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?”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.