Inertness is a term used in several ways regarding the characteristics of a person. From a physiological point of view, it means a weak mobility of the nervous system and processes occurring in it, in particular, the ability to switch between the processes of excitation and inhibition and response to external stimuli. The biological development of inertia is associated with severe lesions of the brain, in particular the frontal lobes.
But the concept affects not only the physiological description of processes, inertness is a concept in psychology, meaning the present difficulties in changing the line of conduct or switching between different activities, as well as in the low speed of switching processes. Thought processes in such a person are slow, they differ in stereotyped reactions.
What it is
Inert people look inactive and indifferent, often accused of lack of motivation and desire for development. However, the sources of such a manifestation causes inertia of thinking, and not the problematics of motivation.
The inability to switch quickly leads to the fact that the planned plans are always postponed, sometimes to such a long time that they are completely canceled. The need to perform a task often becomes untimely or has grown to the scale of problems due to the low rate of process switching. An inert person needs time to understand the new activity, develop a new strategy of behavior and try to keep everything as it is.
There are practically no motives for timely fulfillment, because the leading aspiration is to preserve the maximum static nature in one’s life. In daily affairs, inertia also creates many difficulties, since it takes a lot of time to start working on adjusting its processes and setting up certain activities.
Personal life also suffers from such inertia, because after a working day, a person is not morally and psychologically returning home immediately, despite his physical presence. Such people may think about a working draft at a family dinner, not because of its importance or problematic nature, but simply because their brain has not yet tuned in to stay at home.
Laziness, indifference and low concentration of attention are always companions of inertness. The importance of tasks that have become not relevant, and distractibility often on things that are not related to a specific current moment. Laziness when inertia is caused by low mental performance and lack of general mental energy. Such people spend their energy on restraining the situation, avoiding change, maintaining the past way of action, whereas usually the most effective strategy is to support change.
Overcoming inertia in one’s own behavior and perception is an accessible task that is achievable, but long-term and requires constant human inner work. This is comparable to a cardinal change in life, because, in essence, the way we respond to the surrounding reality and interaction with it is changing.
To get results, determination is needed in the need for change. Trying to change your inner inertia without a critical need or for the sake of others will fail. It is necessary to highlight the key objectives, that is, what your life should be. The development of quality is necessary for something, respectively, it will be improved if in the future there is a prospect of its use. Also, to improve the inner determination helps the compilation of specific areas of life, relationships, their own manifestations, which suffer from inertia. Thus, a person receives a double incentive program with final development goals and negative sides, illustrating possible future and losses in case of ignoring.
Inertness develops when confronted with the same tasks and reveals stereotyped behavior and reactions. Mechanisms to simplify the activities laid down in the psyche to save resources, as a result, people forget how to see alternative options. To help yourself rebuild faster and notice more, work on finding ambiguous and unusual options. You can start with simple workouts in everyday life - every day to go in different ways, prepare different dishes, select new combinations in clothes. Get rid of ready-made solutions at the household level, and you will feel, literally physically, how your brain begins to work. The temptation to follow the usual, beaten track may be great due to the increasing level of tension - an important point to withstand the adaptation phase.
After a couple of weeks, a person notices that he can easily navigate around any unfamiliar terrain, and the use of new products in unusual combinations does not cause tension, but interest and satisfaction. Once the household level has received its diversity, you can get to work and relationships.
In the working moments it is recommended to consider the whole situation in a complex, despite its own narrow specialization. Proficiency occurs when a person sees nothing but his task (the doctors, ignoring related specialists, put wrong diagnoses, the designers, not taking into account the main consumer category of the company, make an unsuccessful layout, carpenters put the doors not suitable for the general interior, etc.).
This is a difficult, time-consuming path, for the psyche seeks to search for simple and direct solutions. This is relevant in crisis situations, danger to life and quick response, but in the long term leads to a decrease in the rate of switching of thought processes and overall performance.
Since inertia refers to the section of habits, it is possible to create conditions for the formation of a different action algorithm. The first thing to be done is to dethrone the physical and virtual space - you need to remove everything that can distract from the activities performed. All items that attract attention (game, table decorations, enabled alerts of messengers) contribute to a decrease in concentration, which is already rather unstable with inertia.
So that the chosen goal is not lost on the background of the usual attitudes, it is good to make a list of your life values and professional priorities. It is necessary for situations where it becomes a matter of choice what to do or when you lose motivation. It can also support an increase in its own internal energy, as well as a competent expenditure of available resources.
Banal advice on a balanced diet and adherence to sleep can prevent inhibitory processes in the nervous system. The variant with the use of activating drugs (caffeine, energy) has a temporary positive effect. In the long run, the use of artificial stimulants further depletes the nervous system, taking its last resources, and as a result, it requires an increasing dosage, without which a person is not able to switch even from watching television for a walk.
A bright push to start the reaction to improve the switchability is a change in the general mode of the day. Provide yourself an early rise, if you woke up early by noon, transfer your morning jog to the evening. Change the image of your leisure time - if you were at home, sign up for courses, if you’ve studied, then travel. The task is to artificially create new conditions for oneself, then the ability to react quickly to a change of situation will be developed organically and successfully.
Reducing the amount of stress allows you to release a huge block of resources previously spent on the resolution of permanent controversial situations. Sports activities help to relieve muscle tension, form new neural connections, stimulate new thinking processes, going in an unconventional way.