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Derek S. Procrastination/TMS

Discussion in 'Ask a TMS Therapist' started by mulwoodscribe, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. mulwoodscribe

    mulwoodscribe Newcomer


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    One of my personalty traits that I am addressing in the TMS Educational Program is procrastination. I have always been a procrastinator and this trait has prevented me from being as successful as I believe I can be. I have journaled about procrastination and have speculated that the source of procrastination could be a response to overly high expectations that my parents had of me. It could also be a fear of failure. Or a fear of success. My question is: Does procrastination have any relationship to TMS and if it does, how can I overcome this trait? Thank you.
     
  2. Derek Sapico MFT

    Derek Sapico MFT TMS Therapist

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    Thanks for your question, mulwoodscribe. Ironically I didn't answer this until the very last minute.

    In your question you mention the high expectations of your parents and fear of failure and/or success as possible sources of procrastination. I would suggest that the expectations of your parents have been internalized. Your parents don’t have to pressure you anymore because your mind is doing it for them.

    Procrastination is the mind’s response to feeling an immense amount of pressure. It is essentially the mind saying “Stop putting so much pressure on me!”

    How does this relate to TMS? That's an interesting question.

    Perhaps procrastination is the mind’s way of rebelling against pressure, while TMS is the body's way of doing the same.

    Perhaps procrastination is an indirect outlet for the rage that you're repressing in response to the constant pressure you're putting on yourself.

    Perhaps procrastination is an unconscious way to bring yourself to a state of fight or flight, which is home for some people.

    Understanding this relationship though is pretty academic. The real question is, "What the hell do I do about it?!"

    Overcoming procrastination is a process of reconditioning your behavior and facing your feelings head on. When the urge to procrastinate comes up, use this as an opportunity to explore whether you're putting pressure on yourself, what that feels like in your body, and what emotions you may be experiencing.

    Like any kind of change, it will take time and practice. Be patient with yourself, you will get there with tenacity and relentless self-compassion.

    Best of luck in your recovery!

    Derek


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  3. Tennis Tom

    Tennis Tom Beloved Grand Eagle

    This looks like a very interesting topic----I'll read it later. :rolleyes:
     
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  4. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    @mulwoodscribe, you might want to check out The Now Habit, by Neil Fiore. It is a bestselling book about procrastination, but his description of procrastination reads like it could be taken, almost word for word, out of a book by Dr. Sarno. Basically, procrastination is something that our unconscious minds do in order to protect ourselves from powerful unconscious emotions. Sounds familiar, right? That's exactly how Dr. Sarno explains TMS!

    I learned about the book from a member of our forum named rdgrey. For him, The Now Habit was one of the things that helped him the most in overcoming his TMS. He wrote about it and about the connection between procrastination and TMS in this essay:
    http://www.tmswiki.org/ppd/What_Helped_Me_the_Most,_by_rdgray

    Thanks for the great answer, Derek!
     
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  5. mulwoodscribe

    mulwoodscribe Newcomer

    Thank you SO much, Forest. I'll pick up a copy of the book right away.
     
  6. mulwoodscribe

    mulwoodscribe Newcomer

    Thank you, Derek. I believe that are correct about my internalizing those feelings that my parents started. They are now mine and have been for decades. The challenge, as you said, is reconditioning my behavior, which is a major task, especially at my age (I'm 61). I will explore this further with my therapist and read Fiore's book as well. Thanks again for responding.
     
  7. Shirley

    Shirley Peer Supporter

    I just listened to this radio clip from a different place on the forum which makes that case for reprogramming our minds... I thought it reinforced the value of the intention. Might be a good one for you too. I'm "not young" too, but all we have is now. Let's make it work for us! Oops I thought I pasted in the clip but it didn't show up, it's from dr. Joe dispenza.
     
  8. Tennis Tom

    Tennis Tom Beloved Grand Eagle

    Still haven't gotten around to it but it's on my to-do list, waiting for Mercury to get out of retrograde.:yawn:
     
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  9. mulwoodscribe

    mulwoodscribe Newcomer

    Thank you Shirley. I will check out Dr. Dispnza's clip.
     
  10. Shirley

    Shirley Peer Supporter

    The first step is admitting you have a problem.
     
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    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

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