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Reducing the impulse to be impulsive

kelvinAlmost all of us are capable of doing things on impulse once in a while. Buying the occasional pair of shoes we don't need. Or eating another piece of pie when we know we are already full.

But for some people, impulsive behavior (also known as impulsivity) is a much more serious problem than the odd splurge on food or clothing. For these people, the inability to think before acting results in behavior that exhibits little or no sense of rational control. Sometimes impulsivity (which often occurs following traumatic brain injury) can lead to things such as alcoholism or drug abuse, though most afflicted with impulsivity are those who frequently "fly off the handle" in fits of rage. Their behavior frequently forces those around them to "walk on eggshells." 

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