Frequently Asked Questions

What is Get Help Get Active?   Get Help Get Active is a charity to help adults who are, in their own opinion, suffering from a Mind-Based Habit of Low Self-Exertion. We look for people who can say this about themselves:

I am struggling financially. In my own opinion, part of the problem is that I have a habit of low self-exertion. I tend to give up too easily when it comes to either working, or looking for work or studying to improve my job skills. I want to change but it seems really difficult.

Of course, there are many physical and mental illnesses which can drain away a person’s energy to work or study. But separately, there is also another sense in which exertion is an inner, personal choice. Get Help Get Active offers free help to people who believe that their own inner, personal choice to self-exert is un-healthfully low.

What is MBH-LSE?  MBH-LSE stands for a “Mind-Based Habit of Low Self-Exertion.”   The reason that we use the term “mind-based” is to be able to distinguish between low self-exertion that is due to a state of the mind – versus low-self-exertion that is due to a condition of bodily sickness – such as a psychiatric illness or a physical illness.

Who suffers from MBH-LSE?  That is a very difficult question to answer.   Get Help Get Active never accuses any specific person of being in the grips of MBH-LSE.  (Although we do assert that the phenomenon of MBH-LSE exists in the world.)  We only work with clients after they themselves have already come to the conclusion that it is an issue in their lives.  Because there are so many factors that can impact a person’s activity level, it is really difficult for an outsider to accurately assess what is going on inside another person’s mind.  Again, we only work with clients who have already, on their own, decided that MBH-LSE is an important factor blocking their success in life.

What is the difference between laziness and MBH-LSE?  The term “laziness” has several different meanings, depending on who is using it.   MBH-LSE has only one meaning – it stands for a “Mind-Based Habit of Low Self-Exertion.”

There are many different factors that can impact a person’s ability to be productive.  For example, mental illness and physical illness both tend to drain away an individual’s ability to self-exert.  But there is also another sense in which a certain range of exertion is best thought of as an inner personal choice. Get Help Get Active offers free help to people who believe that their own, inner personal choice to self-exert is unhealthfully low.

What is RSE?  RSE stands for Reasonable Self-Exertion.  Obviously this is very difficult to universally define, since different people prioritize life-activities differently.  For Get Help Get Active’s purposes, RSE can only be defined by each individual for himself, and is only applicable to himself.  Hence, the only judgement is self-judgement.

Another way to look at the definition of RSE is for the individual to ask himself:  “In my own reasonable opinion, how much of my time and energy should I be devoting to each of the various career development exertion avenues that are currently available to me?”

What are the three pathways by which self-exertion can be converted into money?

  1. Working – it is the act of exchanging my self-exertion via my skill sets with someone who has agreed to pay me for my work product.  My exertion is converted to cash on a clear and predictable schedule.  I get paid every Friday at a rate of $X per hour.
  2. Selling – means “selling myself and my skills” by making connections with people who want to buy my skills.  This is also known as “looking for a job”.  My Selling effort (really networking) is converted into cash in a much less predictable way than my Working effort.  I don’t get paid every Friday for my personal networking efforts – but, statistically speaking, those efforts do pay off handsomely in the long run because they make it possible to find better Working connections.
  3. Learning – means developing my mind and my body to create useful career skills. This kind of effort is converted into cash in a way that is similar to the Selling effort. Statistically speaking, people who invest their energy in Learning (and other areas of personal development) get an excellent return on their efforts.  But, as with Selling, the payoff only happens in the long-term.

What is a Non-Transferable Product (NTP)?  The difference between a NTP and a Transferable Product (TP) has to do with the question: “Is it physically possible for me to pay someone else to do this task for me?”  For a TP, the answer is: “Yes, I can pay someone to do the work for me.”  For a NTP, the answer is: “No, I cannot pay someone else to do this for me.”

Learning, Physical Exercise and Networking are three of the most important tasks when it comes to creating valuable NTP’s.  Tasks which create useful NTP do not result in a person being paid for their efforts. But the NTP that is created will, statistically speaking, increase the efficiency with which the individual can, subsequently, transfer their focus and energy in order to create TP’s.

What is a Self-Starter?  A person who “begins work or undertakes a project on his or her own initiative without needing to be told or encouraged to do so.”  People like this are usually successful when it comes to becoming self-supporting because they keep on looking for work and they keep on studying to improve their job skills.

What is a Non-Self-Starter?  A Non-Self-Starter is a person who does not begin work or undertake a project on his own initiative unless someone else tells him or encourages him to do so.

