The notion of weakness , from the Latin word weak, refers to the shortage wave absence from force , Energy or power . Depending on the context, the term can be used in different ways.
For example: "I began to feel a strange weakness in my legs and decided to consult a doctor", “Children who have food problems suffer from weakness and cannot perform at school”, "The escort injury further accentuated the weakness of the home team".
When a person has no strength in their muscles experience muscular weakness , also known as myasthenia . The causes of this disorder are diverse: a reduced level of potassium in muscle cells, a musculoskeletal disease, etc.
Muscle weakness can be described as perceived when an individual feels that he must make a great effort to perform each action . The true muscle weakness On the other hand, it appears when the muscles exert a lower force than expected.
The idea of mental weakness on the other hand, it refers to a disability intellectual of mild character. In ancient times the concept was used to describe a wide range of mental problems, although today its use is much more limited.
From the end of the 19th century until the beginning of the 20th century people were talked about weak minded or weak mental to refer to various mental deficiencies, among which was what we now call Mental retardation in all its grades and types, and also the dyslexia, a disability of learning that makes reading difficult.
It is important to note that initially this term did not have a connotation pejorative , but was used as a psychiatric label that accurately described the condition of the patients, as well as the word moron and their respective disorder, the idiocy.
Simply put, on the other hand, the concept of mental weakness to group a series of symptom or a syndrome that especially affects the affective sphere: decay, pathological sadness, a mood disorder or irritability, all issues that can negatively affect the person's performance in their daily activities, such as work and study, by point to limit it.
Today, when talking about mental weakness reference is made to mental retardation in a mild manner, in accordance with the provisions of the World Health Organization (WHO).
A weakness can also be symbolic or subjective. A sports journalist can affirm that the weakness of a team of soccer It is his defense since he considers that it is the most vulnerable sector of the whole.
We can also use this meaning of the term to talk about those aspects of the personality that "stain" the image of the individual for being opposed to the rest of their characteristics, which are usually their virtues. For example: "Pablo is a lovely boy, with very good ideas and a lot of ability to do his job, but sleeping is his weakness, so he is always late".
When someone feels affected , predilection or passion for something, finally, it is said that he has a weakness for it: "Pasta is my weakness", "I am a rather severe man, but my niece is my weakness", "My father's weakness is desserts".
In this context, it is possible to say that someone or something is a person's weakness, with a sense similar to the phrases "it is my favorite food" or "it is my favorite niece", for example. It is worth mentioning that we usually use this word to refer to our own pleasures ; Although it is also possible to talk about the weaknesses of others, it is usually people we know very well.