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Well, the title says it all. I'll add an example:

You try to put a plug into a socket which is under the table and you're too lazy to stoop down.
To my mind this sounds like a very simple task and still I sometimes fail to get it in and I eventually bend my head down and once I look at it, I can immediately plug it in.

  • "Normal"................. – Oldcat Dec 16 '14 at 23:05
  • There are a few ways to describe this common phenomena, can you provide a sentence with a (blank) where you want the word/sentence to go? – Kristina Lopez Dec 16 '14 at 23:28
  • Poor kinesthetic sense, perhaps? – Hot Licks Dec 17 '14 at 1:19
  • Isn't that just being lazy? – Minnow Dec 17 '14 at 2:30
  • @Minnow - which is also fairly normal. – Oldcat Dec 17 '14 at 19:38
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Aproprioceptive.

Proprioception is the sense of knowing where your hands (or other parts) are.

Aproprioception is the loss of proprioception:

Aproprioception renders practical action nearly impossible, without mental concentration and visual supervision...

  • Probably not a correct answer. Proprioception is the sense of where our body is in space provided only by internal sources such as muscle spindles and Golgi tendons. It is usually sub-conscious and doesn't change significantly. It is indeed involved in non-visual motor tasks. Aproprioception is a term coined by the paper to describe a loss of internal coordination experienced by a single subject, to date. It has no bearing on the decrease in motor accuracy when no visual feedback is available. – chronometric Dec 26 '14 at 9:46
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"word for the inability..." suggests you are looking for a noun, not an adjective. I'd go for"clumsiness", or "awkwardness"

clumsy - adj. "awkward in handling things" ODO, "lacking dexterity" Merriam-Webster

or, as has been suggested in a comment by @Oldcat, "normal" (adj), if you consider that there are a lot of people who find it difficult to perform tasks with their hands without looking at what they are doing.

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The verb that comes to mind in decribing the action you are referring to is:

To grope:

  • to search for something by reaching or touching usually with your fingers in an awkward way.

    • I groped for the light switch.
    • She groped around in her purse, looking for her comb.

also to struggle may be useful to describe the action:

  • to try to move yourself, an object, etc., by making a lot of effort in the end

I struggled to reach the plug under the table without bendind, but in the end I had to stoop down to put the plug in.

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