Just before reading this article from PsychologyToday.com I was thinking of how ‘the same’ all procrastination posts tend to be – and I was expecting something pretty similar to the lot.
This is the best procrastination-related article I’ve read in a long while. I’m not saying it’s the end-all-procrastination post or that other articles that have been written on the subject are garbage – far from it. However, this article by Hara Estroff Marano hits the right chords.
Procrastinators are made not born. Procrastination is learned in the family milieu, but not directly. It is one response to an authoritarian parenting style. Having a harsh, controlling father keeps children from developing the ability to regulate themselves, from internalizing their own intentions and then learning to act on them. Procrastination can even be a form of rebellion, one of the few forms available under such circumstances. What’s more, under those household conditions, procrastinators turn more to friends than to parents for support, and their friends may reinforce procrastination because they tend to be tolerant of their excuses.
What do you think?
Procrastination: Ten Things To Know – [PsychologyToday]