Are you suffering from displacement behavior?

Are you suffering from displacement behavior?

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We all have a lot of things to do and even more reasons not to do them. Recognize the feeling? You have a list if things you know you should do but instead you decide to check facebook, read a newspaper or do something else that is unrelated to the task at hand.

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When people do this we call it ‘procrastinating’ but when cats do it we call it ‘displacement behavior‘:

During a social conflict, for example, a harassed cat may be undecided about whether to run from its attacker or to stand and fight. Instead, the cat displays a third, unrelated behavior, such as grooming. This is a normal activity that cats find calming and reassuring.

Instead of grooming ourselves we find other calming and reassuring activities to keep us busy. Gotta write that report? Nah, I really need to re-sort my RSS feeds. Need to write that blogpost? No, I should definitely back-up my hard disk first.

Displacement behavior; you really don’t need it

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