“It turns out procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy, or work ethic as it is often regarded to be. It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth.
You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for whatever reason, developed to perceive and unusually strong association between their performance and their value as a person. This makes failure or criticism disproportionately painful, which leads naturally to hesitancy when it comes to the prospect of doing anything that reflects their ability – which is pretty much everything.”
Quote Number: 356
Source: Cain, David. “Procrastination Is Not Laziness.” Thought Catalog. February 26, 2013. Online Here
Source Notes: Note that Alexis Carrel was a believer in eugenics and the work that this quote came from strongly advocates such positions, and in its full context may have racist, anti-semetic, or other bigoted overtones.