Something that needs to change about this society we all live in is social norms. Why is it that when someone behaves a different way than most others, he is ignored or considered strange? I'm a person who dislikes speaking or presenting my own opinion in front of others. I feel that people of this sort of personality are silently judged as weird or mentally strange by their peers. I've noticed that if someone has a different-than-normal preference in the type of video game they play, or type of music they listen to, or type of television they watch, they are immediately met by a response of "Wow, you actually like that?" Why do we generalize and classify people based on their likes, dislikes, and ideals? I've silently judged the people around me before, so this makes me feel like a total hypocrite, but all humans have done it before. I'd like to take this opportunity to ask this, though. Why do we have a natural repulsion for people who are naturally different, and, more importantly, why can we sometimes refuse to get to know someone simply because we don't like their beliefs or preferences?
People naturally gravitate towards people that are similar to themselves, or at least how they perceive themselves. They feel that those like them are more likely to be honest towards them, and support them.
Whereas people perceived to be different cannot be trusted as much, simply because they are different.