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Hi there! I hope to be of some assistance to you-- it basically means that a person has difficulty controlling their actions, or impulses. For instance, if a child gets an urge to touch something on the stove, they don't stop to think about the outcome--- they just reach out. If a person gets angry, they cannot control their urge to shout and lash out. If a person gets an idea in their mind, they act on it immediately without considering the consequences, safety or relationships involved. The dictionary definition is:
But isn't there a psychological term that is called Impulsitivity? I was switching the channels on my TV the other day when a program suddenly caught my interest. They appeared to be talking about people that are very intrusive or people that invade other people's space or people that overstay their welcome or something like that. Next, someone used the word Impulsitivity as a psychological term. It was after that when my TV messed up, and I was unable to hear the whole story. Thank you.
Impulsivity: Inclined to act on impulse rather than thought. People who are overly impulsive, seem unable to curb their immediate reactions or think before they act. As a result, they may blurt out answers to questions or inappropriate comments, or run into the street without looking. Their impulsivity may make it hard for a child to wait for things they want or to take their turn in games. They may grab a toy from another child or hit when they are upset.
Impulsivity is a characteristic feature of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Is this what you were asking?