Procrastination and Self-Regulatory Failure: An Introduction to the Special Issue
As a preface to the papers in this special issue on the role of procrastination in maladjustment, we provide an overview of the topics covered. To our knowledge, this is the first special issue that focuses specifically on the role of this form of self-regulatory failure in understanding maladjustment. We begin with a discussion of the complex array of motivational, affective, cognitive, and behavioural factors that operate in chronic procrastination. These complexities are illustrated with case studies that highlight the role of negative self-views and associated deficits in self-regulation. Themes explored in the papers include the role of cognitive factors in dysfunctional beliefs and automatic thoughts in procrastination, as well as the role of procrastination and deficits in self-regulation related to stress, psychological distress, and physical illness. Another key theme addressed is the usefulness of REBT and cognitive techniques such as mindfulness training in reducing the tendency to procrastinate.
KeywordsProcrastination Cognition Self-regulation Motivation Depression Treatment
- Dryden, W. (2000). Overcoming procrastination. London: Sheldon Press.Google Scholar
- Dryden, W. (2008). Overcoming procrastination: Master Therapists DVD Series. New York: Albert Ellis Institute.Google Scholar
- Dryden, W. (2009). Rational emotive behavior therapy: Distinctive features. London: Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group.Google Scholar
- Dryden, W. (2012). Dealing with procrastination: The REBT approach and a demonstration session. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. doi:10.1007/s10942-012-0152-x.
- Ellis, A., & Knaus, W. J. (1977). Overcoming procrastination. New York: Institute for Rational Living.Google Scholar
- Ferrari, J. R., Johnson, J. L., & McCown, W. G. (1995). Procrastination and task avoidance: Theory, research, and treatment. New York: Plenum.Google Scholar
- Ferrari, J. R., & Pychyl, T. A. (2000). Procrastination: Current issues and new directions. Journal of Social Behavior & Personality, 15(5), special issue.Google Scholar
- Flett, G. L., Hewitt, P. L., Davis, R. A., & Sherry, S. B. (2004). Description and counseling of the perfectionistic procrastinator. In H. Schouwenberg, C. Lay, T. A. Pychyl, & J. R. Ferrari (Eds.), Counseling the procrastinator in academic contexts (pp. 181–194). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
- Flett, G. L., Hewitt, P. L., & Martin, T. R. (1995). Dimensions of perfectionism and procrastination. In J. R. Ferrari, J. L. Johnson, & W. G. McCown (Eds.), Procrastination and task avoidance: Theory, research, and treatment (pp. 113–136). NY: Plenum.Google Scholar
- Flett, G. L., Stainton, M., Hewitt, P. L., Sherry, S. B., & Lay, C. (2012). Procrastination automatic thoughts as a personality construct: An analysis of the Procrastinatory Cognitions Inventory. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. doi:10.1007/s10942-012-0150-z.
- Haghbin, M., McCaffrey, A., & Pychyl, T. A. (2012). The complexity of the relation between fear of failure and procrastination. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. doi:10.1007/s10942-012-0153-9.
- Knaus, W. (1973). Overcoming procrastination. Rational Living, 8, 2–7.Google Scholar
- Knaus, W. (2010). End procrastination now!: Get it done with a proven psychological approach. New York: McGraw Hill.Google Scholar
- McCown, B., Blake, I. K., & Keiser, R. (2012). Content analyses of the beliefs of academic procrastinators. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. doi:10.1007/s10942-012-0148-6.
- O’Donoghue, R., & Rabin, M. (1999). Procrastination in preparing for retirement. In H. J. Aaron (Ed.), Behavioral dimensions of retirement economics (pp. 125–156). New York: Brooking Institution Press.Google Scholar
- Pychyl, T. A. (2011). Agency, responsibility and autonomy: An existential perspective on procrastination as self-regulation failure. Paper presented at the 7th Biennial conference on Counseling the Procrastinator in the Academic Context, Amsterdam.Google Scholar
- Robichaud, M. (in press). Cognitive behavioral case conference: A clinical case of generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.Google Scholar
- Searle, J. R. (2001). Rationality in action. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.Google Scholar
- Sirois, F. M., & Tosti, N. (2012). Lost in the moment? An investigation of procrastination, mindfulness, and well-being. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. doi:10.1007/s10942-012-0151-y.
- Stainton, M., Lay, C. H., & Flett, G. L. (2000). Trait procrastinators and behavior/trait-specific cognitions. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 15, 297–312.Google Scholar
- Widiger, T. A. (1997). Personality disorders as maladaptive variants of common personality traits: Implications for treatment. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy Special Issue: Personality disorders, 27, 265–282.Google Scholar