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Chronic Impulsivity: Do you leap before looking?


Chronic Impulsivity: Do you leap before looking?

There is a fine line between being spontaneous and being chronically impulsive, and if you are wondering which side of the line you are standing on, check out some of the signs that you habitually leap before you look.

Signs of Chronic Impulsivity

Giving in to a whim is something all people do at one time or another – that’s why wardrobes have clothes or shoes that have been worn only once and never again, and a lot of important decisions are done in haste. The thing is, not all hastily made decisions yield poor results, and not all risky behavior leads to disastrous outcomes – a fact that often reinforces impulsivity. Still, there are other signs that point to the presence of impulsivity

People who have chronic impulsivity are frequently bored, and this fuels the urge to make choices more hastily than they should. They rarely think of the consequences of their actions, and coupled with their lack of patience, this can lead to risky behavior.

Is this you?

People with chronic impulsivity are prone to potentially harmful habits. The phrase “retail therapy” has become a humorous term for shopping when in distress. If it is an irresistible compulsion for you, you need to see if there is more to this activity than a fondness for shopping.

The inability to control impulses also manifests in being unable to keep immediate reactions in check. Individuals with severe impulse control issues often exhibit aggression, and they are commonly unable to leash their anger. This sometimes leads to difficulty in maintaining relationships.

An even more serious aspect of insufficient impulse control is that people who have it are more vulnerable to drug and alcohol abuse. Other telltale signs are difficulty in completing tasks and embarking on projects without preparation.

Causes of Chronic Impulsivity

Chronic impulsivity is not an unconquerable challenge, but it is not one that will go away without help. Many experts believe that people with severe impulse control issues must look into other underlying conditions that cause impulsiveness. For some, this may stem from attention deficit problems or come from an upbringing where there were no models or positive structures for emotional control. For others this may be a symptom of a disorder that needs more intense treatment to conquer.

Getting Help

If you habitually make decisions without adequate consideration and you have had to suffer their consequences, controlling your impulses may be an issue for you. People close to you may have observed that you do things recklessly, and you may even have talked to your friends and relatives about decisions you should have made more carefully. However, it will take more than venting or periodic bouts of regret to deal with the issue of chronic impulsivity.

Don’t go through life with your impulses controlling you. Get in touch with Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC and allow a caring, well-trained professional to help you gain control of your decision making, your reactions, and your life. Your call to Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC can be the beginning of a new way of living for you.


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