I never used to think of myself as an impulsive person. I mean, sure, sometimes I spend too much, or eat too much. Maybe I’m not too careful, and at times say the first thing that pops into my mind. But most of the time I am too careful, which is why I don’t like social situations, because I never know what’s safe or easy to talk about.
As usual, I did a bunch or research for this topic, and learned a great deal in the process. I learned that impulsivity, as it relates to anxiety, has four separate parts:
1. Sensation seeking is when we take excessive risks and crave excitement.
2. Lack of perseverance is like no follow-through. It’s when we get really excited about taking a course, buy all the books and everything, and then they just sit there because we’ve lost interest.
3. Lack of planning is just what it sounds like; having big ideas but never getting them off the ground. Or, not making plans for the future.
4. Acting without thinking leaves one with relationships that are constantly conflicted, and reactions that are quick and rash.
I don’t know if you can relate to any of this, but I saw myself in each of them. *Le sigh*
Hope you have a fantastic afternoon or evening, wherever you are! ❤