What is behind laziness? Although many may not believe it, this dimension can hide the shadow of a depression, the rumor of fears, the weight of stress or even the pressure of a society that excessively praises effort and the achievement of goals … Thus, we could say, without a doubt, that we are facing a dimension with great psychological conditions that we must know.
It is enough to do a minimum search on the net to see the large number of articles related to laziness. However, most of them have the same focus, the same purpose: the obligation to overcome it.
They offer us dozens of strategies to get rid of that common reality, like someone taking off an old dress or an uncomfortable scab. However, they rarely invite us to understand that behind laziness there may be latent processes and neglected facts.
On the other hand, experts on the subject, such as Dr. Nando Pelusi, an evolutionary psychologist and a rational-emotional therapist, explain something very interesting about it. Our species has tended to save energy. That is, laziness, or rather that immobility that sometimes characterizes us, is something we have inherited from our ancestors.
When resources were scarce and insecure, we tended to save our strength with the thought that we could need it at any time. Perhaps, in the same sense, the embrace of laziness is due to the fact that we also perceive a certain insecurity around us and we need a time of introspection and stillness to save energy and reflect.
Now, as Dr. Pelusi points out, that capacity to react, fight and seek solutions to problems in areas that we have not traveled is in our genes. Laziness, therefore, has (in most cases) its reason for being and its purpose. In this sense, understanding it, knowing what is behind it can make life easier in many ways.
“We know what we are, not what we can be.”
– Hamlet, William Shakespeare-
Factors behind laziness
What lies behind laziness is not always weakness. Nor is it idleness, procrastination, or procrastination. Sometimes we tend to confuse terms and it is necessary to separate one thing from another.
For example, we know that laziness and the person who procrastinates have one element in common: low motivation. However, the procrastinator does have the intention or idea to be employed on the task.
On the other hand, the person characterized by laziness does not always have the strength to achieve their objectives. Therefore, it is in those cases when it would be necessary to know what is behind that state. Let’s look at the most frequent causes.
Laziness as a mask of fear
Laziness simulates that soft and comfortable bed from which to flee from reality. We abandon ourselves to it when excessive fears accompany us in our daily lives. Fear of not being able to fulfill what we had set out to do, fear of failing, fear of not being what others expect, anguish at having to face what we do not control …
Soon we finished doing it: we leave it all for tomorrow or better, for when he sees me with more spirits . However, that tomorrow never comes because fears already collapse our entire world.
Laziness as a symptom of depression
Depression is not always easy to detect for those who suffer from it. In most cases, it is camouflaged after exhaustion, apathy and that discouragement that engulfs everything in its black hole.
In this way, studies such as the one carried out at Harvard Medical University and published in the journal Clinical Neuroscience reveal precisely that laziness is a recurring symptom in a large part of depression patients. Therefore, let us never neglect that reality, especially if it is accompanied by psychological symptoms such as hopelessness, negativity and fatalistic thoughts.
Behind laziness there may be medical conditions that need to be clarified. Thus, when faced with states of prolonged fatigue, exhaustion and discouragement, it is always convenient to perform a series of clinical diagnostic tests. We cannot ignore that any alteration in the thyroid gland, as well as diabetes, anemia, sleep apnea, heart disease or even fibromyalgia can explain this reality.
Behind laziness there is lack of real purpose
Purposes are part of our vital definition. Thus, those who are lacking in goals, disappointed by certain experiences or affected by a reality that they consider too complex or adverse, will experience a clear discouragement. What’s more, that lack of illusion often leads us towards that laziness where stillness is a safe haven where we can be calm.
In some way, we have all gone through these specific times. What’s more, many of our teenagers can experience that feeling and translate it into isolation where they spend hours in their rooms under the shell of laziness. It is a known process that will end the moment they find a personal purpose.
Studies, such as the one published in the Lancet magazine and carried out by the Institute of Epidemiology at University College London, show us that well-being and happiness are precisely related to having a purpose, to giving meaning to life.
Therefore, if behind laziness there is indeed the emptiness of goals, of that confidence in the future and the illusion for a present, it is time to look for what motivates us, that gives us joy, hope and a purpose.
To conclude, perhaps it would be a good time to remove the stigma commonly associated with laziness. It is clear that there will always be profiles characterized by voluntary neglect, by that manifest and even annoying inactivity. However, there is something that demands our reflection: when laziness embraces us, we are also accompanied by discomfort and that uncomfortable apathy that we cannot define.
Let us learn, therefore, to understand what is behind the scenes of this state. Let’s poke around it, search and understand. Let’s not put off that annoyance from today until tomorrow, because if there is one thing we know about laziness, it is that the longer we take to face it, the more exhausted we will feel.