The Dark Side of Conscientiousness: Life Satisfaction in the Face of Unemployment

A soon-to-be-published longitudinal study of 9,570 individuals revealed that conscientiousness has a dark side following unemployment. This is one of the first instances of research documenting that conscientiousness is not always good for well-being.

How Does Personality Influence Blog Writing and Reading?

A study in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies indicates that blog text presents consistent, readable cues about the blog author's personality. In addition, readers are more attracted to authors they think are similar in personality to themselves. So, which blogs are you reading here on Psychology Today?

What Are the Most Popular Goals in the World?

43 Things is the world's largest goal-setting community. It's a virtual place where people gather to list their goals. Really. Want to know what the "world's most popular goals" are? I did.

Why Procrastinators Aren't Very Happy

Although it would seem that procrastination should make us happier, as we're avoiding a task we'd rather not do, research consistently demonstrates that higher scores on procrastination are associated with lower scores on well-being and higher scores on measures of stress. Here's one reason procrastination doesn't buy happiness.

The Pernicious Perils of Perfectionism

Do you tend to ruminate on things? Generalize your failures to other tasks or situations? Pay too much attention to errors? Interpret ambiguous feedback as criticism? If so, you may have a problem with perfectionism. A new study reveals that a basic personality trait plays an important role in understanding this maladaptive approach to life.

Learning from our Limitations: Lance's Lesson

Sometimes, the most important lessons in life are the most difficult to learn. One of these lessons is about how much we can learn from our limitations; how learning to cope with and overcome our limitations can make us better.

Are Your Goals Value Congruent?

If our goals are not well aligned with our values or our sense of self, we're more likely to procrastinate. Value congruence and self-identity are part of our sense of the overall personal meaning of our goals. Our latest research indicates that low meaning is related to higher procrastination.

To Name it is to Tame It

Habits are tough, but we can change.

I'll Go to Therapy, Eventually

A new study suggests that procrastinators, younger people, males, and those overly concerned about their own social desirability are less likely to seek help with mental health concerns.

Adolescent Procrastination

Carl Pickhardt's recent blog posting about adolescent procrastination and stress certainly underscores the long-term consequences of this "do-it-at-the-last-minute" habit. Parenting, development and time management all play a role in adolescent procrastination. 

Procrastination and the Planning Fallacy

I've been enjoying reading Heidi Grant Halvorson's blog, The Science of Success. It interests me, because we both have our focus on successful goal pursuit. In her latest entry, she discussed the planning fallacy as one of our biases that can affect our task engagement. 

Procrastination: Feeling Overwhelmed, Helpless and Ready to Run Away

For the size of the wave, it's surprising how it catches us by surprise. You'd think we'd see it coming. Yet, each time we sit down to begin a difficult task that we'd rather avoid, here it comes - a huge tidal wave of negative emotions that overwhelms us. We feel incompetent. We feel like an imposter. We want to run away.

Time Management, Willpower, Success: A Source for Really Busy People

Have you ever wanted to read all of the self-help books you've seen on airport bookstore shelves, but lacked the time? Then this series of books may be just the thing for you. It's the "Coles Notes" of the self-help and motivational literature.

Appetite and Attitude: A powerful example of positive thinking

I don't know anyone with more tenacity than Lance Mackey when it comes to goal pursuit. A cancer survivor with the odds stacked against him in many ways, Lance simply set his sights on his goal - 1st place in what is known as the "Last Great Race on Earth" - the Iditarod. On Tuesday, March 16, 2010, Lance Mackey made dog mushing history winning his 4th consecutive Iditarod race. What can we learn from Lance? It's about appetite and attitude.

The Personality of the Workaholic and the Issue of "Self"

A study published this month explored the personality of workaholics. Of interest was the relation of narcissism and workaholism. 

Just Mush!

Sam Deltour is one of 72 mushers who entered the annual Iditarod Sled Dog race this year. This young man has some practical advice from the trail that can benefit us all when we face challenges in life.

Will You Remember to Read This Post Later When You Have Time?

A study published this month indicates that people who report that they manage their time well also report having good prospective and retrospective memory. Setting goals and priorities as well as a preference for being organized was also related to better memory.

March 4th! - It's National Procrastination Week

It's March fourth, and, of course, time to "march forth" right into the middle of National Procrastination Week. I suppose you could say it's ironic. I'm sure many see it as funny. I just think the farcical week reflects a misunderstanding of the difference between delay and procrastination. 

Stumbling on Meaning, Finding Happiness on the Way

In my last post, I presented my take on the cost of balance in life. Without thinking about it, at least without over-analyzing it, I ended my post by addressing my own particular "blend" of balance: work, play and love. It took another Psychology Today blogger to explain to me why I had arrived where I have. This is the blend for a meaningful life.

Thoughts on a Balanced Life

We marvel at good balance whether in nature, athletic pursuits or in our day-to-day lives. In our lives, balance is often advocated as a way to live more healthily and to decrease stress. If you are striving for balance, it's important to understand that it comes at a cost.

Confront the Difficult While it is Still Easy

My post today is short passage taken from the Tao Te Ching. It's a little something for our reflection as we face the tasks ahead of us today.

Forgive Yourself to Stop Procrastinating

One of our research papers that will soon appear in the journal Personality and Individual Differences explains how self-forgiveness may reduce subsequent procrastination. I'm revisiting this issue with this short post featuring two of our Carpe Diem cartoons.

Living Alone? Can Canine Companionship Help Beat Loneliness?

Our research just published in the journal Anthrozoös revealed that among pet owners with low levels of human social support, high attachment to pets predicted significantly higher scores on loneliness and depression. These findings highlight the complex nature of the relationship between pet ownership and psychological health.

A New Study on Maximizing Work Performance

In a paper soon to be published in Personality and Individual Differences, researchers discuss the practical implications of their study in terms of maximizing work performance. This recommendation includes a combination of personality, motivation orientation and organizational climate.

Planning and Procrastination

I have a question for the faithful readers of my Don't Delay blog. In fact, I have two questions. They're about how you plan and make intentions. Will you take a minute and answer them for me? (This is short, but interesting, I think.)

Focus on the Positive Outcome of Goals

Strategies, like implementation intentions, that are meant to enhance our goal pursuit are only really effective when we already have strong goal intentions. Here's an example of strengthening an exercise intention.

Are Procrastinators Just Lazy?

What does it mean to be lazy? Are procrastinators lazy?

Beating Procrastination on the Small Stuff

We're not always bothered by procrastination on our major goals. Putting off the small stuff can drive us nuts, and it all adds up. Here's a short post about a simple strategy for dealing with this needless delay.

Implementation Intentions Facilitate Action Control

I'm often asked what someone should do to reduce procrastination. One of my most common answers is, "It's not enough to have a goal intention, you need to have an implementation intention too." Today, I explain what an implementation intention is and how it works to overcome four common problems in goal pursuit. 

Overcoming Procrastination: Four Potential Problems During Goal Pursuit

Procrastination is not just a failure to get started. We can face a variety of problems and needlessly delay action at many stages of goal striving.

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