January 17, 2016

17 Insights On What Makes A Person Unique

Everyone is unique in their own way. Some people try to blend in with the majority, but they are still unique. Some people take their uniqueness, stand out as different, and use their unique persona to create and experience the life they want. If you are ready to stand out from the crowd, then you first need to embrace what makes you unique. You need to accept who you are without needing to fit into a label of who you should be. Just know that you will stand out once you embrace everything that makes you different, but you will also be in complete control of your life and your happiness.

So, what makes a person unique? Following are 17 different aspects of a person’s life and themselves that makes them unique. While just one of the following things can make someone unique, if you combine them all together, you can see just how unique we all are.

1. Experiences

No one has had the same experiences in life. Not one person. Everyone experiences variations in their day, even when they are working at the same place or spending time together.

For instance, I spent some time with my best friend in a small cabin located in a remote harbor. We spent two weeks together and, for the most part, did pretty much the same things. But we experienced the time there a little differently. We had two unique experiences that affected us in different ways.

Your experiences throughout your entire life, as well as your day to day experiences, are what make you the unique person you are today.

2. Perception

The way you view life is not going to match up with anyone else. Sure, you may have some moments where you and your friend perceive the exact same thing, but for the most part you will see things slightly differently than others. Perception accounts for how we experience things as well as how we think and feel, so it plays a huge part in what makes a person unique.

For instance, the other night I had a conversation with a friend over text. A family member thought that I had offended my friend while I thought nothing of it. I knew my friend and what I could or could not say to him, but the family member insisted that what I had said would make him upset. We had a different perception of such a simple thing, and it was based on our own experiences in life and influenced how we felt about the conversation.

3. Beliefs

Your experiences and perceptions in life create your beliefs. What you believe is what you perceive to be true based on what you have experienced in life. Your beliefs about yourself, other people, the world, what’s right and wrong, and everything else is never – in a million years – going to match up to someone else’s beliefs perfectly.

Moreover, beliefs can change over time based from future experiences and perceptions, which means that even if you have the same belief as someone right now, you may not in the future.

4. Creativity

Everyone is creative in some way, but there are many different creative talents that we can have. Some of us are good at improvising, some of us are good at inventing, some of us are good at creating, and some of us are good at envisioning things.

According to Lynne Levesque, Ed. D. there are 8 different creative talents to pull from, including the adventurer, the navigator, the pilot, the inventor, the explorer, the diplomat, the poet, and the visionary. Within these groups, we each branch out in different ways, which is what makes us unique from the next person.

5. Genetics

Even our bodies are different on a genetic level. Research has shown that we are somewhere between 90-99% different thanks to our genes and the number of copies of our genes. A change in one thing can change how our genes are used or even expressed. Without getting too technical, it is apparent that no one is alike in their genetics.

6. Body

Everyone’s body is unique! Surprise! Everyone carries their weight differently and comes in different shapes and sizes. While this is glaringly apparent when you look around, we all seem to think that we are supposed to look exactly alike, which is absolutely ridiculous!

People who celebrate their unique bodies often stand out the most to people. Thin, fat, short, tall, and everything in between can really make us take notice of how different someone seems to be.

7. Relationships

Relationships have a big influence over our lives. They influence how we think about ourselves and how we interact with the world around us. Not one person can say that they have the same relationships as anyone else. Even if two people are friends solely with the same people, the relationships they have with them are going to differ on some level.

Some people connect more than others. Some people share certain beliefs that bind them in a different way. Some people clash with each other on little things, and that affects their relationship. The point is that we all have different relationships in our lives, which is a big contribution to what makes a person unique.

8. Hobbies

We all have different hobbies, and even if we do have the same hobby as someone else, we often approach it in a slightly different way. I think one of the best ways to showcase this is to get on YouTube and watch all the vloggers who are focused on planners and organization. While they all enjoying using planners, agendas, and calendars, no two vloggers do things exactly the same! Each one of them is unique and adds something new to the planning/organization niche. This is why there are so many different bloggers on the same topics. They all have a unique way of approaching the things they enjoy and that is where things get uniquely interesting.

