Chronic Procrastination Affects 20
Percent, Hint Of Sub-Disorder
is, perhaps, an ailment we have all felt at one time or another; but
Joseph Ferrari, PhD, found 20 percent of his study participants suffer
from chronic procrastination.
of my favorite sayings is, ‘Everyone procrastinates, but not
everyone is a procrastinator,’" Ferrari, professor of
and Vincent dePaul Distinguished Professor at DePaul University,
all put off tasks, but my research found that 20 percent of U.S. men
and women are chronic procrastinators. They delay at home, work, school
and in relationships. These 20 percent make procrastination their way
of life," he said.
According to his research,
the Northeast has the highest rate of chronic procrastinators, in
Calif., Wash. and Ore.
Ferrari said that chronic
procrastination is not a disorder itself, but could be an indication of
an underlying disorder.
don’t view procrastination as a serious problem but as a
tendency to be lazy or dawdling. But we have shown in our research it
is much, much more. For those chronic procrastinators, it is not a time
management issue – it is a maladaptive lifestyle," he said.
his research, Ferrari found links from chronic procrastination to ADHD,
passive-aggressive tendencies, revenge, obsessive-compulsive disorder
and more. Suggesting chronic procrastination to bea red flag for
individuals who may not realize they need help.
advised to increase the carrot instead of relying on the stick, "I say
reward for getting it (work) done early," he said during an interview
with the American Psychological Association. Instead of punishing the
individual for missed deadlines, try instituting rewards for early
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