The scary thing about my job is a lot of what I advise people to do is just plain common sense, but as the saying goes;
Common Sense is not so common at all.
What I’ve found is that some people under stress lose their ability to see what is obvious, they lose judgement and they lose any smattering of common sense they may have had in the first place.
Too often we can over think our problems or our rational brain ends up playing second fiddle to our emotions or to the social pressure around us, sometimes we get caught in bad thinking habits or become entrenched in behaviour patterns that limit our ability to make the the right decision. At times a lack of confidence or learned incapacity means we just can’t do what we needs to be done, for whatever reason it is at these times that we are suffering from a lack of common sense and with it the ability to act in reasonable way when confronted by the obvious even if it is staring you right in the face.
Common sense has been described as a type mystical force that bestows knowledge of the obvious,
Yet I think that common sense can be seen as something learned through life experience, it’s a type of knowledge in overalls learned through trial and error, rule of thumb or logical reasoning.
Common sense is not that common because sometimes the obvious is not always obvious, yet at other times when the obvious is obvious the paradox is that knowledge isn’t enough because common sense doesn’t always lead to common action.
Perhaps all it takes is an ability to step back, take a breath and see things from another angle, to practice, to build good habits, or to learn how to operate better in stressful situations, perhaps there’s a need to get some help, to learn how to let go of what is holding you back or even to be coached to find the answer yourself.
Common sense is an inability to see things how they really are or for others an inability to do the things that really need to be done, However I also believe that common sense is simply not a tool in everyone’s shed.