Procrastination and Task Avoidance: Theory, Research, and Treatment

Procrastination and Task Avoidance: Theory, Research, and Treatment

by Joseph R. Ferrari, Judith L. Johnson, William G. McCown
     
 
Procrastination is a fascinating, highly complex human phenomenon for which the time has come for systematic theoretical and therapeutic effort. The present volume reflects this effort. It was a labor of love to read this scholarly, timely book-the first of its kind on the topic. It was especially encouraging to find that its authors are remarkably free of the

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Procrastination is a fascinating, highly complex human phenomenon for which the time has come for systematic theoretical and therapeutic effort. The present volume reflects this effort. It was a labor of love to read this scholarly, timely book-the first of its kind on the topic. It was especially encouraging to find that its authors are remarkably free of the phenomenon they have been investigating. One might have expected the opposite. It has often been argued that people select topics that trouble them and come to understand their problems better by studying or treating them in others. This does not appear to be true of the procrastination researchers represented in this book. I base this conclusion on two simple observations. First, the work is replete with recent refer­ ences and the book itself has reached the reader scarcely a year following its completion. Second, when one considers the remarkable pace of pro­ grammatic research by these contributors during the past decade, it is clear that they are at the healthy end of the procrastination continuum. The fascinating history of the term procrastination is well documented in this book. The term continues to conjure up contrasting, eloquent images-especially for poets. When Edward Young wrote in 1742, "Pro­ crastination is the Thief of Time," he was condemning the waste of the most precious of human commodities.

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The writing of the three authors--Ferrari, Judith L. Johnson, and William G. McCown--is joined in this work by contributions from several prominent procrastination researchers, thus combining the focus of an authored books with the diversity of an edited volume. After an overview and a synopsis of existing research perspectives, chapters address topics that include: assessment of academic and everyday procrastination; theoretical notions, measurement, and research; trait procrastination, agitation, dejection, and self- discrepancy; perfectionism; personality disorders and characterological tendencies; and adult and atypical procrastination. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781489902290
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
06/28/2013
Series:
The Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1995
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

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