Procrastination And Its Effects On Understanding Procrastination

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Procrastination has often been lumped into one broad category, understood as the action of delaying to initiate or complete a task, often done through means of finding distractions or by displaying other avoidant characteristics. One mainstream interpretation distinguishes between “arousal type” procrastinators (those who procrastinate until they experience a sense of euphoria, resulting from approaching deadline pleasures), “the avoiders” (who may lack confidence in their abilities to complete tasks sufficiently and procrastinate due to a fear of failure) along with “decisional procrastinators” (who struggle with the initiation stage) (Marano, 2003). While many reasons for procrastinating exist (disinterest in the task, prioritizing other…show more content…
Personality traits, sex, and preference in conversation topics were all looked at as additional predictor variables. Might individuals with certain personality types procrastinate more in one domain over another? Do males or females, on average, procrastinate in more domains? Could an individual’s procrastination patterns be discerned from the conversation topics they most often partake in? To answer our question regarding personality, we utilized The Big Five Model due to its empirical validity. This model consists of five mutually exclusive factors, commonly referred to as Extroversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism and Openness to Experience. Individuals who score high on the Extroversion scale are often talkative, sociable, adventurous and open about their views. It has been suggested that extroversion plays a role in procrastination, likely tied to arousal-related motives (“arousal type” procrastinators). Individuals who prefer to work under heightened arousal –a result of knowing that they are near a deadline- often relate to extroverted traits (Simpson & Pychyl, 2009). The relationship between personality and academic-related procrastination has also been explored. Individuals more likely to procrastinate in academic-related tasks described themselves as often motived by the “last minute rush” and were typically high on extroversion
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