• Jul 24, 2023
  • Jonathan Moynihan

Hurry Sickness

John Mark Comer outlines ten symptoms of hurry sickness, in his Book, the Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

However, Comer did not coin this phrase. Meyer Friedman—the cardiologist who rose to fame for theorizing that typeA people who are chronically angry and in a hurry are more prone to heart attacks—define it as: 

A continuous struggle and unremitting attempt to accomplish or achieve more and more things or participate in more or more events in less and less time.” - MEYER FRIEDMAN

Originally, Friedman used this term—hurry sickness—to refer to his at-risk cardiovascular patients displaying a “sense of time urgency.” The shocking part of Friedman’s observations is that they were documented in the 1950’s. This is not a new phenomenon, but it is one that plagues us today. 

Is this you? 

On any given day do you find yourself:  

Moving from one line to another because it looks shorter? 
Switching lanes in traffic because the cars are moving faster a mile ahead of you?
Doing so many tasks at once you forget which ones you haven’t completed?

Take the Hurry Sickness Test