The bright side of impulsivity

Let’s go to the dark side first. The most annoying thing about impulsivity is that you act before you think.

Imagine yourself after a few beers. Yeah, this is what I’m talking about. Some of us act like this without drinking any alcohol at all (bless you ADHD).

But in some situations, impulsivity can be a great thing.

  • Impulsivity can boost creative moments
  • You are willing to take risks (this can be bad as well, but let’s focus on the bright side)

  • It makes you feel alive
  • You’re more likely to go all in into things
  • You can’t get bored

If you’re getting into trouble because of your impulsivity, you can work on it. One of the greatest tools to manage impulsivity is practicing mindfulness. I’d really recommend it to everyone, not just impulsive people. There are also other techniques which can help.

What is your relationship with impulsivity, how do you use it for something good?

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16 thoughts on “The bright side of impulsivity”

  1. β€œI learned to recognize the thorough and primitive duality of being human; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.”

    ― Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  2. My impulsivity is relatively mild to some I have heard but still not a good one. I almost always wish I thought before I said the thing and planned better before making a purchase or pursuing a hobby. I used to think it was my enneagram 7-ness, but I know see it as my ADHD because it has gotten me in hot water at time. Luckily never enough to cause permanent damage, but frequently enough to just be aware and super annoyed.

  3. There is a great book for adults with ADHD called PlayDHD by author Kristen Miliken and you touched base on an important topic of hers from inside the book. I highly suggest checking it out!


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