11/26/2014 08:57 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

6 Reasons To Celebrate Who You Truly Are (Quirks and All)


This world of ours is filled with a vastly varied cast of characters -- and we're delighting in the goofy, kooky, quirky and perfectly wonderful qualities that make each of us unique.

1. What Makes Up Your Personality? 5 Surprising Factors
Some people eat all their blue M&M's first. Some seek wisdom in tea leaves. Some are the sort to never leave a dish in the sink, while others are lifelong breeders of dust bunnies. Some flee from pigeons, while others keep pet iguanas. Though these behaviors may seem odd at first glance, they are the very idiosyncrasies that make us human. Rising from the bedrock of our personality and shaped by our varied environments, these quirks ensure that we are all peculiar -- and, as such, not peculiar at all.
— Hannah Holmes

The personality traits that everyone has in common

2. Is It Just Me? 5 People Share Their Most Excellent Eccentricities

In celebration of our oddest traits, candid souls reveal their most quirky qualities.

Learn to love your quirks

3. How Quirky Are You?

We asked visitors to Oprah.com about their unusual habits. Turns out they had plenty to share...

Do you do any of these kooky things?

4. Why You Should Be in Awe of Your Flaws

Tiphanie Yanique sings the praises of our perfectly imperfect bodies -- warts, moles, freckles, scars, cowlicks, crooked noses, gap teeth and all.

Find the beauty in your perfect imperfections

5. Why What Sets You Apart Actually Helps You Succeed

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Taylor. When she sat down to eat lunch in her school cafeteria, the girls she'd once called friends stood up and moved to another table. They had cast Taylor out of their clique because instead of going to parties with them on weekends, she'd stay home and write songs on her guitar. The outsider landed a development deal with a record company and moved with her parents to Nashville. She would go on to become the first artist since the Beatles -- and the only woman -- to record three consecutive albums that spent six or more weeks at number one. Taylor Swift (maybe you've heard of her?) is still writing songs and is a spectacular example of what I call quirk theory: the idea that the differences that might make young people feel alienated are often the ones that win them admiration and respect in adulthood.

— Alexandra Robbins

Find the qualities that could be the source of your success

6. How to Uncover the Talents Only You Can Offer the World

Answer these 10 questions to discover what makes you wonderfully rare.

A little exercise to put you on the path to self-knowledge

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