The cover talked about resolving your "Procrastination-Protection Syndrome" and made it sound like it was going to be much about trying to solve a personal problem by figuring out what happened back in childhood that is its "root cause", which I think has been overwhelmingly demonstrated over the last hundred years to be generally a spectacularly unhelpful approach to personal problems, including (especially?) whatever problems genuinely are rooted in childhood experiences.
Anyway, then I started to read the prolegomenon:
Unlike other books that focus on mere behavioral change*, this book offers right-brain, emotional techniques--such as nondominant handwriting, indirect interviews, photohistory and the unique five-stage psychoautobiographical writing--for discovering and eradicating that "thing" in the back of our minds. That "thing" is a universal, unconscious sense of shame that is a normal part of the human condition.Er, no, thanks. You can keep the $15.
This underlying shame, which can trigger procrastination, is usually rooted in the first few years of life--regardless of one's upbringing. Because our memories of these pre-verbal years are stored primarily in the right brain, we must utilize right-brain techniques to eliminate problems of procrastination.
In response to each of these normal, everyday childhood experiences, a droplet of unconscious shame is added to a gradually expanding pool that may resemble an irritating muddy puddle; a deep, dark lake; or a raging sea. This pool corresponds to our level of procrastination, which can be of low, mid- or high intensity...
These techniques are greater toward allowing individuals to break free from the past and embrace a new way of living, working, and believing. If I can do it--while simultaneously consquering premenstrual syndrome, depression and seasonal affective disorder (I'm bracing myself for menopause)--you can, too.
Care to come along for the ride?
* Me, I think that "mere behavior change" is hardly ever "mere," especially if you are talking about a change that is supposed to last more than a couple days. Plus, I think if you are interested in changing a behavior, focusing on behavior change sounds like about exactly the best place to start.