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Defining Indifference
      Indifference is a psychological attitude or lack of emotion producing apathy, a lack of trust, a lack of communication, dialogue or discussion. Indifference is also about the lack interest or enthusiasm in specific things or even a general feeling of "I don't care!". If you have never experienced such a non-reaction, you were in such a neutral state, you didn't even feel like shrugging it off. If you can't remember how you felt, it's because you didn't really have any feeling about it because it lacked importance to you and therefore it was an insignificance occurrence.

In many cases the situation is affecting other and not you personally
      Does you response to a situation change when it affects you directly? Indifference is the state of feeling where you don't care about taking any action to improve your life even though your life is not going well and you are not happy.

      If you are aware that doing a specific thing or taking a specific action will bring you lots of benefits and you still find yourself doing nothing - then you are experiencing a classic state of indifference.

      The lack of motivation is not the same as being indifferent. It is possible to lack motivation when you are unaware of the importance of undertaking the task; however, awareness of the importance of the task and being unwilling to take any preventive/corrective action is an example of your indifference.

Causes of Indifference
      The causes of indifference can be:
  • Loss of hope: An individual just does not feel that their efforts will yield any positive result and so they become indifferent. In such a case they believe taking any action won't change anything.
  • Depression: Reflects a severe case of the "loss of hope". Depression is caused by chemical imbalance in the brain but the chemical imbalance itself stems from the person's inability to deal with a specific life problem. Depression reflects the state of your subconscious mind telling you that hope is lost. To restore hope, it is necessary to find a way to respond to your subconscious mind so the depression will disappear.
  • Skepticism: Is a condition where the basic assumptions are challenged and not accepted unless undeniable proof can be provided.
  • Learned helplessness: occurs after failing to do something many times or after putting much effort without seeing a positive result. Learned helplessness is a state where the person believes that whatever effort he/she might do will not result in any positive action. Learned helplessness is a major cause of indifference. Refer to learned helplessness for more information).
Overcoming Indifference
      Indifference is a symptom, not the cause. To change an indifference attitude, a person must identify the underlying cause(s) of the problem so the proper steps can be made in their life.

      It takes actions to overcome depression.  If the cause is a loss of hope, it will require actions that positively demonstrate that there is hope.  Fixing the root cause of the indifference, in theory, should solve the symptom, if not necessarily the problem. 

      After a new attitude has been achieved, on a daily basis it is also necessary to strive to avoid relapsing. There is no permanent cure. Sometimes it is helpful to become part of an organized support group where such feelings are discussed.

Reality and Perceived Reality
     There can be a large difference between what a peer group accepts as reality and what an individual perceives as their understanding of reality. For this reason it is necessary to use caution when attempting to analysis the behavior of another person.

     Fear, anger, disgust, disappointment, envy, indifference, jealousy, and distrust can play a major role in how a person perceives the reality associated with the individuals they interact with and how they perceive their role in this interaction. Obviously a positive or negative interaction can produce much different results. Either way, the systemic causes that produce these conclusions should be viewed as unreliable and likely to produce a stereotypical miss characterization of the person and his/her peer group.

     A person or peer group may be in denial of their reality which results in indifference behavior that favors low or no risk taking in an effort to maintain the status quo rather than instituting efforts to participate in changes to improve personal and interpersonal relationships.

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References:
  
Introduction - Modifying Skills and Habits

How Indifference Can Kill a Relationship | World of Psychology   Feb. 28, 2009 ... Sometimes the killer of relationships isn't a lack of trust, a lack of communication or arguing with your significant other. It's simple indifference.

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