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


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

"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.


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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