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8 Struggles Only Easily Distracted People Would Understand

8 Struggles Only Easily Distracted People Would Understand

According to a recent article, people who get distracted easily are in fact creative geniuses. Unfortunately, being an easily distracted person isn’t exactly a bed of roses. They are faced with many challenges as a result of their inability to focus on one thing. Below are a list of struggles only people who are frequently distracted can relate to.

1. They need to read a sentence five times to get through it

This is the major struggle anyone who gets distracted can relate to. They find themselves being unable to make it to the end of the sentence without being distracted, which then forces them to start from the beginning again. Then they have to read it one more time to make sure what they read was accurate.

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2. They cannot study and listen to music at the same time

This is by far the most frustrating struggle. People who get distracted easily cannot listen to music while studying. They find themselves envying everyone who can master this art. They get engrossed in the music and shift their focus from their books – which is never a good thing.

3. They have several unfinished projects laying around the house

People who are easily distracted are taunted by the numerous unfinished projects lying around the house. They are constantly finding half-painted canvases and half-knitted scarves lying around everywhere. It’s a constant annoying reminder of how they cannot focus on one thing. They try to continue their projects but eventually get distracted again creating a vicious cycle.

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4. Their internet browser tends to be filled with more than three tabs

When they are working on something, they start with one tab and try to maintain focus but as time passes by they find themselves juggling fifteen different tabs. They are juggling scrolling through Pinterest, checking Twitter, working on their project, and Googling what hyenas eat for breakfast. This really slows them down when they are trying their hardest to be productive.

5. They have several unanswered texts

They attempt to answer a text as it gets in; however, something will pop up that will grab their attention, which leads them into thinking they have replied when they really haven’t. People who are easily distracted therefore have a phone filled with unanswered texts and a group of very angry friends.

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6. They get distracted by everything at grocery stores

Going to grocery stores is their worst nightmare. They walk in to the store knowing exactly what they want until a really good song starts playing, stealing away their limited attention. They are then left not remembering what they came to the store for in the first place. Or they get distracted by sale items and end up leaving the store with a bunch of things they didn’t need in the first place.

7. They can’t get through a story without starting another one in-between

Their friends and family will testify to this, they are unable to tell a story without starting one in the middle. They are unable to tell one story at a time without getting distracted, which is really frustrated not just for them but also for their friends and family as well. They find themselves juggling two or three stories at a time while struggling to remember the details for all of them.

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8. They can’t watch movies with subtitles

Movies with subtitles aren’t really their cup of tea. They find themselves getting so distracted by the subtitles, they lose focus from the movie and have no idea what’s going on by the end of the movie. People who get easily distracted prefer to watch movies in languages they understand.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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