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Embracing Your Weirdness | Chris Williamson | TEDxNewcastleUniversity 

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Imagine a world without weirdos - how much less fun would that be? Weirdness, as Chris Williamson argues, is our unique strength, one that we're obliged to embrace, and the key to becoming more popular and desirable.

This event was fully organised by student volunteers from Newcastle University, UK. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at www.ted.com/tedx

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Household One
Household One 18 օր առաջ
Hmm unfortunately, one my weirdnesses would literally end up a deeply unfulfilled life... as opposed to the slightly more fulfilled life. As i say to those who know me... I wish i'd been a natural at astrophysics instead - but when life gives you lemons... yadda yadda yadda.
Leila Christie
Leila Christie 19 օր առաջ
At age 41 I've got more confidence than ever. I don't care about being liked as much and I have more friends than ever. I have found genuine brilliant friends as a result. I find it surprising and inspiring that people like me so much.
Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones 23 օր առաջ
This was really good, Chris! Well done! It made me think of all those times I've forced myself to do things with my free time that I don't genuinely enjoy because it's popular.
Cocky Cookie
Cocky Cookie 29 օր առաջ
It's hilarious how y'all NTs are telling yourselves "Oh I'm so different, I'm nothing like other people." Try being autistic and using a whole nother operating system.
Antonio Ortega
Antonio Ortega Ամիս առաջ
Interesting talk that has me thinking, thanks!
Shaun Russell
Shaun Russell Ամիս առաջ
Wow!! This was incredible!!😅 I truly felt understood by him! Especially his story of hiding from socializing on the play ground, I did that too!! I wish every teacher would play this for their students, even in High Schools this would be a really good time to see this perspective of truly liking yourself for your differences! I’m SO happy he gave this TED talk! 🙏🏻🙏🏻✨✨
mangantasy Ամիս առաջ
great speech, I loved it. And it is so true. during almost all my childhood in school I was so badly bullied, and now I have a quite "uncommon" job and I could not fir in there better. (Entomolgist/Arachnologist) very encouraging.
opentrunks Ամիս առաջ
Those shoes scream "oddball"
alex yusay pingoy
alex yusay pingoy Ամիս առաջ
First, I instantly related to what you very straightforwardly expressed. Secondly, I realized I better continue with keeping to myself, in order to survive mediocrity. But thank you for something valuable and actually having the perkiness to come up with this video.
Anna Mae Gold
Anna Mae Gold Ամիս առաջ
OMG, I hear you brother. Existential crisis' are best shared with as many people as possible. I do it all the time on AMmost. Carry on.
Julie T-M
Julie T-M Ամիս առաջ
My favorite TED talk evah!! Be who you are and own it! So refreshing!! ❤
vaishra Ամիս առաջ
A good one!
SleepyHug ASMR
SleepyHug ASMR Ամիս առաջ
Okay, just gonna be real. Chris is fine AF
Albert Eshun
Albert Eshun Ամիս առաջ
There'd be way more Serial killers if EVERYONE embraced their weirdness We should be thankful that not everyone embraces they're uniqueness
jakobe sanders
jakobe sanders Ամիս առաջ
you alright man? lmao
Erica Frances
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Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy Ամիս առաջ
We’re all bent. Some are bent in the same direction and that is what’s called normal.
YSABEL Ամիս առաջ
I love weird!
JadeManatee Ամիս առաջ
Salvador Dali also forgot to embrace his ability to treat women with respect and dignity, and tbh his art seems to be a rip off of art made by indigenous people
Frank Delahue
Frank Delahue Ամիս առաջ
"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes ... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. ... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things. ... They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs
Lola Apelt
Lola Apelt Ամիս առաջ
Yes, I understand that. But you took the time to type it out, so Thank You for that
Frank Delahue
Frank Delahue Ամիս առաջ
@Lola Apelt Steve Jobs said this. It was his quote.
Lola Apelt
Lola Apelt Ամիս առաջ
Damn...that's good. Thank You for taking the time to type this out
Frank Delahue
Frank Delahue Ամիս առաջ
People taught Elon Musk was crazy because he wanted to start his own space company. He was ridiculed.
Frank Delahue
Frank Delahue Ամիս առաջ
Tardigrade is a very weird organism.
