Despite all our attempts – I’d even say our programming – to fit in, we have often convinced ourselves that we are outliers, cut off from the world, different from others, in the most miniscule of things. When we look back at ourselves – and it is almost part of our being human that we try and analyse all that we see, we need to create categorisations for people and, as a result, we apply the same rules to ourselves, too – we label ourself the oddity far too often.
The reason for this is either our distinct need to feel special and unique, to be different but in a positive manner or because we just haven’t interacted with others enough and when the simplest of thoughts, feelings, occur to us the first time, we automatically assume that we are, indeed, the first heralds of such a thought. This attitude permeates all aspects of our life, from the tiniest of things, such as the musing of a fellow blogger on gaming,
I used to be believe that I was the only one who put too much emphasis on naming my protagonists,
to the reflections of many of their depression.
Dare I say, this leads to unrealistic expectations of ourselves and haughtiness. In the second case, it leads to an ever-ending cycle of social isolation and depression.
There exists an unstated but almost omnipresent culture of perceived mental isolation within our societies
This is where the blogosphere and internet in general is really beneficial and empowering, perhaps helping more than years of therapy could. It is a medium that is impersonal enough to allow people to express their deepest thoughts without fear of repercussion or the anxiety that is often accompanied with talking about our deepest and most profound fears and feelings face to face. It is also a medium that is accessible enough for most to utilise it and, so, realise that they aren’t the only one, that they aren’t special or weird, above or below anyone else. Whatever they have experienced, there are millions of others – and I assure you there are! – that also share their experience. Not only does it deal with this particular problem but also allows us to empathise and connect with people in general, as it eliminates this feeling of isolation.