Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. This question’s pretty short and to-the-point.

What are the indicators of chronic impulsivity?

You know, I thought we were going to go to an easy one like, what do you think about moving out of New York City… but no, you threw me a curveball!

Alright, so there are two things I want you to think about in your life. You have two psychological health indicators (for the purposes of this question). One of them is frustration tolerance and the other is impulse control.

Frustration tolerance has to do with how much frustration you can tolerate before you crack, snap, or break. You ever had a day where you thought to yourself “I’m losing my patience”? Ever had a day where you got to the end of the day and thought “Man, I am out of gas”? That means your frustration tolerance was low. Impulse control is your ability to control your urges. An impulse is just an urge.

So chronic impulsivity has to do with an extended period of time where if you have the urge to do something, you do it. That’s chronic. The difference in acute impulsivity and chronic impulsivity is that acute means that you had the impulse to do something, so you did it. Chronic impulsivity is every time you have the urge to do that thing, you do it. And it’s over a long period of time. Chronic anything has to do with a long duration.

So, the indicators of chronic impulsivity are when a person has urges and they just act on those urges all the time. Chronic has to do with duration. Impulsivity is if there is an urge, and can it be controlled or delayed. If you can’t delay an urge, then you’re impulsive. If you can’t delay it over and over and over again in multiple areas, then it’s chronic.

Hope that’s helpful, take care.

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