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The Good, The Bad, And The Impulsive

tool box and spray bottle
I’ll take it!

How’s your impulse control?

Or is controlling them really the problem? How is it an impulse if we don’t follow through?

Maybe what it is is that we have impulses. Do NT’s not have impulses? If they think of something and then don’t do it, is that even an impulse?

I think not!

Today I went grocery shopping. I used to love grocery shopping. Now I hate it.

I mean, I love getting out of the house, especially in these times. But once out, I’m reminded that, it isn’t fun out there any more.

You walk down the aisle of the grocery store and suddenly realize you’re going the wrong way.

Who looks down?

And half the stores have the floors marked for directions that end up with you in the far corner and no way to get to the check out and thus no way to get out. WTH???

And then there are the other people who don’t follow the directions. Or, they leave their cart pointed in the right direction and assume that’s close enough to doing the right thing while they back track to get the thing they saw twenty feet back. (Are they our people?)

And how many times?

How often do I get almost finished and remember something that is in an aisle I skipped, or one I walked down but was looking at the stuff on the wrong side, or I was looking right at the thing I forgot but I wasn’t really paying attention to visual input?

And then there’s the things I see and contemplate for a few minutes (trying not to impulse buy) and then decide I should get them and have to go back because I don’t want to contemplate things standing still and holding up the processional through the store.

Today …

I went out into that mad and crazy world, the one I used to enjoy, and I bought way more than I would have. I bought things I thought were good deals. I bought extras of the things I intended to buy in the hopes that I wouldn’t have to go out again, I bought stuff I don’t often buy.

And while I was already out, I decided to add a trip to the hardware store to pick up a couple of things there. I needed a spray bottle and a switch. I swear that’s all I went in for.

One spray bottle later …

I came out of there with a spray bottle and a switch. And a receptacle. A two gang wall plate. A new dimmer switch.

But that was all. Oh, and replacement heat plates for my barbecue. But nothing else.

Um …

Oh, also a three piece $170 modular tool box on wheels. It’s really impulsive though. IMPRESSIVE! I meant to say impressive.

Ah, who am I kidding. It was an ugly scene.

But in my defense, it was on sale for $105.

And I had enough rewards points at the store to get another $65 off.

Also, all the other things I purchased fit inside it, so I declined the plastic bag at the check out. WIN!

The Good, The Bad, And The Impulsive

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2020). The Good, The Bad, And The Impulsive. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2020, from


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