Impulsivity? –

April 6, 2018 – Impulsivity can be described as rapid, unplanned reactions to internal or external provocations with little consideration of the consequences. Impulsivity often refers to problematic behavior (Madden and Bickle, 2010). For example, a person is described as impulsive when he or she repeatedly buys things on impulse without considering his or her ability to pay for them. The choice may be satisfying now, but potentially detrimental in the long run. A failure to resist impulse is considered as an important obstacle to a more rational, long-term strategy for success. We can all relate to this weakness. Those of us who have resolved to eat healthy food only to succumb to temptation when seeing an unexpected box of Girl Scout cookies in the house. We all behave impulsively at one time or another, but some of us are too impulsive.

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