Trying to think of an analogy that explains what it is like to go through an absence of intention is complicated. It has been usually associated with being lazy which is unfair as being lazy is definitionally and commonly associated with the intention to not do something. Intention Immobility is having the desire to do something while missing the ability to actually engage.
So in the interest of trying to create some comparative imagery to help describe IDD (Intention Deficit Disorder), I will come up with a few personal metaphors.
It’s like having a car where you’ve checked the wheels, filled the gas tank, turned the key and the engine is running, you’ve planned your route and find the accelerator is disconnected.
It’s like a plane that has all its passengers, taxied down the runway, ready to take off only to find the wings are missing.
It’s like a TV that won’t change channels, not matter what you try, and your favourite show is on now.
It’s like being excited to see the latest film at the cinemas but you’ve lost the key to front door and can’t get out.
It’s like having a cool meme to share on social media while the internet is down in your area.
You have all the desire to do things, yet engagement has been taken from you.
Observation Changes Things
All this can change when someone else is involved however. Much like double-slit experiment where electrons appear to behave differently when observed directly, having someone present or involved in some way, can short-circuit the intention immobility.
It’s like there’s a different mental pathway for personal satisfaction vs affecting someone else, which seems to make sense to me, as it would fire different types of stimulations in the brain. For me, it’s like a relief when I can associate an activity in this way, but it is not easy, and I am frequently left frustrated and stuck.
I don’t know if I have explained this well enough. It seems clear to me but I am the one going through it.