Love Johnson
Love Johnson Ամիս առաջ
Nice talk
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kwpp7 Ամիս առաջ
Evolution is a lie. You're here because your loving Creator wanted you here. That is much more of a reason to celebrate than thinking you're the product of perfectly timed particles.
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Olivia Paddock
Olivia Paddock Ամիս առաջ
How does this not have a million views? So well explained. I always have an internal celebration inside when I meet someone who is authentically and confidently being their true self - "Yay, it's really YOU!"
ALI SUROOR Ամիս առաջ
The subconscious mind between memory and forgetting Have you asked yourselves what your children watch from digital content on the screens of the Internet? Have you developed tracking programs linked to accounts that allow you to see the content your children are watching؟ Or even plant high-resolution cameras on the walls that enable you to zoom in on the image and read the content your children are watching؟ For example, the mind cannot store street scenes, pedestrians, residential buildings or cars because these scenes are normal and do not cause pain, astonishment, admiration for the mind, the heart or the soul. But the sight of a horrific traffic accident may remain in the conscious mind for a long time, but it will remain in the subconscious forever, causing depression, fear of driving or even walking near the streets. What do you think of the scenes of killing or violence or the loss of the human or animal spirit with the most horrible acute instruments that will make a generation seeking violence or a generation suffering from mental illness, isolation and unity. The solution is to limit these scenes that are broadcast on websites and web screens and to the police agencies concerned to prevent violent, bloody or dismal content, this is the responsibility of everyone without exception, especially intellectuals, writers exclusively. ALI SUROOR
That's right and I have no plans to fit in in whatsoever especially when we live in era were right , honest & got a relationship with God /valid faith is considered weirdo , its a zombie world never walk with the flow coz it's a flow of moving dead corps not less smarter than snakes .
༺NoSc0pe༻ Ամիս առաջ
15:16 I was enjoying the video then my eyes were met with this egregious blinding light that burned a hole through the empty shell that is my skull
HyperTSage Ամիս առաջ
I think your monitor is some kind of sun goddess.
得ak Ամիս առաջ
How has a former love island contestant, who’s essentially built a AMmost channel entirely off of propagating conservative agendas, blagged his way into a TedTalk? Deary me
David Bamford
David Bamford Ամիս առաջ
Christ this is brilliant!
Dr. Alicia Granholm
Dr. Alicia Granholm Ամիս առաջ
I usually always feel like I don't fit in! And against the odds here I am. "Embracing your weirdness is your duty." Such a great point. Thank you!
Minecrafter Ամիս առաջ
I Love Being Weird😅😭😂
Terence Johnson
Terence Johnson Ամիս առաջ
Please keep doing more of only your weirdness for us. Namaste
P N Ամիս առաջ
10:49 "The persona is incapable of receiving love. It can only receive praise."
Sammy Jo
Sammy Jo Ամիս առաջ
and when the persona does not receive praise but the opposite it retaliates and reverts to the true self and strikes back at the offender.
Isabelle Bernard
Isabelle Bernard Ամիս առաջ
Sounds good, but feels a bit easy to say coming from a good looking straight white cis man
Isabelle Bernard
Isabelle Bernard Ամիս առաջ
@Rocko I just think it's a bit more complicated than that
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Richard Lewis
Richard Lewis Ամիս առաջ
Really powerful Chris. Great stories delivered with humility and sincerity. Thanks for sharing.
Mark Silverman
Mark Silverman Ամիս առաջ
I find this particularly interesting and truthful. I just want to share a story about my growing up. In the 70s I as a teenager and I was truly obsessed with Disneyland and Walt Disney World and I would bring a small tape recorder into Disneyland just to record the rides. Now remember this was before EVERYBODY had a phone in their pockets along with a video camera connected to the phone, so bringing in a small cassette recorder was very peculiar to people. I would record all the rides and just listen to the tapes in my room and yes, people found me a bit odd to say the least. When people were listening to Pink Floyd and Zeppelin I was in my bedroom listening to Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion tapes. Years later I became a voice actor and it was due to my obsession with listening to the voices on my Disney tapes. When I turned 29 after many auditions I was hired by Walt Disney Imagineering to narrate a brand new ride for Walt Disney World called The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The ride is now almost 30 years old and is now one of the icons of the entire Walt Disney World Resort and one of the most popular Disney rides of all time. When I hear my voice on the ride it is the most satisfying feeling I can possibly imagine. I stayed with my weirdness and I could not have been more happy I did.
