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I've been a practicing psychologist in an outpatient setting for over thirty-two years. I run into eight conditions almost every day (addictions, anxiety, ADHD/learning disabilities, assertiveness, children’s behaviors, mood disorders, relationships and self-esteem). Procrastination is not a major mental illness, but it is a "condition" we all experience. Its especially difficult when someone else procrastinates and we depend upon them to complete something on time. If you are reading this, chances are either you procrastinate or someone you know does. You probably know, first hand, the difficulties you encounter, or hear about it from others.
The symptoms vary but usually include waiting until the last minute, setting appointments too late, filing taxes at midnight on April 15th, driving the car into the ground before changing the oil, putting off that term-paper until the day before its due, and getting used to the mess in the house because cleaning can wait until tomorrow. Are there dishes still in the sink from three days ago? How about that laundry?
These are all the warning signs of procrastination. Some are more dramatic and harmful, like not completing the project on time at work. Others are chronic and annoying. If you have any of these signs, this ebook is for you.
In this ebook, I start out with a discussion of misconceptions about procrastinators. For example, procrastinators are really not lazy. But they do have great difficulty seeking help (besides getting around to making that appointment...).
Next, I delve into the underlying dynamics. It turns out that procrastination is really a deficiency in resolving ambivalence, as are two other common conditions (guilt and failure to forgive). So, I examine ambivalence in depth, especially in regards to values, feelings, thoughts as they play out in our either conscious or unconscious experience. Ambivalence and its manifestations are about the conflict(s) between these elements. The indecision and anxiety that sits atop the ambivalence is central to procrastination, in this case playing out in behavior. Understand this and you will trick yourself less and do more, more often.
This leads to a discussion of suppression and repression, in relation to time. There are lots of small examples sprinkled in the text. These are included so the reader can determine what is normal behavior and what is not. This will help in case you are considering seeing a professional.
Many folks like a little background, so next I delve into what the researchers have found about procrastination. Its not what you think. It has to do with how we think about thinking. Here you will find terms such as hyperbolic reasoning, metacognition, present bias and time inconsistency. These are in contrast to what most people think of procrastinators--that they are immature, impulsive and passive-aggressive. (Some are, some aren't). There are some ingenious experiments that have been done that I cover. Find out about the "Stupid Monkey Brain."
Next I look at the clinical side, and how to fix procrastination. What questions to ask, and at what depth. There follows a discussion of the techniques to externalize the findings in ways that undermine procrastination.
Last, I provide two in-depth examples and go through the process of figuring out what might be going on.. Lastly, there is a reader submitted example, that is sort of a final test. (No grades are given).
Clients are very enthusiastic about this ebook, probably because everyone can use some work on this issue, especially if you happen to be in a relationship. (Living or working with a procrastinator is sometimes quite a challenge...)
Like my other publications, this ebook has no fat. It has about 30 pages. Think of it as a "Cliffs Notes" publication. It's "sort of" a quick read (about two hours for the first reading), because I have to explain some stuff using terms you probably haven't heard before. But its all laid out in everyday language, just like what you're reading now.
Nobody has published what I present as the glue that makes these concepts work. I think this is why my ebook does a better job. It's process as well as content driven. The theory I espouse is different from standard explanations or other literature in this field. It works better. I know, because I've been using it with clients for years. I've put together a hard hitting, direct "How To" manual. My research has not turned up another ebook that does what mine does.
Ebooks are replacing standard books because they are easier and quicker to obtain. There is a need for immediate information, reasonably priced. I've priced this ebook to be at least twenty percent undermarket, considering what bookstores charge and the travel costs to and from. The ebook is now available for download. The price is:
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