After viewing the motivation lecture slides titled, "Impulsivity & Control," it really made me think about how many people act on impulse and what causes it. For example, in one of the slides, Justin Bieber is driving recklessly through a NFL star's neighborhood. Sure, he must have had an awesome time doing that, but he definitely was not thinking straight, or just did not care about any negative consequences. There are four dimensions of impulsivity. One is urgency, which is someone wanting something now, so you act quickly to get it, not thinking about negative consequences. Another is Lack of Premeditation, not thinking about the future carefully. Lack of Perseverance, acting without discipline, following through poorly, giving up easily. Lastly, Sensation Seeking, which is craving excitement, and feeling the need to be risky with your actions (Propst, 2001). All in all, there are many people, including myself, who are guilty of taking part in some kind of risky action without completely thinking it over. It all comes down to mind over mood.
Propst, Stephen. Mind over mood: Acting on impulse. Retrieved from: