Has anyone ever told you that you were impulsive?
“Impulsivity has been variously defined as behavior without adequate thought, the tendency to act with less forethought than do most individuals of equal ability and knowledge, or a predisposition toward rapid, unplanned reactions to internal or external stimuli without regard to the negative consequences of these…
“hmmm…I might add that impulsivity can strike at the most inopportune times. Can be embarrassing. Some people think kids are more impulsive than they used to be…maybe some adults are more impulsive, too…I am somewhat of an authority on impulsivity and not only because of the students I work with.
A few years ago at a fifth grade graduation, I told a story about how I learned to whistle with my hands in the summer after my sixth grade year. What I did not share at the time was how I tortured a sweet elderly white haired 6th grade teacher, named Mrs. Daze. I am sure I nudged her closer to retirement. It sounds utterly bizarre to me now, but sometime around March or April of my sixth grade year, I was starting to get the hang of whistling with my hands. And, in the middle of class a whistle would ring out. What was I thinking? True, there were 35 students in the room. And, I was in the back row. But, whistling in the middle of math class? You guys would never do that, right?
Now, don’t misunderstand. I was not a trouble maker, a bit impulsive, perhaps, but not a bad kid, and in fact, a good student. At any rate, Mrs. Daze would look at me with an incredulous look on her face, and say, “Jonathan, WHAT are you doing?” . To be honest, I was almost as surprised as she was. I could not give her a good answer. I guess I wasn’t thinking…about those negative consequences.
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