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Are You Lazy…Or?


Charles Smith

Published by John Willis Limited

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For more information on this book please e-mail Charles Smith on chacsmith@gmail.com



This book is dedicated to my lovely aunt Sheila.

Author’s Preface

Many at times people wonder whether they are lazy or something is happening to them. Maybe there is a spirit which haunts them, never to go for what they want because they do not feel the need and lack the drive. Of course there are no such spirits. It’s not always the case that you are lazy, there are some distractions or maybe you feel tired. This book shows you the kind of person you are. I am sure that it all happens to many of us when we feel like not doing nothing at all.

Embrace yourself to see what you will be reading in the next few pages. You will understand the truths behind laziness. Sometimes laziness is just a myth we use to think that we cannot perform a certain task merely because it might take long than what we would have anticipated.

Please read this book carefully and take hint of what you really are. Are you lazy…Or.

Are You Lazy…Or

The beginning

What is Laziness?

Laziness can also be described as indolence (inactivity resulting from a dislike of work). It is a disinclination to any meaningful activity despite possessing the necessary energy to do it. Laziness is commonly used as a pejorative to describe someone who has been lazy. People who are lazy always have the desire to be idle, to do nothing, and resist effort. These people simply don’t want to do anything at all. If you are that kind of person then you are heading for disaster.

Lazy people are always in a state of passivity and want things to remain the same way as they are. Come-on everyone has to change and develop!

After a long task at the office we feel lazy after completing this task, we just want to stay in bed the next morning. However, if you find yourself doing nothing mostly too often, then something has to be done about it. Otherwise that goal will disappear into thin air and remain locked in your head forever.

To live our lives fully, compete the targets we set to achieve, complete daily chores, you name it, we still have to overcome this disease called laziness.

The word laziness doesn’t appear that much in many inspiration books, it is only till recent that psychologist have decided to understand what laziness is really all about. Many people mix up laziness with the lack of ability. Often at times a teacher might think that you are lazy because you didn’t research much about the topic, yet you had spent weeks to get the answers you have. And the teacher simply tells you that you are lazy. In addition laziness should never be confused with avolition, which is a negative symptom of certain mental health problems such as sleep disorders and depression.

Psychology describes laziness as a habit rather than a health problem. Laziness may reflect a lack of positive recognition by other people, lack of self-esteem, a lack of interest in an activity or a strong belief in its efficacy, and a lack of discipline caused by low self-confidence levels. The term laziness can be fuelled up by vacillation and procrastination. Recent studies focusing on motivation have suggested that laziness is mainly caused by demotivation. Whereby demotivation is caused by excessive impulses, over-stimulation and or distractions. A neurotransmitter called dopamine, which functions in relation to reward and pleasure. It is suggested that the more dopamine released, the greater intolerance someone becomes for valuing and accepting productive and rewarding action. This desensitization leads to dulling of the neural patterns and negatively affects the anterior insula of the brain which functions for risk perception.

Engaging in multiple tasks at the same time causes behavioural issues such as subsequently pessimism, failure or perfectionism and lack of focus. In circumstances like these laziness can develop as an aversion to the real task, an adverse coping mechanism, and the desire to avoid particular situations hoping of countering certain experiences and expected negative outcomes.

On the contrary boredom is often conflated with laziness. Boredom on the other hand is the feeling of being bored by something tedious. With laziness you are just not willing to carry out the task for various reasons. Boredom is a symptom of laziness, it basically accompanies laziness. Aversive states as laziness can be very adaptive for making change and become toxic if left unattended to. Be creative and constantly try to find ways to overcome this state of mind by simultaneously trying over and over again till you find a solution. Relentless engagement in tasks without any breaks can cause oscillations of negative results and failure. This has an adverse impact on your mental health. Laziness can render one apathetic to reactant mental health problems, namely depression, anxiety, anger, and drug abuse.

Characteristics of a Lazy Person

A person who is hyperactive behaviour can perceive a more relaxed person as lazy. However, in some cases laziness is in the eye of the beholder, you are the only one who sees it. Someone who is elderly, and has spent their entire life working hard can view a much younger person as being lazy as compared to what they would have achieved at that same age. People who are in chronic unemployment are also perceived to be lazy because they do not want to apply for jobs, or cannot expend time on chasing something. Other disabled people and often diabetic people are also referred to being lazy too.

However, there are real causes of laziness which are inactivity and behavioural laziness that emanates from an emotional and or physical disorder, such as depression. There is another type of laziness that originates from mood altering drugs and chemical dependency. There is also this kind of laziness that comes from inadequate training in tasks that result in being active, then there are life experiences, and upbringing.

However, in some cases where a person is not normally considered lazy, a sudden change in behaviour will need to look for a possible psychological and or medical cause.

Laziness has different levels. It can generally be an inability to get enough motivation in activities that are tedious, such as sorting out that big junk of work on your office table, going to the gym, and making the garden. When you find yourself unable to organize yourself from disorganization or merely from the lack of attention to create order within yourself, then you are lazy. Laziness leaves you in the same position, with laziness there is no progress. You are not ready to take the necessary action.

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