9 Types of Neighbors
Neighbors are a big part of society. They shape a community. A neighbor can be defined as someone who lives next door to you or near you. As you have neighbors you are also someone’s neighbor.
There are different types of neighbor’s in a neighborhood including the ones who spend their time figuring out how to hack your wifi password. At times, the meaning of the word ‘neighbor’ may change due to context. For example, at a conference, your neighbor is the person or people sitting beside, behind or in front of you or in simpler terms, close to you.
To some people, the term ‘neighbor’s´ reminds them of the hit film ‘Bad Neighbors’. They are right, there are bad neighbor’s. The type of neighbors you have your personality will determine your living experience in the neighborhood.
Neighbors can make or mar your perception of a community. When moving to a new place or living in an area, it is important to consider your neighbors and accept the fact that there are different types of people living in a community, people you may or may not like. If you live in Nigeria, know now that it is not possible to call the police about noisy neighbors. If you haven’t identified them yet, there are different types of neighbors.
Which neighbor are you?
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In every type of neighborhood, there are troublemakers. You may not have found trouble with them but when trouble comes, there is a 99.9% chance that this neighbor is the center of the whole thing. They make trouble where there is none and are always involved in altercations or conflicts. Such neighbors are common in every neighborhood. They are well known and avoided. Whenever something involves the troublemaker, sleeping dogs are immediately left to lie.Everyone is cautious around the troublemaker because they want a trouble-free day. They are fussy people who are just bothered about everything you do. With time they become paranoid, thinking they are the subject of every whisper and their next judgement call is to confront the discussants and fight. They do not only fight, they also incite conflicts amongst others. Neighborhood troublemakers can also be seen as catalysts.
The Prayer Warriors
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On every street and in every neighborhood, there is a prayer warrior. The prayer warrior keeps you up at night and they are your morning alarm. They drown your ears with the Songs of Solomon and prayers of Psalms, every word they utter is a prayer. You pray too, however, you feel your neighbour prays too much. In actual terms, a prayer warrior is someone who engages in spiritual warfare against satanic forces. In Nigeria, the term is sometimes used to describe one’s prayer life or mock them. Neighborhood prayer warriors turn everything into a prayer, including the simplest statements. Their home is filled with prayer books and they’re on fire for God. They never miss a religious program, ever. Neither to do they fail to invite you to prayer meetings and events.
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There is always that neighbor that is a gossip. They spend their time poking their nose into other people affairs and spreading it. Their conversations never fail to center around other people’s lives. The gossip is dangerous and toxic. If you dialogue with a gossip, expect to hear your words, possibly rephrased, from other people. Neighborhood gossip is the worst kind because that is the real big society and perception matters. No matter what you do, the neighborhood gossip will find something to say about you. Such neighbors have every kind of tea served in the neighborhood, in their pantry and they sip daily. They are an information and rumor house. They are dangerous.
The Overly Nice Neighbor
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Everyone has that nice neighbor that takes the niceness a bit too far. Though they say there is no such thing as being too nice, however, a certain level of niceness makes people feel uncomfortable and as though you are intrusive. It is nice to greet your neighbor when you see them and lend a helping hand if you wish too, but you can make your neighbors uncomfortable when you constantly take a keen interest in their wellbeing. An example of this is asking about the family members every time you see your neighbor, always offering to fix everything, always being present to help when something goes wrong, always paying pleasantry visits. It may sound like this neighbor is a guardian angel, however, the keyword is ‘always’. Always is sometimes annoying.
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There are types of neighbors and there are certain types of neighbors. This neighbor is one nobody prays to have. In every neighborhood, there is a borrowing neighbor. For some reason, they borrow everything, from shovels to lawn mowers to food flasks, spanners, onions, money, clothes, for all we know the house could be borrowed too. They are always borrowing and are often publicly disgraced because they fail to return items they have borrowed. When the borrower comes visiting, you hide your valuables, so they don’t ask to borrow it.
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There is always that one neighbor that is just too loud. Making noise is their hobby, on a calm Sunday evening, only sounds from their home can be heard. They are either shouting at the top of their voice, playing loud audio, or having a loud gathering. They are also loud during face-to-face conversations. Everything about them screams at you and you just cannot stand it.
The Ghost Neighbor
There is that one neighbor that doesn’t need a home because they are never home. Their house is inhabited by ghosts, bugs, and cobwebs. You would think this neighbor has a home to house their belongings, however, they have the basic things they need elsewhere, they only come home to pick up things or sleep a night or two and they are off again. Such neighbors are so outgoing, they are never around. Some of this include work travels, or leisure outings. They know everyone, and everyone knows them, but you only see this neighbor once a month or sometimes, once in 3 months.
The Secretive/ Reserved Neighbor photo via en.koalaquiz.com
The secretive neighbor is that neighbor nobody knows anything about. They are always around and live a regular life like everyone else but are never present at neighborhood gatherings. They do not speak to anybody and vice versa. At times you might not know this neighbor is your neighbor. They are reserved and sometimes secretive. They never give off information and they do not talk much. They don’t visit anyone, and nobody visits them either. The high fence and quiet compound is their M.O. The neighborhood gossip has tried to crack them and often develops theories on the secretive neighbor, but they still have no solid information.
The Party Ambassadors
Every neighborhood has the party ambassador neighbor. They are always attending parties. No party within and outside the neighborhood is a party if this fine neighbor is not present. The party ambassador neighbor serves as the event planner, hype man, and guest. From weddings to birthdays, raves, housewarming and clubs, they are the life of the party.