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Chapter Eight. Are You Impulsive? > Understanding Impulsiveness

Understanding Impulsiveness

An impulsive personality is made up of three subtraits.[2] The first measures your ability to focus on the task at hand and to control racing thoughts. The second assesses your tendency to act on the spur of the moment. And the third measures your ability to think ahead and to enjoy challenging mental tasks. Together, these three subtraits provide a fairly consistent measure of impulsiveness.

Like procrastination, impulsiveness in some situations can be positive. For minor decisions that have minimal long-term consequences, being able to decide quickly minimizes stress and can make life easier. However, for major decisions that influence the trajectory of your life path, impulsiveness can lead to inconsistent and poor-quality decisions.


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