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Je to komplikované: Prečo prokrastinácia a úzkosť spolu súvisia, ale možno je lepšie o tom mlčať

Title in English It’s complicated: Why procrastination is associated with anxiety but it might be better to keep quiet about it


Year of publication 2017
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Anxiety has been long considered one of the most important correlates of procrastination. The earliest theoretical explanations of procrastination might have relied on this relationship a bit too much: Procrastination has been viewed as the outcome of fearful task avoidance, self-handicapping, or even fear of success. However, dozens of correlation studies have yielded mixed results, and intervention programs focusing at anxiety reduction turned out to be rather counter-productive. In this talk, I try to explain the most likely nature of the relationship between procrastination and anxiety. I will focus not only on the “traditional” dynamic models, but I will also explain why the emphasis on anxiety might have caused a whole body of research on procrastination to look in the wrong place, why the simple positive correlation between procrastination and anxiety conceals a much more complicated relationship, in which situations anxiety might actually lead to procrastination, and why directly trying to reduce anxiety in such cases might not be the best solution to the procrastination problem. The last part of the speech is devoted to my own research findings on the differences between anxious and non-anxious procrastination.

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