Are the Get Help Get Active volunteers medical professionals?  No.  Your volunteer encourager is not a doctor or psychologist or psychiatrist or any other type of medical professional.   Volunteer encouragers are not trained to treat or diagnose any illness or psychiatric condition.  Your volunteer encourager is just a non-professional friend who is willing to help you to stay focused on the career goals that you, yourself choose.

Is Get Help Get Active affiliated with a religious group or a research institution?  No.  we are not allied with any religious organization or research institution.  Get Help Get Active, LLC is a privately held Pennsylvania LLC.

Can MBH-LSE cause a person to become unhappy? There are a lot of things that seem to be good at the beginning, but, after you check into them, you find out that there is another side to the story. That is the way MBH-LSE is. In the beginning it seems like a great life-style, but, eventually most of the people who have it look back over their lives with regret. Another way to answer this question revolves around the difference between “freedom from pain” versus “overall life satisfaction.”

Is MBH-LSE sometimes aggravated by an enabler? Yes, of course.  Almost everyone can think of a specific example in their own circle of acquaintances.

Isn’t MBH-LSE just a symptom of depression?  Depression is certainly a very real disease and one of it’s symptoms is reduced activity. MBH-LSE also has the symptom of low activity, but the underlying cause has to do with free-will and personal choices.  These inner, personal choices, in turn, are driven by false beliefs.  For example, when a person lies to themselves enough times, they may begin to believe their own lies.  One common lie is: “I will take care of ‘that’ task tomorrow.”   But then, when tomorrow comes, they might just use the same trick to avoid having to do the work, again.  In any case, a false belief is being nurtured and the inactive lifestyle is reinforced.  These false beliefs that lie at the core of MBH-LSE are a distinct and separate condition from the physical and mental illness of depression.

Can someone be physically or mentally ill, and, in addition, be affected by MBH-LSE?   Yes, that is certainly possible.  We all know that it is common for two or more disease conditions to affect a single person at the same time, so why shouldn’t this also be true about all of the different factors which can influence a person’s activity level?  Of course this gets very tricky to try to determine whether a person’s low productivity is due to a physical illness, or a mental illness or MBH-LSE – or some combination of these.   In any case, Get Help Get Active only works with clients who, from the starting point, have already concluded that MBH-LSE is a factor in their lives. Sometimes a client comes to us and says: “Yes, I believe that I am suffering from MBH-LSE, but I also have these other medical conditions, A, B & C.”  Since we are not medical professionals, we can only suggest to clients that they talk with their own medical doctor(s) about their other conditions.

How many Americans are affected by MBH-LSE?  Between 2011 to 2014 we estimate that 5,000 adults have been introduced to the Get Help Get Active offer of free help with MBH-LSE.  Of that number, 38 have been willing to confidentially admit that, in their own opinion, the criteria of financial-struggle + MBH-LSE has described their own lives.   That works out to about 1 person in every 135 adult Americans.  If we were to extrapolate to all adults in America, it would come out to about 1.8 million people.

If MBH-LSE really is a disability, then can I get SSD payments for it? This may sound like an odd question, but it is actually a very good one, since it forces us to think about the meaning of the word “disabled”.   So, to the extent that a person has been brainwashed into Learned Helplessness, then, yes, in an ideal world, it probably would make sense that they should be covered by SSD or Medicaid.  However, these insurance payments should be oriented towards reversing the effect of the brainwashing that is keeping them “disabled.”

Are there “players” that have a vested interest in keeping people inactive? That is a good question, but maybe this is a better one:  Are there “players” that have a vested interest in keeping people busy doing irrelevant tasks?   Yes.  For example: the video-game industry, TV, the Internet, the music industry and Hollywood.  When someone is busy with (or even addicted to) irrelevant stuff, does that help them to stay reasonably focused and productive?

Is “Get Help Get Active” the same as “Mothers Against Laziness”?  Originally, this whole project was known as Mothers Against Laziness (MAL.)  Then we decided to change our name to People Against Laziness (PAL.)  (Hey, mothers are people, too, right?)  Then we changed it again to Get Help Get Active.  (Hopefully this is the last name change!)

Is “Get Help Get Active” the same as “People Against Laziness?”  Yes.  Get Help Get Active is the new name.

Who wrote these articles?  Tim Sverduk wrote all of the pages and articles. He also wrote about 90% of the comments.

How much does it cost to use the Get Help Get Active service? Zero!  It is completely free.  Get Help Get Active is a charity.   We believe that MBH-LSE is due to a disease of the belief system.  In that sense, it is just as real as a “regular” disease – like Diabetes or Cancer.

