Definition Of Procrastination

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There are some students, myself included, who sit at home bored with ‘nothing to do’, even if there is an essay due in a week. Sometimes, I just have to ponder, “Is my unwillingness to do work at home natural, or am I just lazy?” In the behavioral sciences, there is a question of whether human behavior is a product of nature or nurture. That is to say, whether how we act is based on how we act naturally or is a product of experience. Dr. Sandra Bender, professor at New Mexico State University and my former phycology teacher, told me that overall human behavior is a mix of nature and nurture. This begs the question, is procrastination natural or is it a learned behavior? For the sake of this argument, we will define procrastination as, “Having an opportunity to do something you know you should be doing, but choosing to not do it,” rather than the given definition of delaying or postponing something. Procrastination is something we have all done in some shape or form. I believe procrastination is an innate behavior, but it can be minimized through experience.…show more content…
Trying to make them do anything they don’t want to is a daunting task. Dr. Carl Pickhardt, a developmental phycologist who has published many parenting books, suggests that procrastination can develop as children try to become more independent, that is to say rebellious. He suggests that as a child puts off things like chores is a natural thing, because teenagers want to feel like they are in control so they usually disobey their parents if they don’t want to do chores (Pickhardt, 2009). As a teenager disobeys their parents or avoids doing ‘boring’ homework, they develop the habit of procrastination, which, if not dealt with, can carry on into college and their adult years. This is a way, that procrastination can naturally develop from harmless rebellion to a bad habit, by opposing

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