This chapter focuses on the temporal discontinuities found in procrastination. We argue that procrastination is particularly self-defeating because individuals fail to consider the future self's well-being. As such, we explore why and how procrastinators disconnect from the future self and highlight the negative consequences of this disconnection for health and well-being. To further understand procrastinators' present-future self-discontinuity, this chapter also offers evidence demonstrating how vivid mental imagery can operate alongside positive affective states to foster and sustain the temporally extended self. Finally, this chapter reviews how feeling more connected to the future self can have important benefits for health and well-being.

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Keywords Future self-continuity, Health, Mental imagery, Procrastination, Well-being
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Blouin-Hudon, E.M.C. (Eve-Marie C.), Sirois, F.M. (Fuschia M.), & Pychyl, T.A. (2016). Temporal Views of Procrastination, Health, and Well-Being. In Procrastination, Health, and Well-Being (pp. 213–232). doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-802862-9.00010-4

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