that differentiate a healthy eccentric person from a regular person or someone who has a mental illness (although some may not always apply). The first five are found in most people regarded as eccentric:
- Strongly motivated by curiosity
- Idealistic: wants to make the world a better place and the people in it happier
- Happily obsessed with one or more hobbies (usually five or six)
- Aware from early childhood that they are different
- Opinionated and outspoken, convinced that they are right and that the rest of the world is out of step
- Noncompetitive, not in need of reassurance or reinforcement from society
- Unusual in their eating habits and living arrangements
- Not particularly interested in the opinions or company of other people, except in order to persuade them to theirs – the correct – point of view
- Possessed of a mischievous sense of humor
- Usually the eldest or an only child
- Poor speller
Out of 15, I found that 11 of them fit me, and I am enthusiastically content. How about you? How many of these traits do you possess?