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September 26, 2010


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Is the word "Challenging" an adverb or an adjective? I mean, are they challenging disorganization or is disorganization challenging? I don't like it.


I liked "chronic disorganization." It was more descriptive than "challenging disorganization" and I don't think it sounded too clinical. Some people are chronically late, and everyone knows that simply means it's an ongoing issue. I'm not a big fan of the "challenged" terminology -- it's led to many facetious terms such as "vertically challenged," etc. -- and placing "challenging" next to "disorganization" makes the meaning so vague that it sounds almost ... disorganized. To me.

But more important is what the National Study Group accomplishes.


I like the new name - it reflects a take-charge, refusing-to-let-this beat-me attitude.

Ariane Benefit, M.S.Ed.

@Karen: It sounded wrong to me at first too. : )

@Judith: Great points! I think chronic reflected the seriousness and gravity of the "challenge" more than "challenging" : ) You raise a great point about the overuse of the term to refer to everything from disabilities to "inconveniences." But you are right...a name can only convey so much...and the important thing is to develop proceses and methodologies that RESPECTFULLY help people overcome it!

@K-Sue: I'm glad you like it! I guess being someone who has suffered from chronic disorganization, no label is going to feel right. There are no simple words that can convey how deep and wide the pain of it's tentacles are. I'm just so grateful that I'm in such a better place now.

Thank you all for your comments!


"Chronic" implies serious, sounds permanent/final, like something that will never improve. "Challenging" is more active and implies a difficulty level, but the word invites approaches to innovate, understand and overcome and even suggests there may be different types of organizing struggles out there. That is my take anyway.


What kind of disorganization *isn't* challenging? I mean, if it's *not* challenging, ie. temporary, transient, easily-overcome, then someone probably won't even need or seek outside help, and if they do it will be very little to get them over the 'hump'. To me, if you are seeking an organizer to help you, your disorganization is 'challenging'. There are levels of challenging, though, and when I stumbled across the term 'chronic disorganization', I knew they meant me! I was so relieved to know someone was focusing on *my* kind of disorganization, which was, indeed, beginning to feel permanent, as opposed to the 'regular' challenge of disorganization. All that to say, I loved the first name and hate the new name. Too vague.

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