Human Relations

APATHY AND ITS REMEDIES:Let us try to understand the various definitions of apathy, Coping strategies for apathy

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Lesson 39
In this lecture we will focus on how apathetic behaviour influences human relations. As apathy influences
your behaviour it influences your relations and the environments around you. We will try to understand the
concept of apathy. Mainly our concern is the causes of apathy and how they can be addressed. In order to
improve the quality of our relationships it is necessary to learn, how can we cure the apathy or apathetic
What is apathy? It is basically the name of inaction, not being concerned about what is happening around. If
you feel disinterested with reference to your education, your family, your friends or the environment around
you, it means the situation is alarming and you have apathetic behaviour.
Let us try to understand the various definitions of apathy.
1. Apathy is the lack of feeling, emotion, interest or concern. Apathy can apply to an opinion,
situation or life in general and can become a serious mental concern when you stop caring about
everything and everyone around you (sometimes including yourself).
2. Apathy tries to move people away from its arch foe `the Passion'.
3. An absence of emotion or enthusiasm
4. The trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally
5. A lack of feeling or emotion.
6. (appa-thee) Apathy is a lack of energy, emotion or interest in what others generally find important.
7. A lack of interest or concern.
8. Indifference, lethargy, or general lack of emotion or feeling.
9. A feeling of personal non-interest or unconcern with politics.
10. Another term for passivity, submissiveness, and even numbness, reaching epidemic proportions
when it comes to social, economic, environmental, and political issues?
11. Symptoms include lack of awareness, concern, social responsibility and action,
which includes voting. This is particularly apparent for those in the 18 to 24 age
12. The phrase "who cares?" is now a widespread excuse not to care.
13. After all, caring, thinking, learning and development are difficult.
Apathy and Politics
It is simply easier for most of us to be stupid and allow ourselves to be led. If you are indifferent in taking
part of the political activities and are not concerned about who is being elected in the elections, it is the
indicator of apathy. 18-24 is an active age group. If you are passive at this age you are having apathy. Apathy
makes you passive with reference to socio-political issues.
Apathy and health
Apathy affects the physical and mental health of the people. If the people, particularly the youth from the
age group of 18-24, is not concerned about their health, it may also be indicating apathy.
Apathy and society
Apathy is permeating in our society increasingly. Suppose, if somebody happens to meet a road accident,
nobody bothers to stop and look after him. It demonstrates the public apathetic behaviour. It is a difficult
and challenging process to encourage and to motivate individuals to take on responsibility, to become
socially, culturally, economically, and environmentally conscious.
Although both businesses and schools use the language of critical thinking, problem solving, effective
communication, team building, respect, and social responsibility and involvement, the bottom line remains
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Causes of apathy
Being only observers and showing no concern is a major cause of apathy. Our society's orientation toward
entertainment is making them used to of easy lives. We have become a nation of observers watching with
increasing enthusiasm as the sensationalism of the show intensifies. Debates on media have become an
integral part of the entertainment industry and indicates pervasive apathy.
Consumerism and apathy
Politics aside, the consumerist inclination of our society is another factor that fosters apathy. We
have become addicted to buy numerous products that we imagine make our lives easier and more appealing.
Passivity and apathy
Although it is very difficult to find out which behaviour is apathetic at individual or societal level, yet it is
very important to address the issue.
We are also controlled by our teachers, supervisors, and bosses. In fact submission is actually the opposite
side of the coin of control. It is easier to be passively controlled, than it is to take initiative. It is also easier
to control others than it is to stand up for principles.
Coping strategies for apathy
As 18-24 is an active age group, it is the most important to resolve the problem of this group. Apathy kills
enthusiasm and entrepreneurship. One hesitates to take initiatives. Let us see how we can cope apathy.
1. Do not interpret a lack of initiation or activity as "laziness". Laziness might be the wrong
description of apathy. So, try to differentiate laziness from apathy.
2. Educate family members and friends about the inability to begin or "initiate" behaviors and ask
others to encourage participation in activities.
3. Gently guide behaviors, but respect "no".
4. Use calendars and routines as suggested earlier. It will help you address the apathetic behaviour.
Reward yourself for doing an act to cope with apathy.
Apathy and leaders
Leaders like to control and appreciate submissiveness and passivity. If you do not take charge of your life
and take stand on principles. It will be injurious to your personal and organizational development and
Cure or remedy
One should try to take remedial measures to address the issue of apathy.
1. If you are afflicted by apathy, then lack of direction may well be at the root of that.
2. It might be advisable to take a break and have a go at something you know you enjoy doing, but
that has nothing whatsoever to do with what you're supposed to be doing.
3. If you can't raise any enthusiasm for your work, subvert it. Do something else what you like. Apathy kills
your enthusiasm.
4. Exercise is a way of battling apathy. Physical exercise lessens apathy or inaction.
5. Get organized. Try to perform various tasks. Avoid monotony, it also generates apathy. You will
become more productive, more active, more useful by organizing your time.
6. Avoid watching television too much. Participate in activities like sports, etc.
7. Moving the mind. Think about various things happening to other people. If others are developing,
how they are developing or making progress.
