Symptoms and signs: does not meet instructor's gaze, let alone answer questions or give other signs of active class participation. Often stares out windows or at ceilings or floors with blank or slightly sour expression (vide silence).
Etiology: progressive disaffection from the learning process due to incomplete internalization of the university's philosophy. Failure to identify with own best interests as defined by the academic institution leads to taedium vitae and consequent weak motivation.
Treatment: zealomycin (HipHu-Ray); may need to be supplemented in some cases with authoritotropin (Deferentine D) or pedagorine (Apple-a-Day).
Prognosis: generally good. Once medication has brought motivation up to minimum levels, the student will usually begin to identify with academic authorities and allow them to give him/her direction in life.
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