Author Archives: David Rasch

About David Rasch

Author, psychologist, speaker, teacher, consultant, workshop leader

The Procrastination Wheel of Suffering: Part Three – Internal Pep Talks and Daydreaming

• Missed Goals: Pep Talks Now that the pattern of postponing has been established and your inner turmoil is activated, you attempt to establish goals for productivity to bring yourself to the task. As in the first stage of the Wheel … Continue reading

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Spinning on the Procrastination Wheel: Part 2 – Fear of Failure, Anxiety, Resentment

Fear of Failure; Anxiety As time passes you feel the need to get going and at this point you might experience tendrils of fear working their way into your consciousness. It begins to dawn that the task facing you may be more difficult … Continue reading

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Spinning on the Procrastination Wheel: Part 1- Unrealistic goals, delay start.

Let’s take a spin around the procrastination wheel and examine the issues. 1. Unclear, Unrealistic Goals; Denial of the Problem Even when there has been a consistent, enduring pattern of work avoidance in the past, it is common for procrastinators to … Continue reading

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Many a blocked writer languishes on the “Procrastination Wheel of Suffering”

Above is a visual depiction from my book of the process of procrastination. It is a summary of the patterns I frequently see in blocked writers, and based loosely on the Buddhist “Wheel of Samsara,” which depicts the cyclic, self-perpetuating nature of human suffering. … Continue reading

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Full-Prefrontal Writing Avoidance

Wikipedia describes the functions of the prefontal cortex thusly: The most typical psychological term for functions carried out by the prefrontal cortex area is executive function. Executive function relates to abilities to differentiate among conflicting thoughts, determine good and bad, better and best, … Continue reading

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Drop off the lab key, Lee: Fifty Ways to Leave your PhD Advisor

Paul Simon will assure you in his song that there really are fifty ways to leave your advisor, but I only have space in this blog post to discuss four of them. Forgive me – at least it’s a start. PhD students … Continue reading

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“Someone takes over and you just copy out what is being said…” Henry Miller

In the book Henry Miller On Writing, Miller describes both his struggle with agonizing writing blocks and ecstatic writing experiences when words came to him as if he was being dictated to. He discussed this dictation in an article in … Continue reading

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