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Procrastination is always based on a dysfunctional worldview, such as that "short term relief or pleasure is better than sacrifice for long-term rewards," along with irrational disregard for negative consequences. The procrastinator fails to engage in the appropriate course of action either due to a distraction of some sort or an inadequacy in his/her own behavior. Various distractions and incompetencies that can cause procrastination include, but are not limited to:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Arrogance, pride
  • Aversion
  • Bad habits
  • Discouragement
  • Disorganization
  • Distraction
  • Family problems
  • Fear of failure
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Frustration
  • Illconceived goals and unconscious motives
  • Indecision
  • Lack of awareness
  • Lack of morals
  • Lack of time management skills
  • Low ambition
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low tolerance to stress
  • Objective conflict
  • Paranoia
  • Perception of difficulty
  • Poor attitude
  • Poor self-control skills
  • Poor study skills
  • Rebellion
  • Resentment
  • Self-centeredness
  • Self-deception
  • Uncertainty
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