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Impatience [Dec. 17th, 2006|10:02 pm]
Douglas Spencer

Attentive readers will have realised from certain recent entries [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 ] that I'm developing a progressively more pronounced lack of patience.

It's also evident to me from my occasional urge to strangle the idiots who park supermarket trollies in such a way that they block aisles in front of me, or who take what seems like an unreasonable amount of time to operate the pay-and-display machines in car parks when I'm queueing behind them.

I apologise for these reactions. I'm aware that it's happening. It's symptomatic of something wider and deeper, I suspect. I'm attempting to address the situation, mostly by distancing myself from situations which prompt this sort of attitude until I can get my personality on a generally more even keel. You can see an example of this in action if you click on the fifth link, above.

[User Picture]From: hawkida
2006-12-17 10:09 pm (UTC)
And you'll tell us why later?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-12-17 10:11 pm (UTC)
See subsequent edit. I'm not sure why, properly, yet. It seems that it's more than just a reaction to general stress, though.
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[User Picture]From: hawkida
2006-12-17 10:18 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I was just being silly with the whole patience/later thing...

I suspect it's a perfectly normal reaction to stress which has been building from lots of directions for quite some time, to be honest. My stress indicators work that way - they definitely come out once things have been building up for a while.

Are you getting enough sleep? How's the caffeine intake? These both affect me more quickly than other stressful things I have going on (impending deadlines, unpleasant life stuff, doing scary things like driving) although *all* of it contributes and if I face too little sleep for long enough that will send me into the stroppy then twitchy phases. At that point I know I need to get rest and calm or else it will get worse.

We're all different, of course, but I think there are parallels here.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-12-17 10:30 pm (UTC)
Another symptom is a bit of a blind spot towards humour.

Yes, I've had assorted stresses, and I'm sure some of them are cumulative.

My sleep patterns are very much out of kilter, a typical reaction to stress. I haven't looked closely at my caffeine usage, but I don't think it's changed significantly over this period.

Spotting parallels elsewhere is helpful, thank you.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2006-12-18 10:46 am (UTC)
> idiots who park supermarket trollies in such a way that they block aisles

Maybe we should start a branch of Aspie Anonymous.

I'm begining to design t-shirts such as

to all NTs

Maybe it is a bad idea...

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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2006-12-18 02:07 pm (UTC)
Reducing stress is definitely a good idea and an important stp indealing with this. goodluck!
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[User Picture]From: bibliofile
2006-12-18 03:58 pm (UTC)
Everyone has their own barometrics (as it were). Me, I know that I'm seriously stressed when a) I start cussing out other drivers, or b) I start forgetting things all over the place. (The year my Mom died, I locked my keys in my car three times, a personal record.)

Take care of yourself, please, whatever that requires.
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