Beyond Habit: The Intricate Psychology of Procrastination

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Founder:Bohangar City Practice: (ex Banking Analyst): Transforming Minds, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

Reading Time: 3 minutes

In the bustling heart of city life, the clock never stops ticking. Professionals are constantly racing against time, striving to meet deadlines and achieve their goals. Yet, amidst this whirlpool of activities, procrastination emerges as a silent adversary, often misunderstood and underestimated. It is more than just a bad habit; it is a complex psychological phenomenon rooted in our very psyche. Let’s delve deeper into the intricate psychology of procrastination.

The Underlying Causes

Procrastination is not merely a lack of willpower or discipline. It is a multifaceted issue with deep-seated psychological roots, including:

  • Fear of Failure: Many individuals procrastinate to avoid a potential failure, a protective mechanism to shield themselves from disappointment.
  • Perfectionism: The desire to deliver a flawless output can sometimes be paralyzing, leading to procrastination.
  • Low Self-Efficacy: A lack of belief in one’s abilities can hinder the initiation of tasks, fostering procrastination.

The Emotional Rollercoaster

Procrastination is intrinsically linked to our emotional state. It can be a vicious cycle where negative emotions lead to procrastination, which in turn fosters more negativity. Understanding this emotional rollercoaster is pivotal in breaking free from the chains of procrastination.

The Role of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

At the Bohangar City Practice, we employ Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) to unravel the complex web of procrastination. CBH offers a holistic approach, addressing both the cognitive and emotional aspects of procrastination. Through guided self-hypnosis and meditation, individuals learn to:

  • Identify Triggers: Recognizing the triggers that lead to procrastination is the first step towards overcoming it.
  • Develop Coping Strategies: CBH helps in developing strategies to cope with the emotions and thoughts that foster procrastination.
  • Build Resilience: Through regular practice, individuals build resilience, learning to bounce back from setbacks without falling prey to procrastination.

Empowering the Self

Procrastination can be a debilitating force, stifling creativity and hindering progress. However, understanding its psychological intricacies can empower individuals to overcome it. It is about fostering a mindset of self-compassion, where one learns to forgive oneself for past procrastination and move forward with a renewed sense of purpose.

The Psychology Behind Procrastination

The psychology behind procrastination is complex and multifaceted. It is often rooted in fear of failure, perfectionism, and a lack of motivation. Fear of failure can lead to procrastination as people may be afraid to start a task because they are worried about not being able to complete it or not doing it well enough. Perfectionism can also lead to procrastination as people may be afraid to start a task because they are worried about not being able to do it perfectly. Finally, a lack of motivation can lead to procrastination as people may not feel motivated to start a task because they don’t see the value in it or don’t believe they can do it.

How to Overcome Procrastination

The key to overcoming procrastination is to identify the underlying cause and then develop strategies to address it. For example, if fear of failure is the cause, then developing a growth mindset and focusing on the process rather than the outcome can help. If perfectionism is the cause, then setting realistic goals and focusing on progress rather than perfection can help. Finally, if a lack of motivation is the cause, then setting achievable goals and breaking tasks down into smaller, more manageable chunks can help.


Procrastination is a common problem that can have serious consequences. It is important to understand the psychology behind procrastination in order to effectively address it. By identifying the underlying cause and developing strategies to address it, it is possible to overcome procrastination and achieve success.

Disclaimer, Please Read: The information provided in this article is for illustrative and informational purposes only. It does not establish a therapist-patient relationship. For medical issues or emergencies, always consult with a licensed medical professional. For non-clinical challenges related to stress, anxiety, and other emotional or behavioural concerns, considering a consultation with a therapist may be beneficial. Bohangar City Practice is a registered Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy practice, specializing in combining cognitive behavioural techniques with hypnosis to address various challenges and promote well-being. Any questions, please do reach out

Buy Me A Coffee

MULTI-MODAL THERAPY: Cognitive, Behavioural, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, etc.

THERAPIST: Former City Analyst, City of London, Singapore, Zurich, and Frankfurt. 

If you are seeking Therapy please reach out for an initial free consultation call. Bohangar Hypnotherapy Practice. Hope you enjoy this blog post, would love to hear your comments  

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments


London Bridge & Chislehurst Therapy Practice:

Online or Face-to-Face

Late Evening / Night Appointments Available

procrastination 6 session product
Free Consultation
City stress and anxiety therapy programme at the bohangar city practice
Free Consultation

Unlock your minds potential: 

1 – to – 1 Cognitive Behavourial Hypnotherapy: when you thought all roads lead to no where

Embark on a profoundly enriching therapeutic journey alongside a caring former City Investment Banking Analyst, blending an altogether unique world perspective with a genuine warmth that fosters clarity, personal growth, and emotional well-being in an intimate one-on-one setting.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x

Interested to learn more

Any Queries will drop a line, Free Consultation before booking

Interested in overcoming Procrastination? All bookings require Free consultation - add your contacts for informal chat to discuss: Programme details will be emailed

Let's have a chat

Interested in Stress and Anxiety therapy? All bookings require Free consultation - add your contacts for informal chat to discuss: Programme details will be emailed

Let's have a chat