Causes and Cures for Apathy

Chuck Gallozzi

Chuck Gallozzi lived, studied, and worked in Japan for 15 years, immersing himself in the wisdom of the Far East and graduating with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Asian Studies. He is a Certified NLP Practitioner, speaker, seminar leader, and coach. Corporations, church groups, teachers, counsellors, and caregivers use his more than 400 articles as a resource to help others. Among his diverse accomplishments, he is also the Grand Prix Winner of a Ricoh International Photo Competition, the Canadian National Champion of a Toastmasters International Humorous Speech Contest, and the Founder and Head of the Positive Thinkers Group that has been meeting at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto since 1999. His articles are published in books, newsletters, magazines, and newspapers. He was interviewed on CBC’s “Steven and Chris Show,” appearing nationally on Canadian TV. Chuck can be contacted at View his photography at

10 Responses

  1. Gustavo Vargas says:

    I think you just cleared my head.

    Thank You.

  2. Tim W says:

    Good Article! I preach at a small church in OH. I am preaching on this subject this week, I was wondering if i may hand out your article as a supplement to my sermon.

  3. Steve M says:

    Sure, that would be great Tim

  4. Carol says:

    Apathy is highest on my list of “pet peeves”! This was a great article; one that I will share with those who are apathetic!

  5. Helen Roditis says:

    Great article! Great quotes! Thank you!

  6. Cynthia Sampson Smit says:

    This article really helped me understand what causes apathy.

  7. Sam says:

    If you cannot overcome the stress in your environment, and you cannot escape it, and you are unwilling to just accept it (false apathy), then you begin to die – either slowly or quickly (real apathy), and that’s just the way it is. This is often seen in prolonged military engagements where the persons nervous system begins to shut down, leading to death. Stress has to be dealt with and sometimes (false apathy) as you describe here, is the only way for people to survive. Willful people often die of one complication or another because they cannot accept the situation they are in and are literally powerless to do anything about it. Perhaps it is better to die for freedom than to live in bondage but not everyone is so powerful.

  8. Dee Goodwin says:

    I am an 84 year old woman – quite unwell and apathy is my biggest problem.I have led a busy and competent life and have trouble dealing with this. Your article puts a positive perpective on this apathy and gives me some will to overcome these negative thoughts. Dee

  9. Rob M says:

    This was truly a powerful article. I never thought of any of these reasons for feeling apathy. This explains a lot and has actually inspired me which hasn’t happened in a very long time. Thank you for sharing your views on the subject.

  10. Jorge Gutierrez says:

    I have been living this apathy stage since 8 years ago (now I am 50). I have been looking for the reason with no results until now. This article is the first nice approach to a possible cause/solution. I am still researching if the treatment for my brain dysrhythmia when I was young (6-14y) based manly with barbiturates could be the cause of this adult age.
    I hope I can find a solution for my apathy.
    My father also had something similar, he never get treatment, but it affected him when he was 70…so It did not affect our family as I am doing now!.

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