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Wait... Laziness Doesn't Exist?


If there is one thing I can do its work hard.  Call it all the wood chopping, lawn cutting, garden weeding, household chores I had to do as a kid.  Guess I can thank my slave driving parents for this.  Haha ;-)

On the flip side of this I love love love kicking back and lounging.  I'm actually very good at it.  I often call it being lazy and feel I earned it with some quality hard work.

What if this wasn't being lazy?  What if my Olympic podium level lounging skills were a healthy counterbalance to all the hard work I did the 5 previous days?  What if this restores me into some level of balance so I can continue to work hard.

"Situational constraints typically predict behaviour far better than personality, intelligence, or other individual-level traits."

So says Dr Devon Price - Social Psychologist and Professor at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Continuing & Professional Studies.  The article Laziness Does Not Exist is published on Medium.com.  Please give it a read here.

The article uses examples of homelessness, students and academia as examples of how people might be looking at human behaviour incorrectly.  

"So when I see a student failing to complete assignments, missing deadlines, or not delivering results in other aspects of their life, I’m moved to ask: what are the situational factors holding this student back? What needs are currently not being met? And, when it comes to behavioral “laziness”, I’m especially moved to ask: what are the barriers to action that I can’t see?  There are always barriers. Recognizing those barriers— and viewing them as legitimate — is often the first step to breaking “lazy” behavior patterns...  It's really helpful to respond to a person's behaviour with curiosity then judgement."

The article was very enlightening. Don't be lazy... Give it a whirl!  ;-)

 

I'd never been on Medium.com before.  There were a lot of interesting articles on there.. Check it out here.

"Medium taps into the brains of the world’s most insightful writers, thinkers, and storytellers to bring you the smartest takes on topics that matter. So whatever your interest, you can always find fresh thinking and unique perspectives."

 

I looked Medium.com up on MediaBiasFactCheck.com - "The most comprehensive media bias resource on the internet".  Unfortunately it didn't get a great review.  Read the review here.  However, I feel one can use their own critical thinking on this topic.  

"Overall, we rate Medium Left-Center biased based on story selection that moderately favours the left and Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack of sourcing and some articles that promote conspiracy theories and pseudoscience."

 

Thanks for reading.

Cheers!

Sheppy