The Importance of Dealing with Impulsivity
Impulsivity is a behavior that can lead to disadvantages in various areas of life. Especially in the professional environment, impulsivity can generate difficulties in communication, decision-making, and task execution. It is common for leaders to identify impulsive professionals as people who lack patience and do not know how to wait.
To deal with impulsivity, it is necessary to understand that this behavior is related to quick thinking and the difficulty of waiting. However, this tendency can be modified through experiences with thinking operations.
How can the instructional designer work on impulsivity?
The instructional designer can be an important ally in transforming this behavior. It is important that they work with activities that stimulate reflection, critical analysis, and consideration of alternatives.
Some activities that can be used include:
1. Describing four ways of doing something.
It is possible to ask the professional to describe four ways of doing something, such as comparing, answering a question, or summarizing. This helps stimulate reflection on different possibilities.
2. Confirming generalizations.
When the professional makes a generalization, they can be asked to wait a few minutes and write down some ideas that confirm the generalization. This helps to avoid hasty conclusions being drawn without considering all possibilities.
3. Task planning.
When starting a task, project, or problem, the professional can be asked to indicate three or four ways to perform the activity, justifying each one. This helps stimulate critical analysis and consideration of different approaches.
4. Observing other teams or professionals.
The impulsive professional can be asked to observe the work of a team or professional, recording the various stages of their activity. This helps stimulate reflection and consideration of different perspectives.
5. Think aloud!
One of the strategies is the “think aloud” technique. In this approach, the professional is encouraged to speak out loud about what they are thinking and explain the reasoning behind their decisions. This helps avoid hasty conclusions being drawn and stimulates reflection and critical analysis.
6. Ask key questions.
Another strategy is the use of key questions. The instructional designer can prepare a list of key questions that should be asked at certain moments in the decision-making process. This helps ensure that all possibilities are considered and hasty decisions are avoided.
By providing opportunities for the impulsive professional to undergo experiences with thinking operations, it is possible to stimulate reflection, critical analysis, and consideration of different possibilities. Over time, the professional tends to become less impulsive and more reflective, which can bring benefits in various areas of life, including the professional environment.
In addition to the activities mentioned above, there are other strategies that can be used to deal with impulsivity. It is important that the instructional designer evaluates which approach is most suitable for the professional’s profile and the context in which they are inserted.
It is also important that the instructional designer encourages the use of tools that facilitate the organization of information. This helps to avoid the professional feeling overwhelmed and impulsive. Some tools that can be used include mind maps, diagrams, and flowcharts.
In summary, impulsivity is a behavior that can lead to disadvantages in various areas of life, especially in the professional environment. However, it is possible to deal with this behavior through experiences with thinking operations, such as reflection, critical analysis, and consideration of different possibilities. The instructional designer can be an important ally in this process, through the use of activities, techniques, and tools that stimulate reflection and organization of information. Over time, the professional tends to become less impulsive and more reflective, which can bring benefits in various areas of life.
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