Impulsivity and Lacking Self-Discipline

Georgie was never still! She was always surrounded with people and projects, activities and ambitions. If there was a new club, she wanted to join it; if there was a new trend, she was on it. Her mind never seemed to stop. And she talked… fast and sometimes a bit loud which, you had noticed, was starting to make her friends cringe. Getting her to slow down, to stick at something or with someone, was the hardest thing; there was always something else to distract her. It was beginning to affect her school work; rushing, carelessness, unrealistic goals. It was as if her way of coping with stress was to do more, do something else. If her engine didn’t stop not only was she going to crash in her impulsive decisions, but it was pretty soon going to be running on empty….

Children who develop a fixed bias toward high self-disclosing, and a bias toward high seeking change, can have increased risks: they can exhibit limited perseverance and self-control. They can be careless and develop poor self-management. They may become distracted and reach for escapist, deflecting ways to self-sooth. They may be prone to fatigue, over stretching themselves.

The articles on this page will guide parents how to put in place signposts at home so that children developing a bias toward high self-disclosing, along with high seeking change, can learn to steer more healthily.

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