I hate it when my brain cockblocks the rest of me.
I meet someone really interesting. Then she does something I’m sure normal people never care about (e.g. misspelling an easy word), and my brain tells me never to have children with them. My brain and I are currently in battle over picky things like this.
Anyway, Debbie experienced something similar when she met a couple new friends at a social gathering. The three women were all talking and one of them mentioned that she didn’t like how religions forced some crazy ideas onto people.
Aha! Another person who wasn’t religious!? Sounded like someone Debbie would click with.
That’s when Debbie’s brain kicked in:
Girl 1: “…I really miss being in a relationship with Eric. But I’m much more outspoken than he is.”Girl 1: “You’re right, I don’t usually get along with them. But our moon signs were compatible, so I thought it might work out. What’s your moon sign?”
Host: “That’s because you’re an Aquarius. Both of you (gestures to pair) are Aquariuses.”
(Brain: …Uh oh.)
Girl 2: “Heh, yeah. And he was what, a Sagittarius? Yep, that’s usually trouble.”
Girl 2: “Scorpio, but I’m an Aries mask.”
Girl 1: “That totally makes sense. My moon sign is Gemini, which is really true!”
(Me: Shush, Brain. Stop making my face look skeptical! Neutral face, neutral face.)
Girls 1 and 2 turn to me: “What about you?”
(Brain: Tell them you think it’s bunk!)
(Me: Quiet! I’m trying to be social here!)
Oy. That’s frustrating. (One day, I’ll tell you all about my date with a woman who told me over dinner that she was a professional psychic. That was an interesting last date.)
Anyway, has that ever happened to any of you? You try to be social with other people when, all of a sudden, they say something completely irrational… and you have an internal debate over whether to smile and nod or offer a polite rebuttal that could sour the relationship.
(via Center for Inquiry)