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  1. Withdrawn

    Withdrawn Well-Known Member

    ... you see a sitting person rocking back and forth?
    ... you see a person flapping his/her hands almost all the time?
    ... you see a person who never talks?
    ... you see a person sitting down in corners?
    ... you see a person with empty staring eyes?

    I'm so curious. :hug: Please tell me.
     
  2. ZombiePringle

    ZombiePringle Forum Buddy and Antiquities Friend

    - I've done that.. I think sometimes I rock back and forth when I'm having bad anxiety. I would probably see if the person is okay..
    - I would think that maybe they just have a hard time staying still
    -Just would think they aren't a talkative person. I don't talk much either.
    -its probably just where they are comfortable.
    -I would think they are just deep in thought.
     
  3. Decode

    Decode Well-Known Member

    -I would think they were troubled, had something on there mind.
    -I would think maybe they had some kind of mental problem.
    -I would think they was shy or something was worrying them. I don't really talk unless i'm prompted to.
    -I would think they was sad, scared.
    -I would think he/she was deep in thought, day dreaming, distracted.
     
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  4. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    my first thought is sadness for that person and how that person needs some help maybe support
     
  5. Scully

    Scully Well-Known Member

    ... you see a sitting person rocking back and forth?
    ... you see a person flapping his/her hands almost all the time?
    ... you see a person who never talks?
    ... you see a person sitting down in corners?
    ... you see a person with empty staring eyes?


    Except the corners I do all that, and yes I think I have Asperger's Syndrome.
     
  6. Withdrawn

    Withdrawn Well-Known Member

    Thank you. :laugh:
    I just wanted to see how random people think.
    Here are what they wrote to me (your answers are not here):

    1. What do you think if you see a person rocking back and forth?
    - I think the person cannot sit still and they have to move themself. (Female 14 years old)
    - Nothing special. It happens now and then that someone rocks a litte back and forth. It's not very unusual. (Female 15 years old)
    - That the person is upset, and that there's something in the situation that bothers them. (Female 16 years old)
    - I would probably think the person had a disease. (Female 15 years old)
    - That something is wrong, obviously. A mentally ill person, I'd suppose. Or drunk. Depends on the face. (Female 19 years old)
    - My first thought when you asked me the question was that I recall a scene from a TV program where a boy is sitting down,
    rocking back and forth, while saying: "She knows, she knows, she knows". Haha, maybe a strange answer but that was my first thought. (Female 17 years old)
    - I would be irritated. (Female 13 years old)
    - The person must suffer greatly or have huge problems. (Female 14 years old)
    - It depends on whom it is. If it was a person having an illness, which you can see immediately (I guess), I would feel sorry for them.
    If people would stare at this person I would be very annoyed. Everybody should show respect, because you can't help it if you are ill.
    If the person was a child I would not give a damn about it, I suppose the child was playing then. If it was an adolescence or an adult, I would just find it silly. (Female 13 years old)
    - Poor him/her! I myself sit like that when I'm having anxiety. (Female 19 years old)
    - First I would look at the person with a strange gaze, and wonder if anything bad had happened or if the person was just ugly. Maybe CP impaired! I would still don't care. (Female 13 years old)
    - The circumstances decide. Nervousness, freak out - there are a lot of reasons. (Female 18 years old)
    - That the person must have a rough time of it. (Female 17 years old)
    - I would wonder if they needed to go to the toilet. (Female 15 years old)
    - I would wonder if they were drunk. (Female 16 years old)
    - "What's your problem?" (Female 19 years old)
    - That the person has a disorder or is mentally ill. (Female 21 years old)
    - "Weird". (Female 21 years old)
    - That the person will faint soon. (Female 14 years old)

