The term normal has many meanings, as listed below.
In behavior, normal means not deviating very much from the average; "not normal" is often used in a negative sense (improper, sick, etc.). Abnormality varies greatly in how pleasant or unpleasant this is for other people; somebody may half-jokingly be called "pleasantly disturbed". Examples of "normality" are mainstream, temperance, vanilla sex, equilibrium, stability, reality, peace, health, middle way; contrast these with eccentricity, perversion, paraphilia, intersexual, disease, disability, mental illness, addiction, war, crime, fantasy, dream, hallucination, illusion.
Some terms could fit in both lists, for example boredom: too much "normality" can be boring, but boredom is a kind of suffering, which can be considered "not normal".
- Quote: It is dangerous to be right on a subject on which the established authorities are wrong. - Voltaire. (It is dangerous not to be "normal" even if you are right).
Sciences and education
- In chemistry, the normality of an acid or an alkali is one way to measure its concentration.
Normal is the name of several places in the United States:
- In the Pokémon video game franchise, Normal-type Pokémon are Pokémon that do not have any outstanding elemental characteristics, such as not being able to breathe fire or not being a ghost.