Jaggedness Destroys Average

08 Jun

Have you heard of the Jaggedness Principal? Essentially given a group of humans, not one will fit the average.  Celebrate, there is no such thing as ‘average’ so you cannot be ‘below average’.

Author Todd Rose wrote that “The principle holds that we cannot apply one-dimensional thinking to understand something that is complex and ‘jagged.’ What, precisely, is jaggedness? A quality is jagged if it means two criteria. First, it must consist of multiple dimensions. Second, these dimensions must be weakly related to one another. Jaggedness is not just about human size; almost every human character that we care about – including talent, intelligence, character, creativity, and so on – is jagged.”

Take your work place, or church group, or such, note down each individual’s age, shoe size, height and eye colour. Work out the average of each and then see if any one in that group fits that average. Strong likelihood is, you won’t.  The principal forced the US Airforce to come up with the adjustable cockpit seat, because no single pilot could fit in the averaged one.  Not everyone the same height, will have the same weight, not everyone the same weight will be the same dress size, not everyone who is the same dress size will have the same shoe size.  One size will never fit all, so stop trying to make us fit.

So, as we try and equalise, even-ise, level-ise, everything in our post-truth, open opportunities, global world, remember no-one is average, we are individual uniqueness, with similarities in same areas. 

While I’d never say I was average, I would say I am weird (that’s Western Educated Industrial Rich Democratic country).

Maybe I should stop watching QI re-runs, lol.


Posted by on June 8, 2018 in General


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6 responses to “Jaggedness Destroys Average

  1. Bushka

    June 8, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Love the ‘jaggedness’ of this post.. Delightful! Hugs! ❤

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    • Cerys G. Gray

      June 8, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      This is assuming one wishes to identify with the rest of the human race. I’ve never really been very concerned with where or how I fit in with the rest of mankind because I don’t care to fit in at all. I prefer to be excluded and left to myself, so how I compare with others doesn’t ever figure into my thinking. I see myself as a totally separate entity.

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      • AnneMarie

        June 9, 2018 at 2:50 pm

        Hopefully those around are not trying to compare you to a standardised ideal average. We are not all equal but should be respected and treated equally, as I know those close to you certainly deserve.

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  2. deacongill

    June 9, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    It’s such an important point! Trying to iron out jaggedness is a characteristic of dictatorial governments. Celebrate difference!

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    • AnneMarie

      June 9, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you Gill. To have equality, differences have to be recognised (and made balanced room for) but also that there will be differences resulting in inequality. Not every ballet dancer can be Prima, not every violinist will hold first chair, however without the ensemble the Prima/first is merely a soloist.

      I’ve often said a cleaner is as important as a surgeon, as the surgeon cannot work in a dirty unhygienic theatre.

      As for ‘average’ it’s merely a mathematic equation, not a bench mark stat to be evaluated against.

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  3. menhir1

    June 11, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I’m sure someone somewhere will tell us how much one size fits all for their convenience…then, a ‘new bit of designer thinking will appear to advise us how wonderful it is to find that a variation of something or other, will benefit everyone.


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