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“Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul.” — Ezra Taft Benson, former US Secretary of Agriculture
- Akrasia (pronounced “ah-KRAH-see-ah”) is the experience of realizing an action would be in your best interest… but you don’t do it.
- There are seven primary causes of akrasia:
- 1. You can’t define what you want.
- 2. You feel the task will bring you closer to something you don’t want.
- 3. You can’t figure out how you’re going to get from where you are right now to where you want to be.
- 4. You idealize the desired End Result to the point your mind estimates a low probability of achievement, resulting in Loss Aversion.
- 5. The “should” was established by someone else, not you, prompting Persuasion Resistance.
- 6. A competing action in the current Environment promises immediate gratification, while the reward of the task in question will come much later.
- 7. The benefits of the action are abstract and distant, while other possible actions will provide concrete and immediate benefits.
- Akrasia is one of the primary barriers to getting things done, and it’s tricky to resolve.
Questions for Consideration:
- When do you tend to experience Akrasia?
- What do you do when you notice an akratic situation?
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