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Are you Slacktose Intolerant?

Posted on 27 December 2012

dilbert-slackerOffer the lazy an egg, and they'll want you to peel it for them.

- A Proverb

Slacktose intolerance, also called loser phobia and hypomalaisa, is the inability to digest poor performance, lack of initiative, and failure to accept responsibility. Slacktose-intolerant individuals have insufficient levels of desire to digest those who display repeated bouts of negativity, an inability to digest any amount of responsibility avoidance, and suffer from chronic aversion to thumb sucking. Symptoms include disgust, irritable bowel syndrome, and even the primal fight-or-flight instinct in those with a heightened sensitivity.

Recommended treatments include speaking to the infected individual regarding their condition. If they do not seek immediate aid they are to be removed from your world. The Centers for Disease Control should start including laziness in their list of highly infectious-diseases due to the amount of damage slackers can do to an entire organization. The good news is, once the affected area has been cut out, recovery rates are 100 percent!

I can remember hearing the late, great Zig Ziglar say, “Are you a SNIOP? Someone who is Sensitive to the Negative Influence of Others?” Why, yes I am!! That described me to a “T”! I am a flexible, easy going person, but when faced with lazy or indecisive individuals my righteous indignation meter gets pegged! I am sensitive to the influence of negative and lazy people! In fact, I am so highly allergic that I suffer violent reactions! Charles Horace Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo clinic said, “You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.” Amen brother, even the medical field recognized that laziness is a horrible disease!

It’s a universal truth: if you are unwilling to learn to help yourself, how on earth am I going to help you? In the world of psychology, it’s called “enabling”, i.e., doing things for people that they could or should do for themselves. This can happen in both our professional and personal worlds and is a recipe for disaster. Nothing good ever comes of this, not in a million years. Once you accept there is no cure for the afflicted you can lay off taking guilt trips and the repetitive rationalizations. They simply must heal themselves.

An organization that is slacktose tolerant suffers from weak management. A relationship that is slacktose tolerant suffers from enabling behavior. In each case the person provides excuses or otherwise makes it possible to avoid the consequences of such behavior through the sound of silence, i.e., indifference.

The greatest battle is the one within the self so stop trying to “fix” other people’s issues by allowing their type of behavior to continue to manifest itself. Don’t refuse to take action for fear of their angry response to you cutting them off and out. And be proud when they call you intolerant and self-righteous because that’s exactly what you are; slacktose intolerant with a supreme respect for the power of the individual self to control their own destiny. There is not going to be any meeting of the minds. But then again, you already knew that. Saint-John Perse said, “The only menace is inertia” and that’s one menace we can all take immediate action to avoid.

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5 comments

  • Deborah the Closet Monster: February 20, 2016

    Love this! I am so, so grateful to have some phrases to use to describe my intolerance, which is borne of a desire that everyone aspire and strive to be the best they can be.

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  • traceyjones: February 20, 2016

    Happy New Year to you Mark Armstrong!! Here’s to the good eggs and apples in our lives. I count you among the top of the barrel:-)

  • Mark Armstrong: February 20, 2016

    Did you hear the sound of cheering from New Hampshire?? That was me… : )

    Another winner, Tracey, just great. Pass the Mayo! Loved the bit about sloth being a wicked siren. Yeah, you start answering that call, you’re a goner. And that’s such a crucial point about sloth being infectious— another way of saying one bad apple spoils the barrel, and/or the business.

    Really laughed when I read: “There is not going to be any meeting of the minds. But then again, you already knew that.” Yeah, we do know that!! There’s no compromising with destructive values— not unless you want to be destroyed, of course…

    Great post to close out 2012. I shall look forward to more Jones Wisdom in 2013— Happy New Year!! : )

  • traceyjones: February 20, 2016

    You are most welcome Deborah! I used to take a LOT of heck for my lack of patience with lazy people, but then (as you so eloquently put it) I realized that I just want everyone to live as excellently as they possibly can! And should we all truly want that for each other? Thanks again for reading my blog and your comment. Have a tremendous New Year!!

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