December 5, 2023 01:08:36

Understanding Shiny Object Syndrome: Recognizing the Signs

From engaging in numerous activities to jumping from trend to trend, it’s crucial to be aware of the signs indicating Shiny Object Syndrome.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental condition that challenges an individual’s ability to concentrate. Within this context, individuals may experience Shiny Object Syndrome—a tendency to consistently believe that there is something better to pursue. Therapist Andrea Evgeniou notes, “Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS) is a common challenge for individuals with ADHD, characterized by the tendency to chase new ideas or projects, often at the cost of not finishing existing ones.” She emphasizes the importance of recognizing ADHD strengths, such as creativity and leveraging them while managing challenges.

Here are key signs of Shiny Object Syndrome

  1. Trend Hopping: Individuals with this syndrome constantly shift their focus from one trend to another, neglecting attention to detail.
  2. Task Overload: Whether it’s hobbies, activities, or jobs, they undertake numerous tasks, often leaving them incomplete in favor of something new.
  3. Excessive Spending: Their list of must-haves changes with the trends, leading to unnecessary spending on popular items.
  4. Relationship Discontent: Constantly believing in the existence of better alternatives, they may struggle with dissatisfaction in their relationships.
  5. Project Abandonment: Starting new projects without finishing old ones is a common pattern, leaving tasks incomplete.
  6. Online Overconsumption: Fearing they might miss out, they spend excessive time online to stay abreast of important and popular trends.

Despite these challenges, individuals with ADHD can leverage their strengths. Implementing small rewards and maintaining task rotation can help individuals with ADHD and Shiny Object Syndrome complete tasks before moving on to the next one.