Nobody is normal

“In short, normality is all about context. What is normal for one individual could be insufferable for another, and the same individual could be normal in one environment yet not in another. Just take a look at inborn differences in the ability to metabolise lactose, or acquired variations such as endurance athletes having an enlarged heart and lower resting heart rate. Such examples help to illustrate that normality varies from one individual to the next, and so the mere presence of a variation, or even an anomaly, is not sufficient to understand the pathological.”

– Jonathan Sholl


This quote comes from a great article which offers some really interesting insights into the growth of the concept of normality within western thinking and medicine, and you can read in full here.

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