    2. What do you think if you see a person flapping their hands?
    - Perhaps they are joyful. (Female 14 years old)
    - Flapping their hands? It depends on the situation, you know. But I wouldn't find it strange or something.
    I have some friends who do spontanous things all the time, like throwing themselves towards a wall,
    so it wouldn't surprise me if a person started to flap their hands a little. (Female 15 years old)
    - I would think the person had a disease. (Female 15 years old)
    - That the person is stressed. (Female 19 years old)
    - I would wonder if the person could fly. (Female 17 years old)
    - Haha ... I would think the person was disturbed in his/her head. (Female 13 years old)
    - "Okay ... You can not fly!" (Female 14 years old)
    - That they either want something, or just wave to somebody. I don't know. (Female 13 years old)
    - "God, that's annoying!" (Female 17 years old)
    - That the person communicates through his/her hands. (Female 15 years old)
    - I would wonder what they were doing. (Female 16 years old)
    - "Okay? Problems?!" (Female 19 years old)
    - That the person looks commonly funny. (Female 21 years old)
    - "Strange". (Female 21 years old)
    - "Hmm ... Is there something wrong with them?" (Female 10 years old)
    - That the person is bored. (Female 14 years old)
    - I would find it peculiar. (Female 12 years old)
    - "What the hell is he/she doing?" and then I'd ask. (Male 15 years old)
    - I would want them to stop doing that. (Male 11 years old)

    3. What do you think if you see a person who never talks?
    - That the person is very shy and that I should talk to them. (Female 14 years old)
    - If a person never talks, people look at them as shy, or something. At least I would consider the person as shy. (Female 15 years old)
    - That I would like to be that person, because I don't want to talk either. (Female 16 years old)
    - That the person has a poor self confidence and perhaps not a friend. (Female 19 years old)
    - I would think about whether the person was mute or just generally strange. (Female 17 years old)
    - I would wonder what's wrong with them. (Female 13 years old)
    - "Are you asleep?" (Female 14 years old)
    - I would think that the person was peculiar. If he/she was completely quiet, I would probably try to come in contact with him/her. (Female 13 years old)
    - I have a classmate like that. In the beginning, I felt sorry for her, but now I just think she's disgusting and retarded. (Female 19 years old)
    - I would find it a little scary. If they talked to the teacher, then it wouldn't be so scary, but if they don't even do that ... Oh my God! (Female 13 years old)
    - That would be very strange. (Female 17 years old)
    - It would be strange, but I would try to come in contact with the person through Facebook and ask: "How are you?". (Female 16 years old)
    - I would try to find a way to help him/her. (Female 19 years old)
    - That something is wrong. (Female 21 years old)

    4. What do you think if you see a person sitting down in corners?
    - That the person is sad. (Female 14 years old)
    - That is pretty normal. I wouldn't think so much about it. (Female 15 years old)
    - I have no idea, because I have never experienced that before. (Female 16 years old)
    - That the person was scared. (Female 15 years old)
    - That the person is feeling pressed or horrified of the situation or the circumstances. (Female 19 years old)
    - I would find it depressing and ask the person how they were feeling. (Female 17 years old)
    - I'd wonder if the person was bullied. (Female 13 years old)
    - "It's way more comfortable to sit on a sofa or something, dude." (Female 14 years old)
    - I would wonder what was wrong with the person, and just let them sit there. (Female 13 years old)
    - Maybe the person wants to be alone. Maybe they're sad or hurt. Maybe they are just a little ugly. (Female 13 years old)
    - "Oh, he/she must be alone" and then I'd say hello to him/her. (Female 17 years old)
    - That the person is sad or something. (Female 15 years old)
    - Strange! I mean, people just don't sit down on the floor like that. (Female 16 years old)
    - "Sourpuss?" (Female 19 years old)
    - That they were tired. (Female 21 years old)
    - That the person is a little childish. (Female 21 years old)

