It turns out procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy or work ethic as it is often regarded to be. It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth.
You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for whatever reason, developed to perceive an unusually strong association between their performance and their value as a person. This makes failure or criticism disproportionately painful, which leads naturally to hesitancy when it comes to the prospect of doing anything that reflects their ability — which is pretty much everything.
But in real life, you can’t avoid doing things. We have to earn a living, do our taxes, have difficult conversations sometimes. Human life requires confronting uncertainty and risk, so pressure mounts. Procrastination gives a person a temporary hit of relief from this pressure of “having to do” things, which is a self-rewarding behavior. So it continues and becomes the normal way to respond to these pressures.
Particularly prone to serious procrastination problems are children who grew up with unusually high expectations placed on them. Their older siblings may have been high achievers, leaving big shoes to fill, or their parents may have had neurotic and inhuman expectations of their own, or else they exhibited exceptional talents early on, and thereafter “average” performances were met with concern and suspicion from parents and teachers.
People Who cannot Act Their Own Age
If there’s one thing I hate…
It’s people who can’t act their own age.
I don’t know how many times in the last week I have had to say it.
You know when something annoys you and you just fill with red rage?
That’s how much I hate immaturity.
You know,those niners who fool around constantly in the hallways at school who like to think they’re so much cooler than us “boring” students who contain ourselves and walk around talking to friends like normal people should do.
If you want to fool around, go home.
You know those guys who yell and push their friends into lockers? They think they’re so funny, right?
Could have fooled me…
Everyone I know thinks it’s stupid.
Or those fake girls who think they have a right to be so dramatic about every little thing. How about the ones who like to throw the word “bitch” around?
Immaturity. Isn’t it just lovely?
Its only distracting people from growing up…nothing good ever comes from it.
Often, people I meet tell me I’m mature beyond my years. I believe them. Not be modest or anything, I just do because I see almost everything going on around me as ridiculous and I can’t get it through my had how people want to act like they do.
How about younger siblings?
Oh, this is a good one….
Horsing around on the couches, making loud noises when you’re trying to do homework…never listening to anything you tell them, but then suddenly listen when a parent tells them the same thing.
I kinda know what I’m talking about, little children, thank you very much. You can listen to me sometimes too ya know. it won’t kill you, honest!
One of my biggest pet peeves is immaturity and people who just don’t know how to sit still and calm down. It’s really not that hard.
Definitely less work than fooling around and acting crazy, I can tell you that.
Just, I don’t know, read a book. Escape into a different world where you can read about people doing stupid things for you. It’s all good.