Being Deviant for a Day
In this project I decided to be over-talkative in the sense that whenever someone spoke to me and asked how I was doing or what was new in my life, I would go above and beyond what they probably were expecting me to do so. So for me being a deviant in this way made perfect sense because I normally don’t talk much about myself, more of a listener than anything. I started everything out by going about my normal day, errands and going to my college classes. So I went to Wal-Mart of all places and not even five minutes into my shopping there I ran into two friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, and of course they said, “So how have you been? Anything new going on in your life?” So I went into the deviance setting that I chose “Well lets see, I’ve been going to college fulltime…My daughter is now 7 months old and growing every minute it seems…etc…” I went on for what seemed like a good ten minutes. Then not even twenty minutes later I ran into an old classmate form high school and I went into the whole talk again.
While all this time that I’m speaking about everything, the non-verbal responses that they were displaying shocked me to be honest. They weren’t trying to back away; they were actually leaning in towards me as if they wanted to hear more about what’s going on. They weren’t even crossing their arms as if I was boring them beyond belief, then the emotion that they were showing in their eyes was what got me the most. Such sincerity and concern, that to be honest I had never seen in their eyes before. That reaction made me think back on all the times that I listened to them, did I react the same way to them? Did I show the same concern in my eyes, or did I seem cold and away form them while they were talking.
To my surprise later that night I received a few emails from my friends that I spoke to earlier that day. The reactions that they had was interesting though, ranging from “I’m glad that finally speak up about...
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