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Comment author: CronoDAS 12 April 2010 05:58:50PM 5 points [-]

Reading this post triggered one. I'm going to stop thinking about it now.

Comment author: pjeby 12 April 2010 06:32:30PM 9 points [-]

Don't -- the only way to disarm the electric fence is to get to the other side of it first.

Comment author: CronoDAS 13 April 2010 08:48:51PM 8 points [-]

Now that I have no more pressing matters to attend to (specifically, I had to do my taxes) and nobody else is using the computer, I can write a reply.

Mostly, this post reminded me of how I feel about doing homework. Once I almost had a panic attack from looking at a certain textbook. I think I don't have to worry about this particular "ugh field" too much, though, because all I have to do to not have any more homework is to stay out of graduate school.

I probably have some other ones related to thinking about the future in general (I have a tendency to imagine that I'm headed for some horrible fate) and introspection in general (which tends to lead to feelings of worthlessness and wallowing in self-pity). I could try to go into more details, but, well, you know, Ugh Field! ;)

Comment author: MBlume 25 March 2013 09:28:02PM 4 points [-]

This seems to be a serious problem. What do you do when you have enough vague procrastinatory ugh-fields that just reading good advice about procrastination makes you deeply afraid that you're going to have to think about one of them, so you wind up afraid to read/process it?

Comment author: TheOtherDave 25 March 2013 10:15:42PM 0 points [-]

The most reliable basic strategy for flattening out "ugh-fields" I know of is to decide on a single thing I want to un-ughify, and set up a schedule of reinforcement for myself for that thing.

If I wanted to un-ughify myself around reading advice articles about procrastination, for example, I would treat myself every time I read such an article for a while, then switch to an intermittent reinforcement schedule (e.g., treat myself for every third article), or still better a differential reinforcement schedule (e.g., treat myself for the 30% best articles I read each week).

That said, it's unlikely that reading advice articles about procrastination is a particularly high-value activity in the first place. Indeed, many people procrastinate that way.

Comment author: Christian_Szegedy 12 April 2010 06:42:17PM 4 points [-]

:) Yes. I also stopped reading when it came to official letters and late fees... ;)