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Procrastination or Caution?

Psychological Perspective


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Ken Silvestro, PhD

Many people experience frequent excessive delays in life or the inability to make a decision, as well as to complete or begin projects. There can be many different psychological reasons for these delays and inabilities but procrastination is high on the list. The following can be considered examples of procrastination: a person prolongs making a decision by considering the many different possibilities, by simply ignoring the decision or by failing to follow schedules.

Procrastination can be understood as a natural personality characteristic or a learned trait, such as caution. Personalities...

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