THÀNH NHƠN Ամիս առաջ
I thought of an AI robot when glancing at him for the first time.
joyce cattanach
joyce cattanach Ամիս առաջ
This works great if you have a sellable skill that puts you above others, but if you are below standard AND "weird" then the world hates you, I know ...
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Hanifa Menen
Hanifa Menen Ամիս առաջ
absolutely beautifully explained! Thank-you!
Neyo Cage
Neyo Cage Ամիս առաջ
My mother sent me this vidoe. I'm not weird it's just I dont want to hang out with the bad kids or the weird kids or the nerds or the sneaky kids. And after that there is no one
talastra Ամիս առաջ
FYI: Dali very actively supported Spanish Fascism, and was very regressive in general. His overt "weirdness" did not preclude him being relentlessly "normal" in terms of supporting and seeking to impose repressive politics (and religion) on others. To put it bluntly, Dali's "weirdness" was self-promotion at the expense of others, and his cleaving to traditionalist Church and State is emblematic of that. He made himself useful to Fascism. Arguably, he was all persona, in the negative sense mentioned in the video. So, obviously, if embracing one's weirdness does not recognize that we, as human beings, exist because others also exist--ubuntu's insight, "I am, because others are"--then your weirdness will be nothing but self-promotion in the style of Dali, and will serve the regressive forces of history. This is exactly why so much personal uniqueness goes unrecognised in the world, not because it is "weird" but because the vast majority of weidnesses are not useful to hegemonic power. Figuring out how to live your authentic weirdness, without getting co-opted (and turned into a celebrity) by oppressive political forces is a central task of living as a decent person.
talastra Ամիս առաջ
Couldn't they get an actual audience for this filming? Quite articulately presented, but I could really feel him speaking to an empty room.
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vmaniac Ամիս առաջ
I just uploaded a video content in youtube for thr very first time, and just like that youtube recommend me this. Wtf
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user33 Ամիս առաջ
Amazing video!
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ムニュ Ամիս առաջ
I've been working on my self-esteem and trying to accept myself. I'm an honest, genuine person but I'm pretty introverted, which means it's hard for me to put myself in situations where I can meet new people so that I have more chance of meeting my kind of people. So, being among anyone means I'm more likely to not quite BE myself or embrace my weirdness, rather than to put on a persona.
NoorEJahan A.
NoorEJahan A. Ամիս առաջ
the more you believe in yourself, and allow your 'weirdness' to come about, you will surely without FAIL attract like minded people. Guaranteed. When I wanted to hide my true self, i couldnt find like minded people. When I insisted that I AM who I AM and in what I believe, to myself, like minded people began flowing into my life.
lafraiseanglaise Ամիս առաջ
I'm there too
Dominique Ogilvie
Dominique Ogilvie Ամիս առաջ
FABULOUSLY said. Spot on!!! 🧡😃
montacap 2 ամիս առաջ
I hid in the hallways for lunch no one wanted to be there . By the time I dropped out to give birth to my first child someone said they thought I left the year before and that I was a ghost . I love that I did such a good job .
Raechelle Nichols
Raechelle Nichols 2 ամիս առաջ
I love this!!!!
Carlee Burletoff
Carlee Burletoff 2 ամիս առաջ
Right On!!!
C. F.
C. F. 2 ամիս առաջ
Excellent! Very helpful and clarifying. one of the best TEDx talks I've heard. Many thanks!
Sirjana Subba
Sirjana Subba 2 ամիս առաջ
Thanks for this talk 🙏 touched my heart.
ALI SUROOR 2 ամիս առաջ
When the mind remained under the sky of monotony, the blood of culture froze in the arteries of contemplation, and the forces of thinking grew old, and the luster of literary stagnation eroded, and the passers by lost their way back to the seat of wisdom and guidance. Would the steps of the decline towards the depth of failure proceed without the speculative fiction sensors being lethargic to go deeply to read the current situation with the eyes of science? There is no doubt that joining the list of cultural distinction many tools in order for awareness to be able to overcome the most current obstacles in order to reach a sure solution to the existing and complex problems. In order not to remain confined to the circle of literary apathy we must push for a return to the historical word, and here I mean going back to the books to founding the pure mind, so that we do not merge into the furnace of contemporary modernity and get lost from our tongues all the wonderful alphabets. ALI SUROOR
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Lucie chéca 2 ամիս առաջ
That totally resonated Thank You !
