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What is distractibility?

Distractibility is the tendency to shift one's attention to thoughts, feelings, or events in the environment that seem to call out to one. A distractible person is the opposite of a horse with blinders on, plodding along carefully in the path determined by his master. People who are distractable have trouble focusing, because they are enchanted with other aspects of their experience.

Distractibility is also an essential aspect of creativity, which often manifests in the mixing together of ideas from apparently different and separate domains. In Thom Hartmann's book Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception, he describes how Thomas Alva Edison, who invented the light bulb and many other things, was characterized by an easy distractibility. He was known to have forty different inventions in progress at one time. He would work on one until he got bored with it and move on to another one as inspiration hit. Another word for distractibility is "flexibility," and it can be put to use in generating groundbreaking innovation and productivity.

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