9. Intelligence

It’s a matter of fact – we are all different when it comes to intelligence. Intelligence stems from many things, including our beliefs, social aptitude, emotional awareness, experiences, and the health of our brain. No two people are riding on the same wavelength of intelligence, which is why it is necessary for people to come together during problem solving. What one person understands or can figure out can help the other person increase their awareness as well.

10. Sensing The World

We all have five dominant senses, and they play a huge part in making us unique. First, we all see different things, which affects how the other senses are used. Moreover, we all hear things differently, which affects how the other senses are used.

For instance, when I was with my friend in the harbor, she couldn’t smell the ocean as strongly as I could. Because I wasn’t used to being around the ocean as much as she was, I was more focused on the ocean than she was, while she was more focused on what was happening directly in and around the cabin. That strongly affected what we heard, smelled, saw, and even tasted while we were there. Just another reason we experienced the whole trip so differently.

Another example is how we hear music. Some people love heavy metal while others enjoy classical. Often the reasons we prefer one genre over another has everything to do with our perception on life and what we have experienced and believe. One person may have grown up listening to heavy metal with their best friends while another person enjoyed classical music with their favorite grandmother.

11. Taste

This is part of sensing the world around us, but it’s important to note that we really do taste things differently. First, what we grow up on we tend to favor because we have grown accustomed to the tastes in those foods. But it also turns out that it has something to do with the number of taste buds we have, the sensory capacities those taste buds have, and the response the brain has from the signals it gets from the taste buds and the nerve endings.

In other words, everyone experiences flavor differently! Some people, with a lot of taste buds and high sensory capacities, are able to pull apart a meal and taste each individual flavor, while others with fewer taste buds, may taste something less flavorful.

12. Personality

What makes up a person’s personality? Their temperament, attitude, thoughts, beliefs, behavior, and character. Your personality is very unique, and it is what other people see when they interact with you. Often people will describe people based on their personality, which shows how unique it is. For instance, you will hear people describe others as bubbly, quiet, thoughtful, agreeable, annoying, or rude.

13. Communication Habits

No two people communicate in the same way. The way people communicate reflects their thoughts, beliefs, and personality. Some people are loud and say what is on their mind, while others are more withdrawn and like to keep personal things to themselves. Some people are excellent at reading body language (and using their body language to communicate) while others don’t see anything past the words coming out (and don’t understated how their body language is affecting a conversation).

14. Humor

We don’t see the ‘funny’ in the same things. For instance, I don’t find Andrew Dice Clay funny, but there are plenty of people who relate to him, and that is what humor is all about. What we find humorous often relates to what we have experienced and how we perceive life. And while some comedians have the ability to touch on everyday things that most of us can relate to, they still are not found funny by everyone.

15. Goals

We all have different desires in life. Even if we have the same type of goal, we often want something slightly different than the next person.

For instance, if you have a goal to create a successful business, there can be many different variations from someone else. You may want to make a certain amount of money, or you may just want to influence other people in a positive way rather than make a fortune.

16. Intuition

Some people have a high level of intuition that helps them decide what they want to do in life, while others need to reason things out before they can make a conclusion. While there are different factors that play a part in how intuitive someone is, the brain is definitely one of the big ones.

People who have a stronger right brain more seem to be more intuitive because they have the ability to make a connection between things easier. The right brain is visual and processes inflammation in an intuitive way, while the left brain processes things in an analytical way.

While the neuroscience community doesn’t believe that we operate from solely the left-brain or right-brain, there is no doubt that our experiences in life, as well as how we have been taught to approach life, determine how much we focus and strengthen one side over the other.

17. Willingness To Be Yourself

What makes a person unique? Their willingness to be who they are and stand out from the crowd. This is a very unique trait, because most people are not comfortable embracing their differences and approaching life based on their preferences. Moreover, most people are not willing to show off their true personality and how they interact with the world.

I’ve seen this time and time again. One person will agree with someone else simply for the sake of fitting in. And it can be in the smallest form too. For instance, one person may buy vanilla ice cream, even though they want to buy chocolate ice cream, just so they can fit in. But, it’s obvious – even in that little choice – that they are not happy or in a state of flow that comes with being honest with yourself and others.

The most unique people in the world are the people who fully embrace who they are and are willing to live life according to everything that makes up who they are. Celebrate these people when you meet them because they are a true testament to what living a passionate and satisfying life is all about.

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