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Cliches are easy to rely on. They're the most simplified way to understand a type of culture or situation. While some can be flattering or partially-accurate, others can be hurtful or completely wrong.

Let's look at them!


Reddit user, u/abb2158, wanted to know what not to believe when they asked:

What cliche is absolute bullsh-t?

It Takes A Little More Than Moving Hands On A Clock

"Time heals all wounds'.

Not necessarily. I think people learn to live and work with traumatic experiences.

beenalongweirdtrip

There's Always A New Horizon

"You are perfect just the way you are" is bullshit to everybody.

DunstonCheckzIn

There's always room for improvement

_austinm

I Just Need A Minute...

The hacker who presses a couple of buttons to obtain government files.

unhingingorb

( click click clack clack )

Im in

S62anyone

Everyone Has Different Pain Thresholds

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"

No. Sorry. What hasn't killed me has made me a shell of the person I used to be and made me want to kill myself.

onemorenightofjazz

We've All Read THAT Book Before, In One Way Or Another

not sure if there's a name for this one but one that pisses me off is when there's a clearly predatory guy (especially just flat-out abusive) and then the female protag, usually a teenager, ends up ~falling in love with his harsh personality~ as if he's just some normal angsty guy. Really common in supernatural romances with an immortal love interest, makes me uncomfortable to no extent. YA authors are on some crack sh-t

chaotic_lurker

Opposites Are Sometimes Just That. Opposites.

"Opposites Attract"

It's difficult to build a relationship with someone you don't share interests with. The more dissimilar you are, the greater challenge you encounter when trying to find activities that you both enjoy.

PleasantlyLemonFresh

There's A Fine Line To Walk

"They're mean to you because they like you." No, that just sets someone up to suffer abuse in silence.

UpsetMarsupial

"Oh, sweetie he just pushed you down and ran away because he doesn't know how to say he likes you. Boys are just so silly!"

And then everyone gets made cause she's an adult and keeps hoping her husband will figure out how to tell her he loves her without shoving her into walls and slapping her.

imminent_riot

No One Gets Anything They Deserve Unless They Want To

That people always get what they deserve.

So many believe this. And then they use this belief to feel better about not helping others who are suffering and innocent. No, they didn't deserve that. The world is just a cruel place, and you have to create the kindness if you want it to be there.

dark_blue_7

They're Minds Are Hardwired Differently, But Don't Ever Assume

The autistic character is a genius.

It sets unrealistic expectations.

scoopishere

As someone who works with kids on the spectrum... Yeah. Some are ridiculously smart, logical, and incredibly good with memorization, but they're not savants, that's not a symptom of autism. They're not all intelligent at something, some of em are normal people. They're wonderful kids and I love them with ever fiber of my being, every ounce of my brain, but some of them will never be 'normal' and it's so much better to accept them where they are and help them improve than to expect savantism from them when they struggle to achieve age appropriate tasks :(

TexasAvocadoToast

Maybe With A Little Effort, But There'll Always Be Someone In Your Way

"You can be whatever you want to be"

ZanyDelaney

The world is designed in a way that most people will never be what they want

FLfourK

There's Little To No Room Anywhere To Do Much Of Anything

Getting beat up in a Manhattan alley.

Manhattan has no alleys!

Part of the reason why there's so much trash on the curb. There's nowhere else to put dumpsters.

jdlyga

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Conspiracy theories are beliefs that there are covert powers that be changing the course of history for their own benefits. It's how we see the rise of QAnon conspiracies and people storming the capital.

Why do people fall for them? Well some research has looked into the reasons for that.

The Association for Psychological Science published a paper that reviewed some of the research:

"This research suggests that people may be drawn to conspiracy theories when—compared with nonconspiracy explanations—they promise to satisfy important social psychological motives that can be characterized as epistemic (e.g., the desire for understanding, accuracy, and subjective certainty), existential (e.g., the desire for control and security), and social (e.g., the desire to maintain a positive image of the self or group)."

Whatever the motivations may be, we wanted to know which convoluted stories became apart of peoples consciousness enough for them to believe it.

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I hate ghosts, even if it's Casper. My life is already stressful enough. I don't need to creeped out by spirits from the beyond. Shouldn't they be resting and basking in the glow of the great beyond instead of menacing the rest of us?

The paranormal seems to be consistently in unrest, which sounds like death isn't any more fun or tranquil than life. So much for something to look forward to.

Some ghosts just like to scare it up. It's not always like "Ghosthunters" the show.

Redditor u/Murky-Increase4705 wanted to hear about all the times we've faced some hauntings that left us shook, by asking:

Reddit, what are your creepy encounters with something that you are convinced was paranormal?
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The past year brought about much anxiety and it's been a challenge to find the light in what has felt like perpetual darkness.

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A lot of talk going on about women's bodies, isn't there?

Not necessarily with women front and center as part of the conversation, unfortunately.

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