A recent question came in from a high school girl wondering what constituted being creepy. She was worried that her shyness around some guy she liked might be perceived as creepy. Well we can set the record straight. That’s far from creepy. Typically teenage girls don’t fall into the creepy category. They certainly don’t make our list. Her situation sounds more like a young person trying to figure out how to navigate the rough social waters of high school.
Okay we’ll give her that……the whole high school experience can feel kind of creepy in general.
So what or whom would be considered creepy?
Well, let’s see what Webster says first.., (flip pages….ahh here it is.)
1) Having or causing a feeling of fear or disgust.
Well that’s pretty basic, and pretty telling. We would say that teenage girls don’t fall into the fear or disgust category.
So what does?
Spiders, insects, the usual ensemble of bugs, and crawly things. In terms of bugs, we define creepy as anything we wouldn’t particularly like crawling on our skin. The list is too long.
So what else is creepy?
Clowns are often creepy as hell. And old men. And even worse, an old man dressed up in a clown costume, performing at a kid’s birthday party. That scenario gives us the shivers.
And what about Glen Close in that creepy movie. What was that called? Oh yeah, “Fatal Attraction.” Now she was creepy!
A lingering stare is kind of creepy, or being too helpful when it’s not asked for is definitely creepy.
Or how about just appearing out of nowhere? Imagine wherever you go, this same person just shows up when you turn around. Yikes, that gives us the willies.
Creepy is somewhere between uncomfortable and stalking. It’s more like “uneasy” or “unsettled.” It’s a sixth sense that says, something is not the way it should be. And this feeling is universal. Everyone knows what creepy is, it’s just different for each person.
Please leave us your list of one t0 five things, creatures, places, or people that creep you out. We’re going to make a universal list and share it on an upcoming podcast.
And for our young teenage friend we can just say, take off that hooded cloak and those skinny black jeans, and step out of the shadows and say something! We’re trying our best to keep you off our list!