I hate it when people expect you to follow rules for rules sake. Particularly social rules, like older people can't be childish
Same here. The only thing I find worse than being expected to adhere to others' social convictions is being forced to swim upstream against said convictions. For example, the automatic assumption that younger generations are globally inept. It's impractical to completely ignore the opinions of a professional younger than yourself simply because he's "a little wet behind the ears", and yet people do it every day. The presumed incompatibility between women and rational thought is a fun one, too, but I'd rather not open that particular can of worms.
Originally Posted by Malcontent
For who answered REJECTION: do you escape situations that are associated with possible rejection, or what do you do?
It all depends on the rejection potential that a situation holds. If the probability is in the 70%+ range, yes, I'll avoid it. As for occasions in which I've already humiliated myself/been rejected, I'm content to avoid the people involved for as long as is necessary. For example, there have been a few instances in my where I've gotten into nasty arguments with people and ended up "removing" them from my life entirely as a result. Now that I'm a little older, however, I actively try to keep myself from giving into escapist impulses.
"How dreadful!" cried Lord Henry. "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." ~ Oscar Wilde - The picture of Dorian Gray