Is my participation in this service confidential? The Get Help Get Active staff will make reasonable (but not professional) efforts to keep all of your information confidential.  If you communicate with Get Help Get Active via any electronic means, then you must agree to assume the risk that your communication may be hacked by some third party.  Also, if you publicly associate with someone from Get Help Get Active, then you are running the risk that other people (who see you) might infer that you suffer from MBH-LSE.

I believe that I am suffering from MBH-LSE.  How can I get in touch with Get Help Get Active?  Great!  We really want to meet you.  Please check our Connect page, and read the “New Client” section.  You can contact us by phone or email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

10 Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Michael says:

    I like the website! But i think there needs to be some incentive, some motivation for someone wanting to talk about this. The biggest problem is asking for help. People realize that they’re lazy, but think that talking to someone about it would do nothing..just saying hey i help people that struggle with laziness doesn’t seem too appealing, especially to our culture. So somehow it needs to be spiced up abit, but i don’t know how you could do that. Other than that it looks good! Just need a way to get people more interested

    • adpal says:

      Hi Michael – Thank you much for the encouragement! The plan is to start advertising soon – help-wanted in local papers – and offer to pay folks a few dollars ($10?) to participate in a one hour interview – basically the questionairre from the http://peopleagainstlaziness.org/self-discovery/ tab. As nearly as I can tell, the only “treatment” that I could really offer is personal-coaching and encouragement and the thought medicine from our http://peopleagainstlaziness.org/medicine/ tab. But if you have some other suggestions they are certainly welcome. In any case, thanks for the encouragement. If you would like to participate or get involved in helping the folks who come to us – see our “Contact” tab. We need volunteers! 😀

  2. Ideas says:

    I have a suggestion for a definition of laziness – it is a willful refusal to accept or seek encouragement. Or a willful decision to seek and accept messages of discouragement. Perhaps that is a way to diagnos L rather than a definition for L?

    • Ideas says:

      Btw that is me. I do accept and seek encouragement – but I give it a cold welcome. So my mind remains largely polluted by discouragement …

  3. PAL says:

    What is a Mind-Based Habit of Low Self-Exertion (MBH-LSE)?
    Who suffers from MBH-LSE?
    What is the difference between laziness and MBH-LSE?
    What is Reasonable Self-Exertion (RSE)?
    What are the three pathways by which self-exertion can be converted into money?
    What is a Non-Transferable Product (NTP)?
    What is a Self-Starter?
    Are the Get Help Get Active volunteers medical professionals?
    Is Get Help Get Active affiliated with a religious group or a research institution?
    Can MBH-LSE cause a person to become unhappy?
    Is MBH-LSE sometimes aggravated by an enabler?
    Isn’t MBH-LSE just a symptom of depression?
    Can someone be physically or mentally ill, and, in addition, be affected by MBH-LSE?
    How many Americans are affected by MBH-LSE?
    If MBH-LSE really is a disability, then can I get SSD payments for it?
    Are there “players” that have a vested interest in keeping people inactive?
    Is “Get Help Get Active” the same as “Mothers Against Laziness”?
    Is “Get Help Get Active” the same as “People Against Laziness?”
    How much does it cost to use the Get Help Get Active service?
    I believe that I am suffering from MBH-LSE. How can I contact you?

  4. PAL says:

    OOP: Management Versus Friendship

    Sometimes problems can be solved by changing your friends. The reason that that approach sometimes works has to do with the fact that we all influence one another. So, in that sense, we manage one another. But, to think of it as “management” is, to most people, kind of offensive. Part of the reason that such a notion offends us is because we like to think that our friends do not influence us that much. But of course that is absurd. Which comes back to the idea of a group decision versus an individual decision. We all like to think that we are making individual decisions. But the truth is that our social group heavily influences our decisions. A good example of this can be seen in the area of fashionable clothing and fashionable music.

  5. PAL says:

    OOP: Map of the United States

    With one person in 150 highlighted in red.

  6. PAL says:

    Slavery, Freedom and Reasonable Self-Exertion

    The problem is that there are not that many good managers. And those who are good, generally will not do the work for free (beyond the most basic level of poverty.) And so, the relationship of NTE manager/managee is fairly rare in our society. Thus, when someone suggests that it is needed, it seems like an unusual thing. Also, the managers that do exist tend to become awe-struck with their own power and thus, over-manage – with the result that the managee abandons the relationship in disgust. So we need to develop the supply of good NTE managers who are willing to do the work for free. Actually, this is a lot like the concept of having a mentor. But the mentor/mentee dynamic fails in that there is often a lack of understanding of the grip of MBH-LSE. Since the manager never suffered from it.

