Losing individuality.

“I’m not like most girls.”
– most girls.

An amusing and unsettlingly true observation.

We all think of ourselves as unique, special, different from everyone else. But we ALL think this. Therefore, putting ourselves in the same boat as everyone else.

Derren Brown did a very interesting experiment recently, based on the concept of Cold Reading – more specifically, the Forer Experiment. He took a small group of random people he had never met before, and through them simply writing their name and date of birth on a piece of paper, he appeared to write a personalised description of each person, their darkest fears, their social status, their hidden thoughts, dreams, desires, and anticipations.

Each person read their descriptions, and could not believe how accurate Derren had been. They commented on how he highlighted aspects of their personality that were so unique and individual to themselves. They were asked to rate the overall accuracy of the statement, and each person rated incredibly high, many unable to find a single incorrect observation.

Derren then got each person to swap descriptions with each other.

All of the descriptions were the same.

I read the text that he used for everyone, and true enough, I found myself completely relating to it.. it was like it was written for me, and me alone. I literally couldn’t, and still can’t, believe that anyone else could feel like I do!

Derren even cleverly wrote to everyone at the end, “It’s very interesting doing your reading in particular, as you present something of a conundrum, which won’t surprise you.”

We all think ourselves so unique, so different from any other. We feel cheated by the idea that we think and feel in the same way. You feel cheated, don’t you.

I bet you’re sat there thinking, “Oh, I bet it wouldn’t relate to me. I’m different.” But I thought the same as you. The sad truth is, you are the same as me, and everyone else on this planet.

Yeah. I don’t like that either.

I guess we all spend so much time trying to make ourselves stand out, but it doesn’t make any difference, because we’re ALL doing it!

Either way, I’d still like to think I’m different from everyone else.

A photo of me when I was little below. I challenge you sit there and tell me that there’s someone else out there who was so goddamned cute as a kid.

Seeeeeeeeee. I am different! ;)


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. andy1076
    Jan 12, 2012 @ 06:36:38

    Well said, such an adorable you too!! :D


  2. zorgor
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 03:24:00

    That experiment is great! He’s exposing the secret of ‘psychics’. This is disappointing to realize at first, but I guess I have had some time to get used to the truth of this. I am a Buddhist, and have been pondering the ‘illusory ego’ for a few years now…

    In this vein, I saw your post earlier this month with the photo from the top of La Tour Eiffel. This is the second photo of Paris I’ve seen someone post that is *the exact same shot* I took there. :) The other was of the gargoyle at the top of Notre Dame with the Eiffel Tower in the background. It’s amazing how they don’t even need to post signs saying ‘c’est un bon endroit pour une photo’ — everyone can already tell it seems.

    And thanks for visiting my blog! :)


    • TLS
      Jan 13, 2012 @ 13:13:58

      Yep, he’s the best at what he does and he often let’s us know how he’s doing it – never claiming to have psychic powers, but he has an incredible ability to read humans!
      I love the Buddhist teachings, I’m technically a Christian myself (baptised and confirmed).. But I love taking the best bits out of every religion and trying to be the best I can be from that.
      Wow, really?! That’s lovely, it is indeed a beautiful view from that angle.
      No problem, thanks so much for visiting mine! :)


  3. Tincup
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 07:18:31

    hmm…well, there are some individuals that have been remarkable…but in the end, we all have the same basic needs as the animals. I wonder why we have an Ego. I wonder why we have been equipped with this idea that we are all so special.


  4. oddbydefault
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 15:01:31

    I thought it’d be hilarious if I could prove this photo is actually of me…. but try as I might, I can’t. You really were – and are – so sweet!


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