Psychology On Procrastination

Procrastination is something we are all familiar with, and a quick internet search will yield any number of explanations for why we procrastinate, as we will see, attempting to explain procrastination through depth psychology is both helpful and often entirely consistent with other explanations.

imagine that you were a student and you need to work on an assignment or needed to study you begin to work on your computer but decide that before you actually start to work you might as well browse the internet for a while and check in on social media, when you’re done you move on to your assignment, but may realize that your mind isn’t cooperating and rather than getting started, you feel more inclined to go back to browsing from the perspective of depth psychology, your mind is still thinking about whatever you saw on the internet, in a sense your mind is still processing this information in the unconscious this activity has split off from your conscious awareness and continues to exist separately in the unconscious where it interferes with your conscious intentions.

this is made worse by the fact that the mind constantly craves novelty, and probably finds the Internet and social media more appealing than doing work, the unconscious then tries to bring your attention back to social media which is why you may find it difficult to focus on the task at hand, the solution to this is to avoid allowing your mind to experience things which are irrelevant to your primary conscious intentions so that your unconscious mind doesn’t interfere later on, in other words try to focus on only one thing at a time without introducing any novelty. of course this is more difficult today in a world of endless novelty, but these insights about depth psychology may give you an understanding of why procrastination can be so challenging this might be difficult if you’re unconscious contents are so emotionally charged as to become complexes.

complexes are more pathological and more exerting than other unconscious contents, which are comparatively benign, as Jung notes, it is just as if the complexes were an autonomous being, capable of interfering with the intentions of the Ego.

complex is indeed behave like secondary or partial personalities in possession of a mental life of their own, however the psyche seems to have a self regulating mechanism which enables unconscious contents to become conscious, usually through dreams or through creativity, which can often be understood as an artist depicting the contents of their unconscious, this illustrates the importance of not ignoring your unconscious mind, as the unconscious frequently seizes hold of a person despite their well-meaning conscious intentions, by making the unconscious conscious we may better orient ourselves amidst the psychic tension between our highest ambitions and our instinctual and unconscious nature.

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