  7. PAL says:

    Two Kinds of Doctor Shopping

    Normally, when we hear the term “Doctor Shopping” it means that someone is seeing multiple Doctors simultaneously in order to get large amounts of prescription medicine such as pain medicine. Then, the “shopper” either takes all of the medicine himself (in which case he is in danger of an overdose) or he sells it on the black market (in which case he is a drug dealer.) So, in this sense, Dr Shopping is either unhealthy or illegal – or maybe both.

    But there is another sense in which we all “Doctor Shop” and there is nothing obviously sick or criminal about it. The second kind of Doctor Shopping occurs when a person decides which Doctor he wants to go to – or if he even wants to go to see a Doctor or not.

    ARS and LFS

    Just to keep the two kinds of Dr Shopping straight, lets call the first kind Addiction-Resale Shopping (ARS) and lets call the second kind (that everyone does) Layman-Freedom Shopping (LFS).

    Now, when you think about it, LFS is almost as scary as ARS. The reason that LFS is scary is that, as a non-professional person, you have to decide which professional person to go to. But, if I’m not a medical expert, then how am I supposed to be able to tell which Dr is a good Dr to go to?

    So usually, what happens is that we either pick a Dr out of the phone book, or we ask a friend to recommend a Dr. Obviously, the first approach is just guess-work. And the second approach of asking a friend for his recommendation is not much better (unless your friend is already a medical expert). So we are sort of back to the same problem of (almost) randomly picking a name out of the phone book.

    Treatments X, Y and Z

    Now this is where the real LFS begins. Because, as a lay person, you have to decide, basically on your own, whether or not it even makes sense for you to go to see the Dr or whether you would be better off by just doing nothing. But doesn’t that mean that you are doing a self-diagnosis? Yes, that is exactly what it means. And as a lay person, are you competent to make a medical self-diagnosis? Probably not when you think about it. (By the way, this explains one of the reasons that many people who have mental illness refuse to go to a Dr. Because they self-diagnose themselves and determine that there is no need to see a Dr. Of course, though, their self-diagnosis is clouded by their mental illness.)

    Lets suppose that you decide to go to see the Dr that you have, more or less randomly, chosen out of the phone book. The Dr checks you over and he then recommends Treatment X. (It could be anything – I’m just using X that as an example.) Again you (the non professional lay person) have a choice: Take Treatment X, or don’t take it? But doesn’t that mean that you are overruling the Dr? Yes, that is exactly what it means. And if you don’t like hearing about Treatment X anymore, then, of course, you are free to leave and go to a new Dr (where the new Dr is, again, randomly chosen from the phone book or recommended by a non-professional friend).

    Then the new Dr recommends either Treatment X or Treatment Y. And you can repeat this process ad infinitum (assuming you can handle the co-pays) until you find a Dr who recommends Treatment Z that you do like. But isn’t that really just a round-about way of writing the prescription by yourself? More or less. And, as a lay person, are you in any position to be able to make a competent decision about what medical treatment suits you best? Probably not.

    And that is the second sense in which we all Dr Shop and there is nothing obviously sick or criminal about it. (At least it is not obvious.)

    Move or Not-Move?

    LFS means that, ultimately, each of us becomes responsible for his or her own medical treatment. It is not possible to outsource the final decision of what Dr to go to and what medicine to take. So, if you have to be responsible for yourself, then why not start by using common sense?

    Everyone knows that many illnesses are caused or aggravated by our choices in behavior. At some point, once an unhealthy behavior reaches the level of a full-blown addiction, you might be able to make the claim that you no longer have any control over things. But is that were most people are at? No. You still have choices. At the most fundamental level one of those choices boils down to: Move or Not-Move. Unfortunately, many sicknesses are caused by the Not-Move choice.

    Are you moving at a rate that you, yourself, would consider to be healthy? If your answer is “Yes”, then good for you. We wish you well. But what if your answer is closer to: “No, I am not moving at a rate which I, myself, would consider to be reasonable, given all of the special constellation of my health abilities and circumstances.” If that is your answer, then please consider reaching out to us. You will never pay anything, and your participation will be completely confidential. Get help and get active!

    • PAL says:

      Diagram: map showing a person going from Dr-1 to Dr-2 to Dr-3, etc – with crooked red arrows connecting them. Then the final Dr-100 (who just gives you what you really wanted all along.)

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