Are you sick of wearing a mask? Of pretending to everyone else that you have it all together, all the time? In an online forum, people gathered to discuss things people do when no one is looking, but secretly judge others for or feel ashamed of. If you’re holding yourself to an unrealistic standard, reading this list should make you feel better.
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1. Panic Cleaning Before People Come Over
Many people feel inclined to apologize about the state of their home, even when people pop by unannounced. Some will even rush to clean before their friends come over and still apologize.
Even if we’re all pretending that we don’t do this, sometimes having an incentive to clean can be helpful.
2. Picking Your Nose
According to their dad, one user states, “It is not the picking of the nose that separates us, but what comes after.” Another said that they have had people insist they don’t pick their nose, and they’re confident those folks are lying.
3. Practicing Conversations or Dialogue
Although this might be more of a neurodivergent thing, many people overthink conversations or plan what they will say beforehand.
One commenter stated, “I can have both sides of an argument with someone alone in my own head.” However, I recently learned that some people don’t have a dialogue, which would make this quite tricky.
4. Farting (Especially in Public)
Everyone toots, and we need to normalize it! One person told a story about a man who warned him about the foul smell he’d left behind in an aisle and how appreciative he was of the warning.
Another person shared a story about a time between her and her boyfriend at the beginning of their relationship, wherein she farted non-stop the entire flight. He was so angry about the person farting but didn’t realize it was her until later. Now, he knows the truth, and they can laugh about it.
5. Looking up Words We Pretend To Know
Whether you’re in an online argument or listening to a lecture, why isn’t it normal to have to look up the definition of a word or two? You can’t be expected to know everything, but people constantly act like they do.
Even if you’re intelligent and well-read, you may look up words you use to double-check the meaning.
6. Judging Other People
“I’m not judgmental” is a common phrase that people use, sometimes even while making a judgmental statement about someone else. The judgment itself is not inherently bad or good, as we constantly use our sense of judgment to make decisions. However, we should all admit that we make assumptions about others, regardless of the reasoning.
7. Holding Yourself To Unrealistic Expectations
Most people know and understand other people’s limits but fail to offer themselves the same grace. Perfectionism, to whatever degree, leads many to believe that everyone else is a “brilliant overachiever” but consider themselves a “lazy idiot,” as one person put it.
8. Talking To Ourselves
It was once considered a sign of mental illness if someone talked to themselves, so people started acting like this wasn’t normal.
One person mentioned that their psychology professor in college spoke on this, stating, “It is alright to talk to yourself, and it is alright to answer yourself as long as you know that it is you answering. If this comes into question, seek professional help.”
9. Pretend Not to See Cash Fall Out of a Card
One person says, “I don’t know if we all do it, but open a card and pretend not to see cash fall out while reading the card. Haha.”
Seeing as the comment received 14,000 likes, it seems like a common habit no one wants to cop to.
10. Lying About Receiving or Reading Texts
Back in the day, we didn’t have to worry so much about responding to communication from others immediately. “Sorry, I didn’t see this!” is perhaps one of the biggest lies people tell today, regardless of whether they have read receipts.
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