Normalizing Deviant Behavior

Friday, October 24, 2008

Normalizing Deviant Behavior

Sounds dramatic, eh?
I heard this term in a defensive driving class I took the other day. What it basically means is excusing behavior that is not normal or right, and making it seem like it’s right. And as I kept thinking about this, I thought “That’s what I’ve been doing with my health and weight!”

I have been “normalizing” or accepting my HORRIBLE treatment of my body. I’ve been acting like it’s normal to weigh this and not exercise regularly and to eat badly. It’s not normal! Or healthy or good or anything! Oh, I’ve know I need to lose weight, obviously that’s why I’m on the site…but all the excuses to miss the gym, or the morning mochas, all that isn’t really NORMAL, and it all certainly goes against everything that I know that I should be doing.

I’ve also known that I’ve been cheating myself by not being consistent, and that I truly am my only obstacle. But for some reason, thinking about like this, that I’m normalizing deviant behavior (such a naughty phrase!) made me really take notice. I have the phrase on my computer at work, and I’m thinking about sticking it up around home too, to just remind myself of what it means, and what I’ve been doing to my body and mind.
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  • IWILLBE145
    "Normalizing Deviant Behavior" ~ What an amazing way of looking at the way we excuse our own bad habits!

    It is amazing how putting a label on it and calling it what it really is can motivate you to make positive changes in your behavior!

    I LIKE IT!!

    Thanks for the great thought provoking phrase!

    4412 days ago
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