The Psychological Anatomy Of Laziness

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Sitzfleisch is a German word that means “sitting meat” and refers to sitting on your behind and not getting your work done on time. The situation sounds familiar, right?. Let me tell you why it means and sounds the same as what our mothers call us when we are being lazy. Happens to many of us. Similarly, there are many other words that we use for laziness. Whether we call it lethargy, sloth, or idleness. In the end, all these terms simply indicate an unwillingness to work or use energy, despite having the ability to do so. Often, this is not what we think it is.

Let’s learn a little psychology behind this lazy behaviour!

The Psychology Behind Laziness

There are people who occasionally feel lazy, sometimes because they’re tired, sometimes when they had a bad day but that is not a permanent state. However, when this state is not occasional and is prolonged, it could become a problem and interfere with the proper functioning of the individual.

Moreover, there could be other reasons such as these.

  1. Not Enough Emotional Support

    People who do not have enough emotional support around and have no one to talk to, the constant struggle with their own emotions can lead up to exhaustion and laziness. It is very important to have someone around to keep you on track, listen to you and push you to manage your responsibilities. Having no one to discuss your emotional state can lead to laziness, constant sadness and in a longer run, depression.

  2. Needing But Not Expecting Attention From Others

    A person needs attention but asking for attention is not simply the case for many. Asking or expecting for attention from others and not getting any can push you off the rails.

  3. Thinking Whether The Action Would Be Worth The Effort Or Not

    Thinking of doing something and finding it not worth the effort is another cause of laziness. It is not our fault but sometimes our past experiences can force us to think in a certain way.

  4. Fear Of Rejection

    Being rejected on something, humiliated on how you did it and not getting proper acknowledgement is a major cause of our ‘apparent’ laziness. These behaviours gradually develop from our childhood and form into permanent personality traits when we grow up.

  5. Constant Discouragement In The Past

    Facing a lot of discouragement and negativity on your efforts can lead up to unwillingness and not paying attention to certain activities. These are the things which need proper professional attention.

Consequences Of Prolonged Laziness

In most cases, people do not like to put in efforts on long-term goals that do not provide immediate gratification. For a person to get back on a project, he has to feel his comfort and willingness otherwise, it gets nearly impossible to get to work again. Self-confidence is what brings you back to track and motivates you. If a person has lost their self-confidence, no matter, whatever happens, no one can convince them to do anything unless they gain their confidence back and for that proper medical attention is required.

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Javeria Adil Chughtai

Javeria Adil Chughtai

A journalist and a medical researcher by profession, badminton player and photographer by passion. You can call me an artist but No, I can't draw you! 😀

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