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Marguerite D'arcy 2 ամիս առաջ
Uniqueness...yes i know
SubjectDelta9 2 ամիս առաջ
BEYOND INSPIRATION! To be True to Ourselves is our Human Right and Divine Nature. With Gratitude and Appreciation for your Enlightened Expression.
Houdini 2 ամիս առաջ
I can't say ENOUGH how AWESOME this is and how much I appreciate it! Thank you Chris, my fellow weird brother!
Rachel Nguyen
Rachel Nguyen 2 ամիս առաջ
Hello weirdos, I know you are the ones who commented :))
quwu 2 ամիս առաջ
People bully the smart kids.
Jarryd Jackson
Jarryd Jackson 2 ամիս առաջ
This is the answer. It has always been the answer. We just can't see it because of the society we live in. I know the answer now!
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Chiara Dal Col 2 ամիս առաջ
I never felt like I could be myself around anyone but someone friended me and I thought.. if I be myself then I'll see if I loose this new friend. So I didn't put on any persona and be myself, now we are best friends and I feel so comfortable that I don't have to hide myself anymore.
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cheek quartey 2 ամիս առաջ
Have you heard about cryptocurrency? Did you want to invest in cryptocurrency?
Winnee Raplin
Winnee Raplin 2 ամիս առաջ
Brilliant content. But here's a public speaking tip: never ever put your hands in your pocket. Never.
Boojie Boo
Boojie Boo 2 ամիս առաջ
Great advise, unless you are a sociopath.
Gordana Grčić
Gordana Grčić 2 ամիս առաջ
Best ted ex i have ever watched, and i watched a lot of them!!!! Though it is a thin line between trying to impress and just being your weird self, but yes, great way to live this life!
Martin Denning
Martin Denning 2 ամիս առաջ
Great talk. Check out this guys podcast- “modern wisdom”
Maria Quattro
Maria Quattro 2 ամիս առաջ
I was born embracing my weirdness.
Will Call
Will Call 2 ամիս առաջ
Great speech he may have been nervous - his neck broke out in a rash - great smart guy - love him x
tara la loba
tara la loba 2 ամիս առաջ
Ohmg Chris Williamson you nailed it! I thank you so much for your inspirational and powerful talk, I just can imagine how much it was costing you to finally come up with it! ! believe in coincidence- because at the moment i am completely feeling i can´t hide myself anymore that´s why i stumbled happily over your powerfull talk. I still don´t know how to show up with all my past traumas, because the label of experienced Trauma is defenitely weird or makes you a weirdo in "normal"surroundings. At the moment i learn to create a method how to heal past trauma and live in the presence. So sooner or later this method will be part of my Dance and Yogaclasses which i teach anyway. So its integrated and I have hope that i can show my weirdness completely one day!
Virginia Pierlot
Virginia Pierlot 2 ամիս առաջ
Thank you so much for this video! I really need these amazing Words Chris Williamson! :D
Alejandro Arrieta
Alejandro Arrieta 2 ամիս առաջ
like si vienes del trabajo de clases :))
A W 2 ամիս առաջ
Brilliant! 👏👏👏👏👏👏
Paolo Lery
Paolo Lery 2 ամիս առաջ
Great work Chris got quite a bit from this thanks.
Edward Sanchez
Edward Sanchez 2 ամիս առաջ
I’d take this more seriously if he was an skinny awkward guy like me.
Mr. Spencer
Mr. Spencer 2 ամիս առաջ
Great talk Chris, I bet it was a bit weird talking to a mostly empty auditorium. Your message, however, definitely resonated with me. A year or so back I read the book "Own Your Weird," by Jason Zook and I felt a vague resonance with it, but seeing as how it was so focused on product and design it didn't go much beyond that. I like your take on the idea more, and how you couched it in terms of genes, and probability. As if you really are statistically more likely to have never existed, why would you want to be constrained in how you express the good things about yourself?
