the rationalizer procrastinates

The skill of rationalization allows for procrastination, but even odder is that it often works to accomplish its goal. While it appears as self-sabotage, it shifts labor onto others: if you can get enough people invested in your success, they will carry you forward due to their anxiety watching you fail.

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