Selective Apathy?
Is it possible to care too much? Is apathy a necessary evil, a self-defense mechanism that helps us cope with
the stresses of modern living? If you care passionately about every cause, then you might collapse from
exhaustion or end up thinking the world is hopeless and end up not caring about anything at all.
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Dubrin, A.J. (2005). Human Relations: Career and Personal Success. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey,
Table of Contents:
  1. HUMAN RELATIONS:Some Guidelines for Effective Human Relations, Communication has 3meanings
  2. CULTURE AND PERSONALITY:Definition of sub culture, Definition of Personality, Types of Persons
  4. PERCEPTION AND INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOUR:Three concepts of personality, Bias in Perception
  5. PERCEPTION AND GROUP BEHAVIOR:Characteristics of Groups, Individual and Group Behavior
  6. ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOUR:Types of Attitudes, Steps to turn attitude into action
  7. PERSONAL MOTIVATION AND ACHIEVEMENT:Needs and Motivation, Self-discipline and motivation
  8. SOLVING PROBLEMS SKILLFULLY:Problem solving and cognition, Ways to solve problems
  9. CREATIVITY IN PROBLEM SOLVING:Barriers to creativity, Tips to solve problems creatively
  10. HANDLING PERSONAL ISSUES:Self-Defeating Behaviour, Positive attitude to tackle personal problems
  12. COMMUNICATION AND HUMAN RELATIONS:Process of communication, Improving gender barriers to communication
  13. ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION:To improve listening skills, Types of organizational communication
  14. UNDERSTANDING COMMUNICATION STYLES:Modeling communication style, Sociability continuum
  15. SELF-ESTEEM:Building process of self-esteem, Self-esteem and public image
  16. BUILDING SELF-CONFIDENCE:The importance of self-confidence and self-efficacy, Balanced Self-Confidence:
  17. BECOMING A LEADER-1:Assessing leadership role, Traits and Characteristics of Effective Leaders
  18. BECOMING A LEADER-II:Theories of leadership, Developing leadership potential
  19. GLOBALIZATION AND CROSS-CULTURAL DIFFERENCES:Religious Values and Bicultural Identities
  20. IMPROVING CROSS-CULTURAL COMPETENCE:Strategies to improve cross-cultural relations, More steps to improve Cultural Relations
  21. BUILDING GOOD RELATIONS WITH MANAGERS:Impressing your manager, Coping with a problem manager
  22. BUILDING GOOD RELATIONS WITH CO-WORKERS:Make Co-workers feel important, Maintain Honest and Open Relationships
  23. BUILDING GOOD RELATIONS WITH CUSTOMERS:Salesperson Represents the Business, Approaching the Customer, Excuses vs. Objections
  24. CHOOSING A CAREER-1:Ten Myths about Choosing a Career, Attitude toward and Perceptions about Myself
  25. CHOOSING A CAREER-II:Choosing a career and developing a portfolio Career, Suggestions for career Preparation
  26. FINDING A JOB:Targeting your job search, The Internet and Résumé Database Services, Extreme Job Hunting
  27. SIGNIFICANCE OF RESUME:Major types of resumes, Electronic Submission of the Résumé
  28. IMPROVING INTERVIEW SKILLS:Successful interview, Knowing the employer or Organization
  29. IMPROVING WORK HABITS-1:Reasons of procrastination, Techniques for Reducing Procrastination
  30. IMPROVING WORK HABITS-2:Developing the proper attitudes and values, Time-management techniques
  32. TAKING CONTROL OF YOURSELF:Develop Outstanding Interpersonal Skills, Business etiquettes
  33. EXERTING CONTROL ON OUTSIDE ENVIRONMENT:Important communication tip, Exerting control over the outside world
  34. MANAGING PERSONAL FINANCES-1:Your personal financial plan, Steps in budget making
  35. MANAGING PERSONAL FINANCES-2:Basic investment principles, Tolerance for Investment Risks, Types of investments
  36. ACHIEVING HAPPINESS-1:Finding happiness and enhancing your personal life, The key to happiness
  37. ACHIEVING HAPPINESS-2:The Five Principles of Psychological Functioning, Your mind and Happiness
  38. ACHIEVING HAPPINESS-3:Need for intimacy, Working out issues with relationships
  39. APATHY AND ITS REMEDIES:Let us try to understand the various definitions of apathy, Coping strategies for apathy
  40. ENHANCING PERSONAL ETHICS-1:Influence of Culture, Common ethical problems
  41. ENHANCING PERSONAL ETHICS-2:Common ethical problems, Guidelines for Behaving Ethically
  42. HELPING OTHERS GROW:Being a Nurturing, Positive Person, A list of mentoring behaviour, Coaching skills and techniques
  43. REVIEW-I:What is a Human Relation?, Meanings of Communication, Two types of stress, Some personal problem, Communication style
  44. REVIEW-II:Steps to build self-confidence, Globalization, Building Good Relations with Co-workers, Good work habits
  45. REVIEW-III:New model of career advancement, Choosing your investment, Tactics for Dealing with Difficult People