Mark Williams
Mark Williams 2 ամիս առաջ
Excellent insight, ver well shared - thank you Chris
ƒƒSpeakz 2 ամիս առաջ
Easy for a Chad to say.
Anke Martin
Anke Martin 2 ամիս առաջ
Thank you for sharing 😊🙏
Doable Films
Doable Films 2 ամիս առաջ
The goal is to be the best version of you, NOT your version of someone else. WOW. Great sentence
Angus McAngus
Angus McAngus 2 ամիս առաջ
A paeon for individualism; the left will kill it if they can. If you let them. You.
Sonia Grebenisan
Sonia Grebenisan 2 ամիս առաջ
I really loved this. This is why vulnerability leads to connection: because we're all weird and other people being weird gives us permission to express our own weirdness :P
Jason Lockwood
Jason Lockwood 2 ամիս առաջ
Hi Chris, really good talk. I have long wondered if the kind of depression and substance abuse that occur in people my age (mid-50s) can be tied to the lack of developing their unique characters when they were younger. Time after time, I encounter these middle-aged people 'on the edge' who just seem empty and don't have a clue how to live fulfilling lives. This is especially true given the pandemic we've all been dealing with. The people who have weathered it well had loads of interests, quirky personalities, and myriad ways of filling the hours, days, weeks, and months. I decided from a young age I wanted to live a 'weird' life - learning languages, living in various parts of the world, encountering lots of different people from all walks of life. I count among my friends: business professionals, authors, artists, an opera singer, technicians of various stripes - and in both English and French. The weird path I've carved for myself has attracted other weirdos, and I wouldn't have it any other way! Kudos on your TEDx Talk!
BHKatti 2 ամիս առաջ
Very good one! Thank you by a fellow weirdo ☺️🙂🙋🏼‍♀️❤️🌷
Piggy Kasparov
Piggy Kasparov 2 ամիս առաջ
Hey Chris I’m a big fan and I know you’ll appreciate clear feedback. It looks as though you didn’t embrace your weirdness in the presentation. You are much better being yourself on your video podcasts. In this instance it looks as though you were trying to be someone else. Your idea of what a standard average TED speaker (Jungian) persona does. Both in the formulation of the script and in the blocking, timing, cadence and body movements. It felt inauthentic in comparison to your much higher quality on the spot cadence of the pieces to camera in your bedroom. I know it’s hard when we’re out of our comfort zone and a weird empty COVID TED stage/auditorium is a tough crowd. So well done. This is the first iteration of your public speaking (weirdly without public). You will get much better when you go back to your bedroom mode. Follow Jordan Peterson. He always works unscripted. And that makes it perfect. An overconsidered precisely scripted performance with hand move at this point and another affection scheduled for here or there is not your best authentic you. People like mistakes, people like Jordan looking up into the sky as he thinks on the spot. They like him correcting himself in real time. That real-time thinking (let’s call it method acting as a good metaphor) creates a cadence that is never considered ...erm ...too considered. 🤪 I think you’re great and I’m so happy for you on your adventure to even better and better iterations. Very well done. 🙂 [This was feedback about presentation and not content. The content is good. Perhaps a few qualifiers like Jordan uses would make it a bit more real and less like an American self-esteem cheerleading thing. The content is good. 🙂] P.S. It may just have been that you practiced too many times on the day of performance. With film acting usually the best comes from well rehearsed actors who are well rehearsed days before the recording. On the performance day they don’t rehearse as the authenticity can get lost with repetition and even the best actors deliver a more wooden execution. 🎭
Jona Thon
Jona Thon 2 ամիս առաջ
Doesn’t matter what age you are in life...this message needs constant repeating. Far too easy to care what other people think and conform to social norms. Thanks for the reminder Chris
Mary Feldman
Mary Feldman 2 ամիս առաջ
Truly inspires me to embrace all that I am- not just the parts I think the world wants to see. Much gratitude for sharing !
Doudie 2 ամիս առաջ
Thanks for this eye opening reminder. I finally understood my uniqueness thanks to my (weird) special side and embracing it is the best thing ever so I totally relate on your message.
Pedro Mary Michel Parks
Pedro Mary Michel Parks 2 ամիս առաջ
BOOM! Loved it.
Jay Ayrton
Jay Ayrton 2 ամիս առաջ
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