Definition of Insanity

I have heard many people say, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” First of all, has anyone ever really opened up the dictionary and looked up insanity, this is not the definition. “Insanity is the condition of being insane, a derangement of mind. Synonyms include dementia, lunacy, madness, craziness, mania, and aberration.”

The definition comes up fairly often at work, someone will say, “You know, our sales numbers continue to be stagnate among specialists. It reminds me of the definition of insanity, when you keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome. I propose we employ a new campaign for specialists.”

I am not a “meeting” person, much rather be working than meeting, the only meetings I enjoy are when we’re really working, but when we’re in a big conference room listening to a didactic presentation, it takes all kinds of effort to stay engaged (this is why I am avoiding further academic endeavors, if possible). Well, when I hear the incorrect definition of insanity in one of these meetings, its nearly too much to bear. Let’s help correct the definition of insanity, next time you hear the incorrect definition of insanity, you could raise your hand and say the following:

“Actually, that is not the definition of insanity, it is more like the definition of stubborn or foolishness, but not insanity. Insanity would be like if peeing in your milk and then pouring the glass on your head.”

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