The internet explains my inability to write a letter

“Telling someone who procrastinates to buy a weekly planner is like telling someone with chronic depression to just cheer up,” insists Dr. Ferrari…

Procrastinators are made not born. Procrastination is learned in the family milieu, but not directly. It is one response to an authoritarian parenting style… Procrastination can even be a form of rebellion, one of the few forms available under such circumstances…

Procrastination predicts higher levels of consumption of alcohol among those people who drink. Procrastinators drink more than they intend to—a manifestation of generalized problems in self-regulation. That is over and above the effect of avoidant coping styles that underlie procrastination and lead to disengagement via substance abuse…

Procrastinators actively look for distractions, particularly ones that don’t take a lot of commitment on their part. Checking e-mail is almost perfect for this purpose. They distract themselves as a way of regulating their emotions such as fear of failure

Procrastinators can change their behavior—but doing so consumes a lot of psychic energy. And it doesn’t necessarily mean one feels transformed internally. It can be done with highly structured cognitive behavioral therapy…

Not surprised that the answer from Psychology Today is expensive therapy.  However, being my own doctor and all, I think my procrastination could be solved by a little relief from the pain… and I don’t know when that will happen.  Of course, deadlines don’t care about pain…

2 thoughts on “The internet explains my inability to write a letter

    • You know, your cat seems pretty smart, maybe she can figure it out 🙂

      It would be better if you had your own idea of what’s causing your seizures before you see the VA — at least then you will have an idea of whether they know what they’re doing or not.

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