Calling procrastination a problem of motivation, lack of willpower or self-agency merely explains a problem by its presenting symptoms and obscures the root cause of the issue. In his TEDx talk at Princeton University, Nic Voge provides valuable insights about understanding and overcoming procrastination from a self-worth theory perspective. He explains how procrastination is a form of self-protection, not self-sabotage, especially among high achievers who view their performance as equal to their ability and ability equivalent to their worth. This opposing force between high fear of failure and increased drive for success traps them in an approach-avoidance strategy, known as procrastination.
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