Mind your schtick

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As a therapist, I occasionally get all caught up inside my head. No surprise there. My husband often has way better words for explaining things and one thing he talks about often, and I have stolen from his repertoire is the development of schtick.

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As we grow, mature, change and adapt we present ourselves to the world in certain ways. How we present ourselves and how others perceive us is a large part of relationship-building and daily living.

As people grow, they try on different behaviours and present ourselves to the world in different ways, in different situations.

When behaviours are reinforced, both positively and negatively it will have an impact on whether or not a person chooses to keep on going with that personal presentation.

When we do something often enough, it becomes a habit. Habits become hard to break.

Sarcasm, disdain, mocking, interrupting, joking are all habit forming. Jokes are funny, so is sarcasm when used correctly and respectfully (ie: when everybody gets it and no one is the target), but if they’re your default it may get in the way of people being able to trust you or converse with you.

Habits become your schtick. This is how others will perceive you.

Choose your schtick. Consciously choose your behaviours before they become habits.

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