52 cards to find out just how weird (or not) you might be.
No matter how much we celebrate individualism and praise the unique, we are, at heart, deeply collective creatures committed to the idea of ‘being normal’. And yet almost all of us feel, in private, that we're really quite odd, by which we mean: not like anyone else we know. But our picture of what is normal is in fact - very often - way out of line with what is actually true and widespread. Many thoughts, fears and desires that we might assume to be uniquely and disconcertingly strange - and that make us feel painfully ashamed - are in fact completely average.
These cards are a tool of self-assessment and reassurance. They ask us to compare ourselves with a range of statements, many of them dark, in order to find out just how weird (or not) we and our loved ones really are. They encourage us not to be ashamed of our uncomfortable thoughts and recognise the sheer normality of our madness, waywardness and alarm. (example cards)
- I have some very unhygienic, noxious habits.
- I can’t bear to hear that someone loves their job.
- I often have no reaction at all to supposedly ‘great’ works of art.
- I’m far meaner than everyone thinks.
- I’m anxious pretty much all the time.
- I’m an enormous bullshitter.
The cards use a simple graphic pattern of diagonals, with one small aberration, on one side; and, on the other, a simple modernist typography to help you contemplate your essential normality.
How to Use The Cards
Keep these cards close to hand for moments when you fear the awkwardness of a social situation
As in a self-discovery session, use them to reflect about a lurking fear or sense of shame.
Give the cards to a friend who is suffering from an unspoken anxiety that they find hard to articulate.