Procrastination and Blocking: A Novel, Practical Approach

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The Objective, Less Amiable View of Procrastination and Blocking

Objective accounts of procrastination and blocking are not new, just uncommon and unknown. All along, a few observers of PB dared to point out its documentably avoidant, anxious, hostile, manipulative, and irresponsible components; some onlookers have even noted that chronic PBers sometimes find success without doing their best work ( Bird, 1983). In the last ten years, influential researchers have begun to suggest links between their findings about maladaptive behaviors and PB (for example, Baumeister and Scher 1988 review of self-defeating behaviors). So where, in the midst of these rumblings, will objectivity first make a meaningful foothold in the study of PB? Conceivably it will reveal the usually hidden costs of PB.


EXAMINING THE REAL, LONG-TERM ECONOMICS OF PROCRASTINATION AND BLOCKING

Hints of costs first came to light with attempts to expose myths about PB such as these: that it is laughable, that it signals genius, that it is the only avenue to freedom and free time (for example, Nixon, 1928). In one of the best confrontations with these misbeliefs, M. Jahoda ( 1981) exposed one of the most amiable. She found that the unemployed do not enjoy their free time. Without regular work and time structure (and the shared social experiences

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