Absent-mindedness is where a person shows inattentive or forgetful behaviour. It can have three different causes:
- a low level of attention ("blanking" or "zoning out")
- intense attention to a single object of focus (hyperfocus) that makes a person oblivious to events around him or her; or
- unwarranted distraction of attention from the object of focus by irrelevant thoughts or environmental events.
Absent-mindedness is a mental condition in which the subject experiences low levels of attention and frequent distraction. Absent-mindedness is not a diagnosed condition but rather a symptom of boredom and sleepiness which people experience in their daily lives. When suffering from absent-mindedness, people tend to show signs of memory lapse and weak recollection of recently occurring events. This can usually be a result of a variety of other conditions often diagnosed by clinicians such as ADD and depression. In addition to absent-mindedness leading to an array of consequences affecting daily life, it can have as more severe, long-term problems.
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