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At what point in your life did you develop an "I don't care what people say" attitude? "I'm going to believe what I want!"?

Asked by Jude (31980 points ) June 16th, 2011

“I’m not a sheep and I have no interest in following, nor will I kiss anyone’s ass”.

For me, I would say around 21. It gets me into trouble sometimes, but, I couldn’t give a flying fig out of a rolling donut. :)

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King_Pariah's avatar

16 I finally began to crack the shell, 19 I finally got there.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I believe I was 8.

I got grounded ALOT XD

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I think when I was in my teens. I was a rebel and hellraiser.

flutherother's avatar

At the age of 18 or 19, or so I thought, but I was mostly just following a different herd.

Hibernate's avatar

I was young .. around 11 or 12 .. Since I was stubborn I only believed what I wanted.

I still act that way even if I loose a lot of things in life.

The_Idler's avatar

I was born like that, but I did have a go at Compliance for a year or so when I was 12.

Didn’t like it.

tom_g's avatar

Started at 16. Still working on it now at 38.

Jude's avatar

I love people who are able to stand up for themselves without being a dick! :)

josie's avatar

Three separate issues.

I don’t really care what people say. If it is true, I should already know it. If I didn’t know, it is a good thing I found out. If it is nonsense, it is irrelevant.

But if I believe absolutely anything, there is a chance I will be wrong more often than is healthy or productive. So I better be believing what is in fact true.

And I have never kissed anybody’s ass anyway.

I got that attitude around age 22.

RangerRick's avatar

Early 20s. But it’s a process. And I do care what my wife says.

Your_Majesty's avatar

When I’m smart enough to know what I’m doing/thinking. Around 17. I have my own perspective but I respect others perspective as long as they’re not trying to attack or disprove mine.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I’m kind of the opposite, I’ve mellowed a lot since my younger years, teens or childhood. That attitude caused me a lot of frustration, exceedingly stressful ideals and many many disappointments.

seperate_reality's avatar

I hit a point in my life, where I really became more certain of myself and my belief system, which addresses life itself, through my own spiritual non-faith based religion. Now, instead of “wanting to be liked” or “reacting negatively to what someone might say” I try and understand other people and where they are coming from. I easily just blow off non-sense now coming from someone who is angry, upset, or, insane. Anyone can have a bad day and act irrational temporarily or have a simple misunderstanding with me or someone else. I realized that no single individual on this planet is perfect and most of these need to be listened to and understood.

Blueroses's avatar

Not yet. I mean, I’m opinionated and will make my own choices about following “what people say” but I’ve been mistaken often enough to realize that I don’t know everything. Not even close. I don’t want to shut myself off in a world of I don’t give a shit because how would I ever learn anything new?

perspicacious's avatar

I was like this as a child, actually.

YARNLADY's avatar

I’ve pretty much made my own choices from as early as I can remember. My parents encouraged me to think for myself. Following my own path doesn’t mean I have an “I don’t care attitude”. I do care, and I hope it shows.

wundayatta's avatar

I’m still interested in pleasing others and getting good feedback. Somehow, I don’t believe anyone who says they don’t care what others say any more. If people truly did not care, cooperation would be impossible. We’d have anarchy.

Perhaps it’s a matter of degree?

rock4ever's avatar

Always been like that.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

When I was around 15. All my years from 7th to even 10th grade people have been calling me names saying I am a gay and such. I always denied it. I can’t know if I am interested only in women because I have never tried anything with both sexes so why judge.
It always got to me but when I was 15 that’s when I think I discovered someone called Lady Gaga… who loves anyone for whom they are. I really am inspired by her.
I stopped caring what people thought of me because life was too short to be arguing about stupid things and I should just stop worrying and enjoy it to the fullest.

Symbeline's avatar

Frankly, I don’t know…if anything proceeded along, it was too gradual for me to pinpoint it, outside of in between now, and when I was like, three. I’ve always cared what people thought, but never enough for it to alter how I live my life and stuff, in any way. I’m much to independent and always lost in my own worlds for that to affect me much, so I’m only this way through default or something.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Maybe totally about 29yr, but in shades before that, starting around 17yr.

krrazypassions's avatar

lolz… all the time

The_Inquisitor's avatar

I think probably age 18 (about a year ago) So, pretty recently. I mean, it’s not like I cared a lot, but I definitely care a lot less now than before.

Ajulutsikael's avatar

I’ve always been like this as far as I know.

chewhorse's avatar

Shortly after my first paying job I realized that the big guys were in it for themselves.. It sounded logical so I took up the same philosophy.. Since then, my employers knew where I stood (and often respected it).. As for personal relationships, I’ll listen if it has meaning, otherwise they too know where I stand.

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