Inadequacy is the mismatch of individual acts of mental activity or their combination to external circumstances. For example, emotional discrepancy is characteristic of paranoia. In other words, an incomprehensible and abnormal manifestation of emotions as a response to an external pathogen, or a lack of response to the condition that aroused it. Often, the discrepancy between the behavioral response is observed in subjects suffering from a psycho-neurological pathology, dependence on the consumption of narcotic drugs and alcohol-containing liquids. In addition, inadequacy can be observed at the pubertal stage of maturity as a behavior departing from social boundaries. The inadequacy is more pronounced when it is impossible to adapt to the environment or difficult everyday situations.
In order to identify the factors that give rise to inadequate behavior, it is necessary to understand what the notion of “adequacy” implies. The definition of this term is rather vague, since often the boundary between abnormality and norm is erased. For example, a certain behavior pattern from one person to others seems organic and normal, but in another subject it causes condemnation and rejection. Excessive extravagance of the young person will be taken as a manifestation of individuality and style, a similar image in an elderly lady will cause ridicule and criticism. In other words, society will consider an elderly woman in an extravagant outfit, not suitable age period, inadequate.
Inadequacy of behavior, from the standpoint of psychological science, is a behavioral response that does not correspond to the surrounding reality, departing from the generally established regulatory postulates and rules.
Simply put, by inadequacy implies a deviation of the behavior of a person’s claims, his plans from the limits of established norms, elementary prudence, beyond the limits of behavior considered natural for obtaining an optimal result that is mutually beneficial for the subjects that are included in the interaction.
Inadequacy differs from recklessness by the fact that a stupid individual makes mistakes and acts incorrectly because of errors, misunderstanding of things, misalignment of ideas towards irrational outlook. At the same time, there is a certain motivation in his behavior. In other words, the actions of such subjects are wrong, but quite understandable.
Inadequate individuals deliberately commit unacceptable and abnormal acts, being aware of this. Acting inadequately, the subject consciously seeks to destroy or deform the established norms of society in their own favor, in order to obtain a certain benefit, material or psychological.
The state of inadequacy may occur due to the following factors:
- innate personal properties;
- individual character traits (egotism, gambling, leadership qualities, hyperbolic sex traction);
- social living conditions;
- economic well-being;
- position in society;
- family relationships;
- severe stress;
- psychological trauma;
- severe illnesses, injuries;
- interpersonal relationships, for example, interaction with the individual, showing a negative pattern of behavior;
- mental disorders;
- excess of duties (the need to meet the norms and standards, shortened deadlines for completing tasks force people to take an excessive number of duties, the fear of not being able to achieve what is intended is poorly displayed on the behavioral response);
- the use of alcohol-containing beverages;
- drug addiction.
The reasons provoking the inadequacy of behavior, in addition to the above, may be mass. However, it must be remembered that often the essence of the problematic is multifaceted and multicomponent.
Signs of inadequacy
There are many signs of inadequacy, but it needs to be considered comprehensively. Individuals should not be labeled as inadequate, finding only one of the manifestations below.
The state of inadequacy is expressed in the following actions. And above all, it is found in unpredictable changes in the mood of a polar nature (a bad mood is replaced by euphoria, a good one is replaced by a bad one), an unexpected response to people (an excessively impulsive behavior). Facial expressions and gestures of an individual in the described state do not correspond to what is happening. Such subjects are characterized by excessive theatricality, fussiness, excessive gesticulation, or, on the contrary, unnatural calmness, inappropriate settings, and a frozen, unblinking look directly in the eyes of the interlocutor.
An inadequate person is inclined to interrupt the conversation, not listening to their arguments and judgments, may not listen to others at all, or voice his own opinion off topic. Often skipping categorical statements. Individuals in a state of inadequacy often express an opinion completely inappropriate. They can translate the subject of conversation in a completely different direction. They chat more about their own persona. Their speech is filled with swear words, rude expressions, slang turns. In addition, they can use demonstratively abstruse sentences in everyday household conversation.
In appearance there is an inappropriate selection of clothes, a style that is inappropriate to the event or the setting, frilly or causing outfits. Appearance also undergoes changes: brightly colored curls, an unusual hairstyle, causing makeup. In the sons of Adam, the inadequacy is manifested in excessive piercing, "tunnels" in the auricles, many tattoos, scarification.
Inadequate people are inclined to perceive “with hostility” all sorts of judgments and ideas of opponents when speaking, regardless of their argumentation and consistency. Also, they are characterized by increased sensitivity, inadequate reaction to friendly teasing, jokes, harmless subring.
Inadequate behavior can be expressed in aggressiveness, suspicion, motor disinhibition, suicidal attempts or tendency to self-harm, immoral acts, antisocial acts, conflict, violation of social interaction, categorical statements.