Q. Periodically someone says to me, “You’re weird.” What should I do or say?

A.You may be familiar with an old saying: “If I had a dollar for every time _______.” Fill in the blank. Unless you are exhibiting behaviors on purpose to get attention, make yourself stick out, or violate common norms of decency, you might just want to let it go. It’s only their brain’s opinion.

If you feel compelled to say something, be sure your thoughts and self-talk are positive so you don’t spew out negative electromagnetic energy and compound the situation.

I like words that have been attributed to Dr. Kareem F. Samhouri:  If weird means I'm uniquely me—and there's no one else in the world like me—then I'm super weird. He goes on to say that the word “weird” simply means that you have permission to act like yourself, think like yourself, move like yourself, eat like yourself, and be yourself.

Every brain on the planet is different and unique. In a sense, every brain is “weird.” Enjoy it!