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If a person does not have the ability to reason logically in high pressure situations (and is consequently always clueless), what term can be used to describe such a person? I'm looking for an adjective but a noun will also do.

If there is a medical term to describe such a condition I will be interested in knowing about that as well.

Example Sentence:

He sank into stormy contemplation, clueless how to handle the latest of his challenges.

So from the above example, such a person can be called a __________

  • perpetually clueless? – NVZ May 10 '16 at 19:12
  • Also, is this person clueless only about people, but about everything? – ab2 MonicaNotForgotten May 10 '16 at 19:14
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    Also write if you need a medical term for such an inability to reason logically or something? – vickyace May 10 '16 at 19:26
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    Thanks, that is very helpful. The only other change I would recommend is to add why you don't just want to use the word "clueless," or one of its synonyms as found in a thesaurus. For example, maybe none of these words have the right nuance of meaning. Describing this will help show what kind of word you do want. – herisson May 10 '16 at 19:42
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    Related medical terms are "Hyperemotivity", "Prostration" or "Avolition". But none of them perfectly fits. – Graffito May 10 '16 at 21:12
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Try nonplus - It means

(noun) A state of bafflement or perplexity : quandary

(adjective) caused to be at a loss as to what to think, say, or do.

Also, consider another noun Quandary which is a synonym of perplexity It means

A situation in which you are confused about what to do

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This person is ineffectual (adj), which The Free Dictionary defines as:

Lacking forcefulness or effectiveness; inadequate or incompetent: an ineffectual ruler; ineffectual in dealing with a problem

Sentence (made up)

In a high pressure situation, an ineffectual person will either freeze or will make random stabs at doing something, anything, but they will add up to nothing.

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Another adjective that might fit is blithe. Merriam Webster defines it thus:

"Showing a lack of proper thought or care : not caring or worrying."

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