    5. What do you think if you see a person with empty staring eyes?
    - I would wonder what they were thinking about. (Female 14 years old)
    - What kind of staring eyes? A person can start staring if they are stuck in their thoughts, or if they are panicked. That's not unusual. (Female 15 years old)
    - "Wow, that person must be bored." If the person was staring at me, I would stare back. (Female 16 years old)
    - Creepy, really creepy. (Female 15 years old)
    - That the person is affected by something. But this is also something that can happen while daydreaming. (Female 19 years old)
    - I would find it a little scary, and even scarier if the person was staring at me. (Female 17 years old)
    - "Is that person dead? No, wait, it's a zombie!" (Female 14 years old)
    - Then I would think that something horrible had happened to the person. Or that they're just feeling bad. (Female 13 years old)
    - Scary! I would absolutely not like that. (Female 13 years old)
    - "Ugh, creepy person!" (Female 17 years old)
    - A scary figure who is lost in his/her mind. (Female 15 years old)
    - Stuck in their glance? (Female 16 years old)
    - "What's your problem?!" (Female 19 years old)
    - That the person is thinking of something. (Female 21 years old)
    - I would find the person frightening. (Female 21 years old)
     
  7. plates

    plates Well-Known Member

    I'd think the person was anxious/distressed to be around people and their reactions, completely understandable.

    Do the responses you posted have an effect on you, Withdrawn? Especially the unhelpful ones?
     
  8. Withdrawn

    Withdrawn Well-Known Member

    Sorry, but what do you mean?
     
  9. plates

    plates Well-Known Member

    Do the negative responses make you feel bad about yourself?
     
  10. Withdrawn

    Withdrawn Well-Known Member

    Yeah, of course they do. And I even took away responses that were too hard for me to handle, like "People who do like that are not worth anything at all, they are dangerous and I would never let a person like that visit my home" and "I would bully those ugly retards".
    That reminds me on how terrible this world is...
     
  11. plates

    plates Well-Known Member

    Those people do not matter and are worthless but I'm sorry you've had those reactions.
     
  12. KittyGirl

    KittyGirl Well-Known Member


    I'm not all that observant when it comes to looking at the people around me as I am usually too panicked to bother looking up from my own feet or hands, but--

    ... person rocking back and fourth - they must really be feeling horrible; wish there was something I could do but to be approached by a stranger would make me feel worse if I were in their position.
    ... flapping hands? Hand talker. Dramatic. Lots of people 'talk' with their hands/arms/body, it's not really a bad thing- just a bit distracting.
    ... person who never talks? Shy. Shy- possibly mute or deaf, I guess... if I were to ask a question and get no response, I would probably feel awkward and wander away. Can't be helped though... some people just don't like to talk. I would just be embarrassed for not knowing they wouldn't acknowledge me.
    ... sitting down in a corner --- a small child (maybe in trouble for doing something bad?) a teenager (does not want to be involved in whatever is happening) an adult (a 'wallflower' or maybe someone with social anxiety disorder. I know how that feels~
    ... empty eyes. Tired, maybe? There's a difference between tired and stoned-- although people usually lump them together; I give people the benefit of the doubt because I am always tired and never stoned. Maybe lost in thought or just lost hope. And I know how that feels too.


    I don't really see these actions as strange or unusual because I'd like to do those things most of the time, I think. -___-
    I tend not to really think a whole lot about the people around me and judging body language; as that can be misleading when we're trying not to act the way we feel on the inside- to fool whomever sees us.
     
  13. Witty_Sarcasm

    Witty_Sarcasm Writer, Musician, Fun Lover, Magic Maker

    ... you see a sitting person rocking back and forth? they probably feel bad
    ... you see a person flapping his/her hands almost all the time? they are animated
    ... you see a person who never talks? they are like me...maybe antisocial or just keep to themselves
    ... you see a person sitting down in corners? they want to be left alone
    ... you see a person with empty staring eyes? they are sick of life
     
  14. pooky

    pooky Forum Buddy

    you see a sitting person rocking back and forth? must be bored

    ... you see a person flapping his/her hands almost all the time? they are lively

    ... you see a person who never talks? they must be introvert

    ... you see a person sitting down in corners? they don't want attention ,they want to be left alone

    ... you see a person with empty staring eyes? they are either dreamy (procrastinating) or are very sad with life.
     
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