The Quirk Theory: Why Outsiders Thrive After High School

Quirk TheoryWhy is it that even as adults, we judge ourselves as if we were still in high school? How could such a brief time in our lives have left us with such an enormous imprint? And what is it with labels anyway?  The Band Geek.  The New Girl.  The Popular Bitch.  The Loner.  The Jock.  The Drama Twinkie.

In her new book “The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth,” author Alexandra Robbins examines the psychology and science behind being popular and being an outcast. Not all is bad news, however, in this trip back in time to our own high school home rooms. The encouraging news is this: the very things that set outcast students apart in high school, are the things that help them stand out later in life.

Why does this book matter?  Because if you have children, it’s a great handbook for what they may be going through now or may be headed for shortly.  It provides tips and tools for parents and kids alike.

With a son about to embark on the perilous path to high school this fall, I’d like to arm him with as much wisdom as possible.  Wisdom and also the reassurance to forge his OWN path and not be a follower. Because as Alexandra Robbins so wisely points out, it’s the quirky ones — the independent thinkers that beat to their own drum — that will inherit the earth.

Some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten is from other moms.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.