Experts in the Media

Sally Thibault – LAFM

Life Strategist

Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at De Paul University in Chicago Dr. says that there are identifies basic types of procrastinators: • Thrill-seekers, who wait to the last minute for the euphoric rush. • Avoiders, who may be avoiding fear of failure or even fear of success, but in either case are very concerned with what others think of them; they would rather have others think they lack effort than ability. • Decisional procrastinators, who cannot make a decision. Not making a decision absolves procrastinators of responsibility for the outcome of events. Procrastination behaviour is actually a learned behaviour and can be the result of having an authoritarian style of parent who would not allow you to make your own decisions, or maybe criticized your decision making processes… It can also be a form of rebellion – not wanting to do what is expected So to overcome procrastination is to ask yourself… What am I most fearful of? If it is failure, procrastinators serves as a way to control our own failure so we don’t fail publicly. If it is fear of success – we use procrastination as a way of avoiding the vulnerability of success – tall poppy syndrome, fear of criticism, fear of not fitting in In all cases the best way of overcoming procrastination is to ask yourself the question… what am I most fearful of… then creating steps to complete it. Lifecoach Sally Thibault joined me for The Drive Home to discuss this topic.