When the mind drifts away
Even when we’re trying hard to concentrate
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from The Challenges Series
This article (and Series) speaks to ANY of us who struggle with staying focused and on-task, by the way. Distractibility is common with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and in plain vanilla brains with too much to do and too little time in which to do it all. What do you think is behind procrastination?
More about Distractibility
As I said in the conclusion to an earlier post of this series, Distinguishing Distractibility, most brains screen out persistent stimuli. That talent is part of the mechanism that ensures the survival of the species.
In order to be alert to something that might be life threatening, the brain automatically decides that ongoing stimuli are merely “background,” no longer important enough to pass along to…
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