The Effects of Impatience on Human Psychology

The Effects of Impatience on Human Psychology
The Effects of Impatience on Human Psychology

📩 23/09/2023 13:02

Üsküdar University NP Etiler Medical Center Specialist Clinical Psychologist Uluğ Çağrı Beyaz stated that impatience can be defined as wanting something to happen or to achieve something, but not being able to tolerate waiting for the necessary time for this, and gave information about the effects of impatience on human psychology.

"The development of technology has reduced control and patience abilities"

Noting that impatience is an emotion that can negatively affect people's psychological and emotional states, Expert Clinical Psychologist Uluğ Çağrı Beyaz said, “Impatient people can often feel stressed, angry, disappointed, unhappy and dissatisfied. “Impatience can also harm people's relationships, work performance, health and quality of life.” said.

Pointing out the reasons among the psychological and emotional foundations of impatience, Beyaz points out that these are; He said that these can be listed as having expectations, desire to maintain control, desire to be appreciated and innate personality structure. Referring to the underlying causes and triggering factors of impatience, Beyaz said:

“With the development of technology, people have had quick and easy access to many areas of their lives. While this situation increased people's expectations and desire for reward, it decreased their ability to control and patience. For example, a person who can instantly get information or shop online may become impatient when he cannot get results at the same speed in real life. Stressful situations can disrupt people's psychological and emotional balance. Stress can cause people to become more tense, anxious, irritable and angry. These emotions can also trigger feelings of impatience. People generally want to adapt to the expectations and value judgments of the people around them. Therefore, people who are under social pressure may seek more success, happiness, wealth, or beauty. However, when the necessary time and effort is not made to achieve these goals, a feeling of impatience may arise.”

“Stress is both the cause and the result of impatience”

Stating that impatience can be both a result and a cause of stress, Beyaz said, “Stress is a reaction that people give to the difficulties, threats, pressures or expectations they encounter in their lives. Stress can negatively affect people's physical, emotional and cognitive balance. In stressful situations, people may become more tense, anxious, irritable and angry. These emotions can also trigger feelings of impatience. Impatience can also increase stress. Impatient people often want to get the things they want right away. However, sometimes they need to make the necessary effort in a certain period of time. Individuals who experience a feeling of impatience during this process may experience more stress. Impatience and stress can negatively affect people's daily lives. “It can be an important factor in why individuals often feel unhappy, dissatisfied, disappointed and tired.” he said.

Pointing out that impatience and stress can also harm people's relationships, work performance, health and quality of life, Beyaz continued as follows:

“It may affect them to get into arguments and conflict more easily. Impatience is also linked to other emotional responses. “It is often accompanied by negative emotions such as anger, resentment or irritability.”

“Impatience sometimes brings out positive emotions.”

Explaining the negative emotions caused by impatience, Beyaz said, “Impatient people can get angry or angry more easily. Apart from this, it is also associated with emotions such as anxiety, worry or fear, and can cause more anxiety or worry. "In addition, impatience can sometimes occur with positive emotions such as excitement, enthusiasm or curiosity." he said.

“Impatience can also be the result of an illness.”

Expert Clinical Psychologist Uluğ Çağrı Beyaz noted that impatience may be associated with many psychological disorders and continued as follows:

“It can often be among the symptoms of disorders such as anxiety, stress, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. Although impatience is not the cause of these disorders, it can trigger or exacerbate them. It is necessary to consult a psychiatrist to detect the psychological problems underlying the feeling of impatience. Psychotherapy also helps the client understand his problems, express his feelings and thoughts, change his behavior and improve his coping skills. In addition, lifestyle changes are also important in the treatment of impatience. "The client's eating healthy, exercising regularly, paying attention to sleep patterns, avoiding alcohol and substance use, learning stress management techniques and acquiring hobbies can contribute to reducing the feeling of impatience and improving mental health."

"Impatience weakens problem-solving skills"

Stating that impatience has a negative effect on work and relationships, Beyaz said, “Impatience can cause a person to experience disharmony between himself, his environment and his goals. “Impatience can also weaken a person's skills such as communication, collaboration, problem solving, creativity and flexibility.” he said.

Stating that impatience has negative consequences on social and professional life, Beyaz said, “Impatience in social life can disrupt a person's communication and relationships. It can lead to insensitivity to the feelings, thoughts and needs of others and can lead to arguments, conflicts or fights more easily. Having difficulty trusting or connecting with others; It can also cause difficulty in coping with feelings such as loneliness, rejection or abandonment.” he said.

“This also leads to burnout.”

Noting that impatience in professional life can negatively affect a person's work performance and career, Beyaz said, “Impatience causes difficulty in communicating or collaborating with colleagues, customers or managers. It may also lead to job changes or leaving a job. "It may also be effective in experiencing problems such as job stress, burnout or job dissatisfaction while continuing in the current job." he said.

What can people do to deal with impatience?

Listing the things that can be done to deal with impatience, Beyaz concluded his words as follows:

“Gaining awareness can help individuals better know and understand themselves and their environment. Gaining awareness allows people to recognize and deal with the causes and triggers of impatience. Slowing down can help people enjoy life and enjoy the moment. Efforts to calm down can reduce people's expectations and desires for reward, while improving their control and patience skills. Activities such as meditation, yoga, nature walks or hobbies can be done for this. Breathing exercises can be very helpful in calming and relaxing. It is important to try to focus and take deep breaths while doing this. Breathing reduces people's stress levels and increases their patience levels. Making an effort to give time can help individuals trust the flow of life and accept that there is a time for everything. It allows people to achieve results that reward their patience. Feelings such as trust, hope and belief must be nurtured in order to leave it to time. Apart from all these, services such as psychological counseling or therapy can be used.”