The ability to control your behaviour at all times is essential for the quality of your life, your health and wellbeing. People who have difficulties controlling their behaviour might not achieve their goals, obtain the promotions they desire or maintain their health at an optimal level. They might struggle with binge drinking, overeating, overspending or procrastinating, and they might choose smaller rewards now over bigger ones later on.
Let me give you couple of examples of when it is important to address impulsivity:
Is it for me?
Impulsivity is a complex aspect of human behaviour. Scientists are still deciding on the exact definition of impulsivity, but there are a number of useful statements that describe impulsivity, including these:
IS MY IMPULSIVE BEHAVIOUR OUT OF CONTROL? CHECK THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR BEHAVIOUR TO KNOW IF IT IS AN ISSUE.
Someone who is high in impulsivity can have difficulty controlling their behaviour and might be emotionally unstable, which manifests in behaviour that is risky and inappropriate and often leads to negative consequences (impaired relationships, damaged reputation, addictions).
Some other negative consequences of impulsive behaviour can be:
Furthermore, it leads to an individual experiencing:
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Note: Before taking part in this program, consult your doctor or mental health practitioner. This program is not a replacement or substitute for your psychological treatment. If you have a pre-existing mental health condition or have any concerns about completing computerised programs, please consult your doctor prior to starting this program.
Should you feel that anything in this program has brought up feelings of emotional distress, stop the program immediately and please contact the Lifeline counselling service by telephone on 13 11 14; if you are outside of Australia please contact your local mental health services and as soon as possible contact your mental health practitioner or your doctor. Remember, you have a right to discontinue the program if you find any of the tasks uncomfortable or distressing.
*** This program shall not be used as a substitute or treatment for Impulse Control Disorders or any other condition that requires intervention from an allied health practitioner or a medical practitioner.