5 thoughts on “Following Your Intuition: The Ultimate ADHD Coping Strategy

  • July 26, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Hey Neil,

    What if ADHD *is* your intuition. It’s telling you that you shouldn’t keep working on this project. Or listening to this person, or reading this book. It’s telling you that it isn’t worth your time. Maybe it’s a super power. And all along you’ve been thinking it’s a hinderance. A disease.

    But it’s your greatest ally.

    Don’t try to defeat it. Listen to it.


    • July 28, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Well, ADHD definitely lets us know what we’re interested in and what we’re not. So to the extent that we have a choice about whether to do something, I definitely get where you’re coming from.

      The problems start when our ADHD starts telling us not to pay attention to something when we have to or want to pay attention to it. Sometimes we have to do our taxes. Sometimes people we care about have things to say that are important to them but not necessarily interesting to us. There’s a balancing act between following our intuition in making the changes in our life that let us focus on the things that engage us vs. also figuring out how to compensate and cope when we don’t have a choice but to do things that don’t engage us.

      • July 30, 2016 at 3:07 pm

        I get where you are coming from, too!

        Sometimes our intuition doesn’t know the rules of society. The rules of society say that we are supposed to pay our taxes and attend school to achieve good grades. But the intuition wants us to be light workers who help each other and help nature. So it knows what is bullshit and what is ACTUALLY important. Paying taxes falls into the former category, so does a lot of what school is trying to teach us. So if you didn’t get good grades and dropped out of school to pursue your passion — the same passion that your intuition is trying to get you to follow, you’d probably be happier and more fulfilled. Taxes are a tougher one since you can go to jail. Oops! Darn Intuition! Now I’m in jail. 🙁


      • August 2, 2016 at 10:58 am

        read blog and comments. I came up with a rock band, ‘the pursuit of happiness’,there incorporated name was the pursuit of everything , and a song,
        by living colour, the cult of personality.
        this demonstrates my unending ability to open ideas but never quite put them to bed. write essays but with no conclusive thoughts. like art with no frame.

      • August 2, 2016 at 11:11 am

        I know the feeling! When I do actually follow through on one of my ideas, I’m often a little surprised in retrospect. 😛


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