Attention Catching Devices (ACDs) are habits, actions or even lifestyle decisions that we create or make. We do this most of the time sub-consciously in order to fulfil our need for attention. If we are not conscious of how we create and use ACD's in the long run it can hamper our growth as mature individuals and wreak havoc on our relationships. ACDs are styled and shaped by many factors including family background, childhood, friends, etc.
It is common for many of us to have come across the term 'attention catching' or 'attention grabbing'. Mostly we might have heard or read of this in the context of public speaking. However, the Attention Catching Devices that we speak of are quite different though they fulfil the same purpose to grab the attention of our audiences and focus them on ourselves.
It is as a child that this behaviour is rewarded and embedded in our sub-conscious self. When we cry or throw a tantrum we are sure to draw attention of our parents, relatives or care givers. This attention could be positive or negative i.e., it could draw them to cater to our needs such as changing a diaper, or feeding us or invite a spanking.
As we grow up most of us shed this childhood pattern of ACDs aside and learn to fulfill any need for attention in a mature, adult way through use of effective communication. However, some of us, hampered by issues of self-esteem or self-identity, continue to resort to these ACDs which might have gotten us the desired attention during our childhood but will only wreak havoc in our relationship with others in our adulthood.
ACDs can be used subconsciously in an adult context. They can affect communication and dynamics of relationships both professional and personal. All it requires is to be conscious of our decisions and behaviours especially in the context of a group. Once conscious, one can identify any particular ACD action or behaviour which can then be addressed or corrected.